Sharon is one of those special people who put themselves on the line to help others. She's a longstanding and highly trained firefighter, often risking her life so others don't loose theirs. Her altruism isn't only to her own species, but it extends to all living beings. Sharon has worked hard for many years helping animals in her spare time. She's practical, down to earth and just the sort of person you want nearby in an emergency.
Q What made you become a vegan and when?
Sharon: I became a vegetarian over thirty years ago as a child after I discovered where my food came from. I didn't want others to suffer and/or die for my taste. And then three of four years ago I learned that I could be healthy and thrive without any animal based foods. I'm a vegan because I don't need to be any other way to be happy and healthy...and have fun!
Q What's your favourite meal?
Sharon: So sad....home made chips or mashed spuds with gravy, peas, mashed pumpkin and veggie sausages; or veggie risotto; or roast veggies; or pasta with chilli sauce...mmmm I'm into my food! Its hard to play favourites!
Q What do you cook the best, do you have a favourite recipe you'd like to share?
Sharon: I tend to throw things together, like roast chick peas, pine nuts, roast spuds and other veggies, then make a sauce with coconut milk, spices and herbs etc. It tastes great, but it's different every time because I never write it down. I like to be creative with flavour...not get too stuck in formula, it makes it more fun!
Q Are many of your family and friends vegans?
Sharon: none of my family, but some friends are vegan
Q What makes you happy?
Sharon: Laughter and life....the simple stuff....breathing and being above ground...and not taking it for granted. We are so lucky we can make our own choices...
Q What do you do to relax and unwind?
Sharon: Walk my girls (Meg and Mae - my canine friends), go jogging, catch up with friends for a refreshing beverage and nibbles
Q How do you keep fit?
Sharon: Gym work, weights, jogging, walking, yoga and swimming in summer...but I'm a bit of a wuss when it comes to cold water!
Q Do you have a favourite movie/book/blog that inspired you that you'd like to share with readers?
Sharon: My favourite movie is Harvey starring James Stewart, and reading "Edgars Mission Trottings", and Edgars Mission really!
Sharon: Any that will cater to vegans!!
Q Do you have a favourite restaurant?
Q What's been the best part of being a vegan?
Sharon: Being healthy and happy - with a sense of humour. And blowing the 'stereotype' of what we are supposed to be and look like out of the water!
Q Have you found any difficulties being vegan?
Sharon: Not really, they are other peoples issues, not mine.
Sharon: Give it a go, do what you can to make a difference, none of us are perfect, just do your best!
Q Is there anything else you'd like to say or add?