Shirley continues to support BCIC, drawing on her years of experience with Blissymbolics and with Bliss users.
As a special educator, she has been teaching - first children, then adults - persons with cerebral palsy since 1968.
She retired from the position of executive director in 1989. She currently serves on the Blissymbolics Communication InternationaI Board of Directors (BCI).
She continues to participate as a member of the BCI International Panel for Symbol Development. Shirley serves as Chair of Blissymbolics Communication Institute-Canada. In this role, she continues to support the literacy and communication endeavours of Bliss users and Bliss alumni, as BCIC resources permit. Her most recent project for BCIC is the founding, with Audrey King, of the Bliss i-Band, co-sponsored by the Lillian Meighen and Don Wright Foundation and BCIC in 2014. Initially Shirley served as Music Director of the i-Band and now continues as administrator for the i-Band under the music direction of Aaron Lightstone, with additional financial support from Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Arts Council.
Shirley possesses the Order of Canada and has been dedicated to the teaching of Blissymbolics since 1971.