Sheryl has always had an interest in things out of the ordinary and from the mid 1970s she started exploring the field of near death experiences which deepened over the next decade. Then in 1988, she became a member of UFO Research Queensland and immediately joined the committee. Three years later she was elected President and held that position for 5 years before stepping down due to ill health. She was re-elected as President in 2004 and continues to hold that position today.
Sheryl was introduced to the UFO subject in 1980 by her father-in-law who had seen contactee George Adamski speak at Brisbane City Hall in the 1960s. But Sheryl was already predisposed to the idea of other life in the universe as a child when she would watch the stars at night and wonder if life existed elsewhere in the universe. The first UFO book she read was Inside the Spaceships by George Adamski which led her to devour as many books about the 1950s & 1960s contactees as she could. However, like many researchers in the 1990s she couldn’t help but give attention to the abduction phenomenon and attended an event where abduction researcher, Budd Hopkins, spoke for the first time in Brisbane. After his visit many people contacted UFORQ who were struggling with close encounters so she established the first UFORQ close encounter support group, facilitating another two groups since then. Many of the people Sheryl spoke to had sought hypnosis for their missing time experiences but Sheryl was dissatisfied with the hypnosis techniques used to recall their memories. She wanted to understand hypnosis more deeply so she enrolled in a 2 year course which she completed in 2000 and has worked as a professional clinical hypnotherapist ever since.
Sheryl is also the public relations officer for UFORQ and has partaken in many media interviews, written for a wide range of UFO and new age magazines, and has given countless presentations to community groups such as Rotary, Lions, Probus, VIEW, Australian Seniors, Senior Citizens groups, library groups, schools and private groups. She has also given innumerable presentations on the UFO subject at public meetings, conferences and seminars.
Sheryl has had a near death experience, UFO sightings and a close encounter among many other paranormal experiences. In 2012 she established the Afterlife Discussions group which explores death & dying experiences and the afterlife. She now studies shamanism and feels it is subjects like this that will give us more clues about the UFO phenomenon. Sheryl is also a Reiki teacher, colour therapist, and teaches classes in mindfulness meditation, art therapy and shamanic journeying among others. Her website is www.bodylight.com.au