Sharline grew up in a loving and close-knit family in Uganda. Her father was an educator and business man and her mother was a businesswoman who, to this day, is the family rock. Both of her parents instilled in her a spirit of tenacity and hard work. They taught her that anything worth doing is worth doing well.
As a little girl, Sharline was extremely precocious and always asked "Why?" She respectfully challenged authority and the status quo to answer that probing question, and never settled for an answer that was neither rational nor practical. Subsequently she was nicknamed "Why."
Her world of wonder and discovery was turned upside down by a series of atrocious events amidst political upheaval. By the time she was 16, she had survived two wars. Sharline came to the United States as a refugee and was welcomed by this community. Her first jobs were as a caregiver to youth with special needs at the Fernald School and as a cashier at Osco Drug on River Street. She went on to work as a teacher, writer, and health care aide.
Sharline's parents on a train in London in the 1970s.
She also became active in community organizing. Sharline served the African community in Massachusetts as co-chairperson of the Governor’s African Council, an independent initiative that aimed to strengthen the African voices in Massachusetts through political and civic engagement through Governor Deval Patrick’s re-election campaign. She also worked as a campaign volunteer for many of our leaders in the state, including Ward 6′s own Peter Koutoujian, Sheriff of Middlesex County. In Waltham she worked at St. Peter's Church of Uganda as the children's minister, re-structuring the children's ministry, and facilitating the church’s growth.
Sharline loves hearing and telling stories. As an Emerson College alumna with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism, some of her stories have been featured in The Boston Globe, New Vision, Uganda’s leading Newspaper, Touching Lives Magazine, Ready, WEBN and on WCATV where she volunteered as a reporter and anchor, and worked as marketing director. She continues to share her own story of her parenting journey with hundreds of readers on her Facebook group, This Thing Called Parenting.
However, when asked what her greatest accomplishment is, Sharline says it's being a mom to a loving, exceptional, extraordinarily brilliant, God-loving, and beautiful young lady. "If I have had any success in life, it is seeing my daughter’s passion for service to others. A recent graduate, on a full scholarship to the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, from Georgetown University - Elizabeth is the Litigation Manager for Georgetown's General Counsel. This is the passion I shared with her, and it is the passion I continue to share with my constituents," says Nabulime.
As a Ward 6 resident, she's heard so many amazing stories from her neighbors about their lives, making this community what it is today. She's also listened to some that are tales of hardship. She hears from our seniors about housing and over-development, traffic, and threats to our open space. As the Ward 6 Councillor, she wants to keep hearing all of these stories and keep fighting and working hard to be your voice on the Council, advocating for your needs and rights.
Sharline is always listening to you and honored to be your voice on City Council. She does this with the passion, expertise, and love for Waltham that has proven to be what we need representing Ward 6 on the Waltham City Council.
Sharline and her daughter at home in Waltham