I was born in Apple Hill, Ontario (Glengarry County), and grew up with 6 brothers and 2 sisters.
Marriage brought me to Renfrew County in the 1960s. First to Beachburg and then in 1985 to a dairy farm in the Barr Line area between Cobden and Douglas. We presently farm with our son Scott.
I have served as president of the Renfrew County Holstein Club and sat on numerous committees within the community. I volunteer for the Cancer Society and at a local retirement home.
I have always had a love for country music. Many of my relatives had musical talents, but that gene escaped me! But I did learn to step dance.
I started as a volunteer receptionist at Valley Heritage Radio, and I’d always dreamed of becoming a DJ, so when the opportunity came along, I took the plunge. It was a huge learning curve (I am still learning) but no regrets.
I am grateful to Valley Heritage Radio for allowing me this opportunity to fulfil a dream. It is a pleasure and privilege to share country music with our listeners.
The Sheila Show
Sheila Vandekemp is the host of The Sheila Show heard every Sunday morning from 7 to 10 a.m.
Sheila showcases country artists, mostly from the 1950s. Every now and then you will hear a waltz, a bluegrass tune and maybe a surprise song.
And, as one of the biggest Merle Haggard fans on the planet, Sheila may even spin a Merle tune from time to time.