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The Bermuda Sun is not alone in celebrating its 50th birthday today — Sheena Maybury (nee Manders) was also born on May 16, 1964.

Mrs Maybury’s 50th will be a quiet affair with a few friends and family over to help her celebrate the occasion.

We reached out to her to share in the joy of our shared milestone.

She told the Bermuda Sun: “I really wanted to have a party to celebrate… but right now it looks like I’ll have a quiet one. I will go to the spa to pamper myself for the day and probably just spend the time with the family in the evening.”

Mrs Maybury, an accounts administrator with Montpelier Re, said some of the biggest highlights of her life involve family. 

“One would be giving birth to my beautiful daughter Sasha and marrying my husband Perry Maybury.”

While brothers Andre, Anthony and Arnold are well-known sportsmen and husband Perry a former Somerset Cricket Club captain, Mrs. Maybury has her own athletic legacy. She travelled to various countries representing Bermuda in netball and softball. She played softball for Royal and netball with PCC.

One of her favourite local news events was when Somerset won Cup Match in 1996.

And there’s plenty to look forward to, as well; Mrs Maybury’s daughter Sasha graduates from Bermuda Institute next month: “I am also looking forward to seeing her graduate form college.”

After Sasha gets her degree, Mrs Maybury intends to travel more. As a national team sportswoman, she has already travelled quite widely to places like Cuba, St Lucia, England, and Scotland.  But her favourite place is Florida.

Mrs Maybury took some night classes after secondary schoo, paid for by International Risk, and has been keen to watch and learn from others throughout her career.

She started off as a filing clerk at International Risk and worked her way up. 

“I’ve worked in the marketing department and with the underwriters and now I’m in accounts administration. I’m handling most of the accounts in Bermuda for Montpelier Re.” 

Mrs Maybury said the one news event that sticks out in her mind over the past 50 years is 9/11.

“I remember waking up and turning on the TV, but it was on mute. I saw this plane go into a building and thought ‘What movie is this?’ When I turned off the mute I realized it wasn’t a movie — I will never forget what I saw that morning.” n

Mrs Maybury said her hope for Bermuda over the next 50 years is “for everyone to get along. All this fighting — especially in politics — we just need to be as close as we used to be. We were friendly and people helped each other. The friendliness we used to have needs to come back. I just hope we can get back to that, those were the good old days.

“We didn’t have all this crime. We used to be able to leave our doors unlocked. In the neighbourhood, everybody looked out for everybody.”