She’s one busy Sheila

OC­TO­GE­NAR­IAN IS GAME FOR A CHAL­LENGE

Mandurah Coastal Times - - COASTAL TIMES -

SHEILA Twine has plenty of let­ters af­ter her name – B.Ed (Hons), M.Ed, Phd and oth­ers – but now she says the great­est ti­tle of all is OBE (Over Bloody Eighty).

Twine is cel­e­brat­ing a dou­ble mile­stone this year – her 80th birth­day and the 50th an­niver­sary of her ar­rival in Aus­tralia.

She and her late hus­band Adam ar­rived in Aus­tralia in 1967 as Ten Pound Poms.

Now she is a very ac­tive widow with more strings to her bow than most.

Twine started POOPS (Pets of Older Per­sons) in Man­durah three years ago.

She is pres­i­dent of Man­durah Univer­sity of the Third Age, plays cro­quet and re­cently won the Con­nie House Tro­phy.

The one-time Ser­pen­tine-Jar­rah­dale shire pres­i­dent ini­ti­ated the his­toric guided walks and com­piled a trails guide and is a prin­ci­pal pa­tron and Friend of Man­durah Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre and a pop­u­lar guest speaker.

Along with a long list of boards and com­mit­tees, she has writ­ten more than a dozen books for teach­ers and par­ents of strug­gling chil­dren. She plays bridge, dances, paints and grows a com­mu­nity gar­den.

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