After graduating from Portage Collegiate Institute with honours, Shelby went to Assiniboine Community College earning qualifications as an LPN, and then on to Red College for her Bachelor of Nursing. Shelby currently lives in her hometown of Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, with her husband Connor and son Nolan.
During her high school years, Shelby was a forward for the PCI Saints. A tenacious forward who won several team awards throughout her tenure with the team including a Coaches Award for her positive attitude and overall coach-ability in her graduating year. Coach Jo-Anne Clark-Gillespie has this to say about Shelby:
We asked Shelby about her experience playing high school hockey, and she has recalled:
Thinking about all her fond memories, Shelby reflected. “I remember the bus rides together - and at PCI, we rode the bus for every road game. The wins, the losses, the highs, and the lows. Not sure I can pick one moment. They all made the experience what it was. My high school hockey journey was one of my favourites in general. My husband and I often talk about team sports (we both played hockey). We hope our children are interested in playing because it helped shape us into the people we are today and provided us with such great memories and opportunities!"