Shannen received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics in 2002 from the University of Saskatchewan. Prior to that, she received a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Native Studies in 1998, also from the University of Saskatchewan.
After completing her university education, Shannen lived and worked in South Korea and the US from 2003 to 2005. During that time, she travelled and worked in various countries and cities, and has many interesting stories to share.
She started her career in financial services in 2007 with Sun Life Financial where she was the Long-Term Care Insurance Specialist. From there, she moved to CIBC Imperial Service where she worked as a Financial Advisor for High Net Worth clients serving Prince Albert and La Ronge branches. In 2010, she moved to Thierman Financial, where she handled insurance, investments and lending products with a focus on educating and advising clients to help them meet their goals. In 2020, Shannen decided to forge out on her own and opened Prairie Lily Financial.
She received her Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation in 2013, her Certified Executor Advisor (CEA) designation in 2016. She is a member of Advocis, the Financial Advisors Association of Canada, the Betty-Ann Heggie Womentorship Program and the International Society of Female Professionals.
Shannen has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Manulife Bank President Award 2011 (#3 in Canada), and various BOB Awards. In 2019, Shannen was nominated for the Samuel McLeod Female Business Leader of the Year with the Prince Albert Chamber of Commerce. In 2021, under her leadership, Prairie Lily Financial was nominated for the Samuel McLeod New Business Venture. Currently, she is recognized as a top advisor with Canada Life and Financial Horizons Group.
Shannen is proud to be a donor of the Prince Albert Mobile Crisis Unit and Sexual Assault Center. Previously, she sat on various boards, including Habitat for Humanity, Prince Albert affiliate, and the Canadian Cancer Society, Prince Albert unit.
In her spare time, Shannen enjoys spending time with friends and family, travelling, reading, yoga, gardening, cross-fit, rowing and spending time with her cat and two dogs.