Women of Inspiration™ Podcast EP9 – Sharilyn Amy, Owner, and Developer, Oceano Patagonia
Women of Inspiration™ Podcast with host Monica Kretschmer. Interviewing women making an impact, locally, nationally and globally. Join our podcast to listen to the inspiring journeys of women blazing the rails, leading by example, ignoring the naysayers and inspiring those around them to take action and dream big.
In this episode, we have the honour of interviewing Sharilyn Amy, Owner and Developer Oceano Patagonia and 2019 Women of Inspiration Humanitarian.
It is a timely interview as we discuss the impact of the current global economic pandemic, compassion, gratitude for our front-line teams and drawing on the adversity from her past to face the challenges today! Hear Sharilyn’s inspiring story of a young strong, academic woman living on the streets as a young teen was inspired to choose a career leading her to work for the Red Cross as a delegate for disaster relief to completing her MBA, to embarking on a solo journey to Argentina to building an award-winning ecological boutique hotel in Argentina where she works to create global sustainability advocates with each guest as they experience up-close experiences with animals in the wild. When she is not creating experiences and running her eco-friendly hotel, she is working on bringing justice to organized crime groups that harass the businesses in the region.
Born in Vancouver, Sharilyn Amy launched a humanitarian career in 1996 with the Canadian Red Cross in Calgary. Her role quickly expanded to an international career in disaster response communications that saw her work in the slums of Bangladesh, the flooded regions of China, and Geneva, Switzerland where she managed communications operations globally. Humanitarian work forever changed her views on our personal social responsibility. Returning to Canada to raise her family, Sharilyn worked nationally to help expand a child abuse prevention and anti-bullying program. She then established Go-To Group in 2002, a consultancy that focused on social enterprise and innovation in the non-profit and non-government sectors. In 2008 she completed her MBA and expanded her client base and the number of other consultants working with her. After 12 years of making an impact in the Calgary and Canadian NGO landscape, Sharilyn transitioned with her two children to Argentina. There she established a community economic development tourism project benefiting subsistence goat farming families in the Andes Mountains. Not long after, she developed and now runs an award-winning eco-hotel, Océano Patagonia, in the heart of a UNESCO World Heritage site and biosphere reserve.
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