In lieu of floral tributes, Sheila's family have lovingly designated Impact Fund for donations in her memory. 

in memoriam: Sheila THOMAS

 Sheila pictured here at the 2017 Impact Fund Gala was always an advocate for the causes and communities she loved.

Sheila pictured here at the 2017 Impact Fund Gala was always an advocate for the causes and communities she loved.

 

Sheila Thomas

Our friend and former Impact Fund board member Sheila Thomas passed away on August 8 from complications due to breast cancer. Anyone who knew Sheila, and even those who met her in passing, knew she was a force. Sheila was thoughtful, insightful, funny, loving, smart… I loved being around Sheila; when I saw her across the room, I knew I had to make my way over to her because I’d leave with a laugh, or an opinion, and usually both. 

She spent her life trying to make the world better, and she understood that the task required her to be an example of what we can become with introspection, hard work, and compassion. She was such an example of these traits. She cared about serious things, but she knew that life was too short to pass through without joy. Her passing is a deep loss for our community. I’m grateful for her contributions to our shared values of justice, and to be part of this group, which I know she held dear.  

Christian Schreiber                                            Impact Fund Board Chair

Sheila's Memorial Service took place on Friday, September 14, 2pm - 5pm at Oakland Center for Spiritual Living, 5000 Clarewood Drive, Oakland, CA 94618.

In lieu of floral tributes, Sheila's family have lovingly designated the Impact Fund for donations in Sheila's memory. 

Sheila was a prolific blogger and contributed a beautiful post to our Practitioner Blog on September 25, 2015: Social Justice & Spirituality.