My family and I have been residents of Maple Ridge since 1995. I’ve been married to Dean for 30 years and together, we have three grown children. Although I grew up in East Vancouver, I have memories of driving through Maple Ridge to go to Alouette Lake. when I was a child. After marrying, Dean and I moved aboard our 42 foot sailboat, which we lived on for 14 years, while the kids were young. Moving to Maple Ridge was a simple transition from life on the boat, from the perspective of having easy access to the beautiful outdoors, which was the true benefit of living on a boat on the Westcoast. I worked at Vancouver General Hospital as a Food Service Supervisor for 14 years, but left the profession to stay home with my kids while they were young. My involvement in my children’s school’s Parent Advisory Committee drew me towards the role of a school trustee. I ran for election in 1999 and was successful in three consecutive municipal elections spanning 1999-2008. I was honoured to be selected by my peers to be the vice chair of the Board of Education during my first term and then the chair of the board for the subsequent two terms. My first elected term as municipal councillor is the present term of 2008-2011. Involvement in the community has encompassed volunteering with my children sports; past member of the Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Community Services Board of Directors for 5 years; assisting with various charity walks and runs; assisting in the organization of the Disability Games, held locally in 2009; presently, chair of the Community Network’s sub-committee: Substance Misuse Prevention Committee, since its inception in 2005; and serving as the Secretary Treasurer of the Ridge Meadows Educational Foundation. I’m presently enrolled in Political Science at the University of Athabasca and my combined course load and previous political experience has been of great benefit to assisting me in my commitment to the role of municipal councillor. I believe strongly in the District’s Vision 2025 and a review of the three years that have made up the 2008-2011 term will find me dedicated to supporting the work required to deliver on that vision, which I believes has its strength in neighbourhood development, a focus on a vibrant economy and a commitment to environmental stewardship.
Council committee assignments for the past term on council have been:
- Labour Relations Bureau for Metro Vancouver
- Chair of Substance Misuse Prevention Committee—sub-committee of Community Network
Cheryl is an honest person who cares deeply about our community. I have enjoyed working with her on various community boards and committees and admire her tireless efforts on behalf of the citizens of Maple Ridge. I know she will continue to serve us well if re-elected to council. Kathy Marshall
I think of Cheryl first as a community volunteer and second as a politician. Cheryl sincerely cares about the current and future needs of our community and places priority on the needs of others. If all citizens were this thoughtful and dedicated to serving others the world would be a better place. Angie Rowell.