Select Page

In Person: Shaun Bos

In Person: Shaun Bos

One Busy Woman of the Year

“If you want something done, ask a busy person.” Kelowna’s Shaun Bos is one of those busy people and her efforts were recently recognized with the Sarah Donalda Treadgold Memorial Award as Kelowna’s Woman of the Year.

Shaun Bos

Photo by Karla Rosalin Photography

As a child, Shaun moved around quite a bit. She actually lived in Kelowna several times until finally, in 1998, she moved here with her son and settled down. One day she decided to help a friend at a fundraiser. “I went out to help Romany Runnels at the beer hole at the Edgecombe Builders golf tourney for the SPCA. We had so much fun! You do it once, and then people find out what you can do and they ask you to help. I had a hard time saying no,” she says.

In 2012 alone, Shaun volunteered for 15 different events. Looking back, she’s a bit shocked at how much of her time was spent helping others. “I guess if you add it all up, I’ve put in almost 5,000 volunteer hours.” To anyone else, that’s a serious amount of time; to Shaun, it’s how she lives her life. “When I found out I was nominated for Women of the Year, I burst into tears,” she says. “It was unreal that I was being nominated for just doing what I do.”

An incomplete list of her causes includes the SPCA, Rock the Dress for Breast Cancer, Help Portraits, Gospel Mission, Women’s Shelter and NOW Canada. She’s also president of the Central Okanagan Parent Advisory Council (COPAC).

Shaun, single mother of a teenage boy, does all of this plus three jobs. “I love to tell people I shoot women,” she laughs, referring to her business, Shaun Bos Photography. “I get to play dress up with women in the studio. It’s a tough job, eating chocolates and drinking sparkling wine while laughing with women and taking their photos.”

In 1998, although she had a fine arts degree and had studied fashion design, Shaun went back to school and became a registered massage therapist. She still works with select clients through NuDepth Therapeutic Massage—when she’s not shooting women, teaching at CATO (Centre for Arts and Technology) or volunteering.

“This year I am focusing my volunteer hours in one place,” says Shaun. She is now a director with the Wish Come True Society (WCTS), whose mission is to build a children’s respite/hospice house here in Kelowna.

“Two years ago I met Markus Smythe, a nine-year-old kid on his third bout with cancer. We raised enough money through a WCTS golf tournament to get him and his family to a Vancouver hospice house. All Markus wanted was to be near his puppy and he couldn’t be. He died in Vancouver six weeks after the tournament and he never got to see his dog again,” she wipes away a tear. “If we’d had a place here, he could have visited his home, seen his friends and his puppy. It touched me so deeply when I found out how many children out there need something like this respite centre/hospice house. That’s the single mission of the WCTS. Our next event is the eighth annual Ugly Jacket contest presented by Bellamy Homes and country 100.7 on July 24 at the Harvest Golf Club.”

So if you want something done, you’re going to have to ask a different busy person. Shaun’s all booked up for 2013.

Related Post

About The Author

Darcy Nybo

A regular contributor, Darcy Nybo loves sharing information about people and places in the Okanagan. With a strong background in business and marketing, she created Always Write, a unique company that revolves around periodical writing, businesses/marketing writing, and author assistance. She loves living her dream of being a writer in the Okanagan Valley.

30,000 giveaway for small business okanagan

Current Issue

yearly-subscribeDigital Edition - Yearly Subscription

Each month, we're giving away 30 free annual subscriptions to celebrate our 30th year in publishing! With a digital subscription, you can enjoy Okanagan Life on your tablet.

Upcoming Events

7:30 pm Kelowna Fan Experience 2018 @ Kelowna Community Theatre
Kelowna Fan Experience 2018 @ Kelowna Community Theatre
Mar 23 @ 7:30 pm – Mar 25 @ 10:03 pm
Kelowna Fan Experience 2018 @ Kelowna Community Theatre | Kelowna | BC | Canada
Kelowna Fan Experience March 23, 24 & 25 at Kelowna Community Theatre, Rotary Centre For The Arts, The Black Box Theatre & Okanagan Regional Library New Vintage Theatre is ready to party! It is our[...]
6:00 pm Communal Table Dinner Series @ Quails' Gate
Communal Table Dinner Series @ Quails' Gate
Mar 28 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Communal Table Dinner Series @ Quails' Gate | West Kelowna | BC | Canada
Join us on Wednesday’s for our long table dinners, each time exploring a different theme or region in the world. Enjoy 3 family-style courses for $55 per person (plus tax & gratuity). January 10: France[...]
7:30 pm 54•40 @ Kelowna Community Theatre
54•40 @ Kelowna Community Theatre
Mar 31 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
54•40 @ Kelowna Community Theatre | Kelowna | BC | Canada
  54 40 Unplugged: Songs & Stories is an intimate and reimagining of 5440’s greatest hits performed as you’ve never heard them before. Featuring original arrangements of violin, guitar, banjo, mandolin and more this performance[...]
7:00 pm Stampeders At Kelowna Community ... @ Kelowna
Stampeders At Kelowna Community ... @ Kelowna
Apr 8 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Stampeders At Kelowna Community Theatre @ Kelowna | Kelowna | BC | Canada
THE ORIGINAL STAMPEDERS, KIM BERLY, RICH DODSON AND RONNIE KING, were one of Canada’s top rock groups in the early 70’s, having won Juno Awards in the categories ‘Best Group,’ ‘Best Single,’ ‘Best Producer’ and[...]


Error: Please enter a valid email address

Error: Invalid email

Error: Please enter your first name

Error: Please enter your last name

Error: Please enter a username

Error: Please enter a password

Error: Please confirm your password

Error: Password and password confirmation do not match