Owner, Leaders of Tomorrow Academy
N ine years ago, Sheila Harjani and her family moved to Canada from Indonesia so her children could receive better education. She didn’t imagine they’d stay so long but they’ve grown to love the area. Sheila started out working at Purdy’s Chocolatier before launching Leaders of Tomorrow Academy, a leadership and public speaking training program for children and teenagers.
Sheila comes from a long line of entrepreneurs and has always wanted to start a business. When the pandemic hit last March, they had to transition their in-person training to online classes and were then able to welcome students from around the world to the Academy.
With five children, including a set of quadruplets, Sheila is often called “supermom” and she says nothing fazes or surprises her anymore. Now that her children are young adults, Sheila enjoys baking, cooking and blogging but while her children were growing up she homeschooled them while the family travelled throughout North America playing competitive golf.
Sheila now lives in Richmond and has noticed the sharp increase in housing prices in the Greater Vancouver area. She says it’s so much more challenging for people who come from hardship or a place of insecurity to find housing and thinks this affordable housing project is a noble thing to do.
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“Nobody dies in Indonesia when they live outdoors because the weather is so temperate. When I think about people here having to sleep outside on top of all this hardship, I know we need to do what we can to help.”