Sheila Bethel is English, from Thetford, Norfolk, in the East of England and is a longtime permanent resident in The Bahamas.
She studied Art at the University of London, Chelsea College of Art and obtained an MA in Graphic Design and Illustration, followed by a BA in Photo-Journalism and Public Relations. This led to a lifetime advertising career, initially in London, England, then Nairobi, Kenya and subsequently The Bahamas, where she headed her own Advertising & PR Agency and video studio, servicing many leading businesses and government agencies in the nation. She is now a consultant for media, websites, PR and graphics services. Her writing skills are being used as an editor, ghost writer and publisher for several Bahamas authors.
An avid photographer her photos & articles have appeared (amongst others) in Italian Vogue, Southern Boating, N.Y. Times, Travel & Leisure, Boston Globe, the Wall Street Journal and in advertising for the Ministries of Tourism in Kenya and The Bahamas.
An animal lover, she is a registered British falconer; in the U.K. she has raised young animals ranging from bottlefed lion cubs, polecats and foxes to rehabilitating injured falcons and hawks. Her animal work has continued in Nassau, where she is always surrounded by a menagerie of any creature in need of help or rescue.
Her commitment to community service began at the age of five, when she made her first speech and cut a ribbon at a charity event! This early start later lead to her involvement in community service. In The Bahamas, she joined Rotary International in 2003 and has received several local and international Rotary awards. She served as the Rotary International Assistant Public Image Coordinator for Georgia, Florida and the Caribbean from 2013-2017 and as Coordinator in 2017-2020.