People have passion for certain things but only a few of them make careers out of these passions. Sherry Holmes is one of those few people who have made a career out of something she truly enjoys. She is a renowned residential builder although she never expected to pursue that path, she is also a TV personality, motivational speaker, and home designer. Her particular forte is in the field of building constructions and design and she has performed excellently in this line of business.
Given the fact that she’s a female thriving effortlessly in such a male-dominated field, she has inspired many females to go into seemingly female-impossible occupations. As a result, she has piqued the interest of everyone and the public is yearning to know more about the young, multi-talented, and hard-working Sherry Holmes.
Sherry Holmes Was Born Into a Catholic Family
She was born on the 21st of June, 1987 in Ontario, Canada, to Mike Holmes and Alexandra Lorex. She also happened to be the couple’s second child and is 34. The family belongs to the Catholic Church where religion and traditions were highly valued and respected. Her father, Michael James Holmes is a builder/contractor, businessman, and philanthropist. He also happens to be a famous TV personality, not from appearing in a blockbuster movie but he appears in a reality TV series, where he helped homeowners fix their poor home renovations.
Sherry Holmes’s mother, Alexandra Lorex is not a public personality, and asides from her name, her personal information is not made known to the public.
Holmes Had Quite a Rough Childhood
While Sherry Holmes is currently having blissful adulthood, we cannot neglect the fact that she didn’t have a settled childhood. A few years after her birth, her parents separated and she had to live with her paternal grandparents, Jim and Shirley Holmes, together with her siblings. At that time, it was rumored that the separation was caused by a breakdown in her father’s business, leading to financial struggle and recession in the home. So, even after the separation, her father could not provide for all three children so they were compelled to live with their grandparents.
During this period, she was only six and even though she was not living with her father, she still visited him every weekend, alongside her siblings. There is no information on the relationship between the children and the mother, so it is rumored that her mother disappeared after the separation. Therefore, Sherry does not have a healthy relationship with her birth mother.
Her Father’s Job Played a Major Role in Inspiring Her Choice of Career
Mike Holmes, Sherry’s father, learned building construction from his father. At the age of 19, he already had his first contracting company with 13 crews, then he also founded his own renovation company two years after. After the separation between him and his wife, his children visited him on weekends and he engaged them on things relating to his work and they started assisting him. This was the way Sherry started acquiring knowledge about the construction business.
In 2006, he founded Holmes Foundation after he noticed poor renovations done to people’s houses. The foundation aimed to encourage young people to join the construction trade and also assist others during renovations. The foundation became quite popular and his name and business started gaining ground within the country. Consequently, he began a TV series, ‘Holmes on Homes’ where he aired his work and how he taught and assisted homeowners about renovation problems. This TV series became quite popular and before long, he started hosting different TV shows regarding building problems. During this time, Sherry had become quite knowledgeable about the business so she started featuring on the shows as well.
He received several awards and was the author of many best-selling novels. All these factors which Sherry Holmes grew up in facilitated her drive for the construction business.
Sherry Holmes’ Initial Passion Was to Be an Adventurer, Not a Building Contractor
Oddly, Sherry began as an avid traveler and her goal was to travel around the world. Right after college, she wanted to turn that dream into reality and decided to start saving up for it. To provide funds for her dream, she worked behind the scenes on her father’s TV show, Holmes on Homes. In the process of working with her dad, she unconsciously started getting an interest in the construction business and became a part-time member.
Her first full and active involvement was in 2008. That year birthed Hurricane Katrina which caused the loss of many homes. She traveled to New Orleans alongside her father’s team to help build homes for the victims of the hurricane. In an interview, she described the experience as ‘quick and crazy hot’ as she was the only female on the team.
After her amazing work in New Orleans, she permanently joined her father’s crew and joined the Art Designers department in 2009. The adept builder has been thriving ever since. She has appeared on tons of reality shows like ‘Make it Right’, ‘Mike’s Ultimate Garage, and many building-related shows.
Particularly because she’s a female in such a line of business, her popularity has increased and she has amassed a lot of fame and wealth as a home designer. Her net worth was estimated to be about $4 million as of 2021.
A Motivational Speaker, Sherry Holmes Is An Ambassador For ‘Skills Canada’
Many people might be wondering how Sherry got the title of a motivational speaker. Over the years, she has been advocating for female empowerment and has been on several shows to air her opinion. She advises her fellow women to acknowledge skill trades and go into professional jobs, even though they might be male-dominated.
She has always pushed this notion even in interviews and it made people tag her as a motivational speaker, especially for the female gender. She also believes that she is a public speaker and she has taken quality advantage of that to further encourage and motivate women. Consequently, she has become a mentor and ambassador for different organizations like ‘Skills Canada’ and ‘Build A Dream’.
She Was Once Diagnosed With Brain Tumor
In the year 2002, Sherry Holmes was diagnosed with a brain tumor through a CT scan. She was just 15 years old when this happened, so it was burdening for her, but she had the support of her grandparents, siblings, and father.
After the discovery of the illness, emergency surgery was carried out on her to remove the tumor which turned out to be successful. Her father believed that it was the CT scan that majorly saved her life because if it was not discovered, she would have been dead. The whole episode motivated her father to support hospitals and he started donating machines and equipment to hospitals in his hometown, Halton Hills.
Sherry Holmes is Married With a Child
She is married to Blake Steed, her long-time boyfriend. They got married on December 12, 2018, in St. Lucia. It was quite a private function with family, close friends, and colleagues present at the wedding. At the time of the wedding, she was already six months pregnant with her first child. Three months after the wedding, she gave birth to her first child on April 21, 2019. She named the baby girl Cali Kay Holmes Steed and she remains Sherry Holmes and Blake Steed’s only child to date.
The couple currently resides in Toronto, Canada, and they are known to be really private about family affairs.
She Shares a Close Bond With Her Two Siblings
Sherry Holmes is the second child of her parents with an older sister and a younger brother. Her sister, Amanda Holmes, is 36 years old, making her three years older than Sherry Holmes. Amanda, unlike her sister, is not into the construction business.
Although she assists her father with the business behind the scenes, she is not an active field worker. She works as an office manager for her father’s business. Her brother, Mike Holmes Jr. is two years younger than Sherry. Just like his father, he is active in construction work, and he is also a building contractor. The family is close-knit as they all work together on several projects.