Shirley Ann May (SAM) was born on Christmas Day 1930.
She spent her childhood battling the line between being a well behaved young lady and her rebellious spirit. She proved that you could be both and still be feminine, wearing a dress and pigtails while playing pranks on family and friends and running through the fields barefoot.
Shirley then grew out of her prankster phase and became a wife and mother of 2 boys. Raising her children and maintaining a household was not enough. She was most comfortable volunteering at the hospital where she worked for 30 years. She only wanted to work in the emergency department where she could help comfort the injured with compassion and humor.
Shirley started volunteering at the Girl Guides of Canada to support, teach and encourage young girls in her community. This also gave her an opportunity to share her love of crafts and needlework with a new generation. She made beautiful sweaters and blankets for her family and detailed cross stitch pieces, each one lovingly stitched with SAM, her initials, in the bottom right corner.
Shirley's giving nature, her dedication to supporting others, her creativity and her rebellious spirit were part of the inspiration for her granddaughters to start this company. Combining empowerment and quality is something she stood for and showed through example in her daily life