Watermark Philanthropic Advising


“Sharilyn’s thinking has been very clear, practical and relevant to the issues before us in the Foundation. Our work with her has left us energized and excited about the future of the Foundation, with confidence we will be poised to make a greater impact on our society.”

Wayne Powell, Chair of the Scotiabank Foundation Board and Vice President & Head Retail Banking, English Caribbean for Scotiabank International Banking

“Insightful and donor-focused, Sharilyn has a heart for philanthropy that is evident in her work with donors, Boards and staff.  She is a gifted strategist and great to work with.” 

Mridula Joyner, CFRE
former Vice President, Philanthropy, YMCA Toronto

“Sharilyn is my ‘go-to’ person when I need some real expertise.  She is extremely well versed in fundraising and understands the nuances involved in working with volunteers, donors and other leaders.”

Ann Rosenfield, MBA, CFRE
former Executive Director, WoodGreen Foundation

“Sharilyn is organizationally savvy and consistently provides tremendous value.  Her counsel, informed by experience and research, helped us leverage new revenue opportunities.”

Paulette Senior
CEO, Canadian Women’s Foundation
former CEO, YWCA Canada
Chair, Women’s College Hospital


“I can’t thank Sharilyn enough.  We have implemented a new and vibrant fundraising strategy that fits who we are, and we also have the policies and systems – and Board policy – in place to support it effectively.”

Ekua Asabea Blair
CEO, The Massey Centre for Women

“Sharilyn is a skilled facilitator with an strong knowledge base in governance and Board leadership. In her work with our organization, she challenged our thinking and guided us through a process to determine clear steps to continuous improvement. Her approach set us on a path that will have a lasting, positive impact, well beyond the scope of her engagement.”

Amy Coupal
CEO, My Class Needs Foundation

“Sharilyn has assisted The Centre on Philanthropy for a number of years. She has spoken at our conferences and given workshops geared for our local nonprofit community.  She has made a point of learning about the Bermuda environment and has shown great cultural sensitivity when presenting materials here.  She has proven to be an effective trainer, a well-received speaker and a trusted advisor and friend.”

Pam Barit Nolan
former CEO, The Centre on Philanthropy (Bermuda)

 “I was very impressed with Sharilyn’s style and manner of presentation and have had positive feedback from our board Trustees.”

Linda Parker
Head of School, Bermuda High School for Girls