Cheryl Nembhard is a formidable force in the Arts & Media community and has been has been a long standing Advocate against Social Injustice in the City of Toronto for many years. Through her work, Cheryl continues to define the title 'Arts Advocate' as she uses her incredible talents in Theatre & Film, tackling some of the toughest societal topics.
Beyond the stage, she has dedicated most of her life to community service, helping those in need and speaking for the marginalized. For over a decade, Cheryl has been involved in the rehabilitation of troubled youth, former gang members, ex- drug addicts, rape victims and teenage mothers. Cheryl has focused her life on working and establishing creative spaces as outlets to discover themselves and find healing.
She has a unique ability to gauge the pulse of the City and respond artistically. In 2016, Cheryl's artistic work and social engagement produced two films 'Rock, Paper, Scissors' & 'Truth'; short films on Depression & Cutting and Sex Trafficking in Toronto.
Cheryl's advocacy and influence have been recognized over the years. More recently she was honoured with the Award of Excellence Humanitarian award in Toronto, as well as the Pioneer for 2016 award recognizing her work with Youth & the Arts. Cheryl was also recently featured by CBC Toronto as one of 150 Black Women who have made a place in Canadian History and in April, 2017 she was awarded the 2017 BBPA Harry Jerome Social Advocacy award, the highest national award level for African Canadians. Cheryl is currently a co-host on See Hear Love a national women’s talk show on YES TV.
AWARDS & HONOURS
AWARDS & HONOURS
2016 - Named ‘Pioneer for 2016’ for her work with Youth & the Arts – Canadian International Women’s Business Association
2010 - Current: Co Founded EMG Education, an educational theatre company that uses the Fine Arts to inspire & empower over 70,000 students (www.emgeducation.com) within the Public & Catholic School Systems since 2010.
2014 - Present: Designed programming & launched EMG Summer Arts Camp Providing subsidized rates, in order to increase arts accessibility to lower income children in Toronto.
*2017 - One of 150 Black Women who have made a place in Canadian History as featured by CBC Toronto
2016 - Host for 2016 Sisterhood Expo, Ontario Science Centre
2016 - Toronto Area Host, WIMM Canada (Women in Media & Music - International Organization)
2016 - Key Note Address – C4 Women’s Event (Organizer: Lori Hartshorn)
2015 - National Role Model Award - Black Canadian Awards
2015 - Key Note Address - SheSpeaks Conference, Ajax, ON
*2015 - Named 100 Women to Watch in Canada – Canadian International Women’s Business Association
*2013 - Selected Top 12 Phenomenal Women - PLANET AFRICA MAGAZINE
April 2017 - Awarded BBPA Harry Jerome Social Advocacy Award for African Canadians, presented by Prime Minster Trudeau
2013 - Key Note Address - Children’s Treatment Centre Ottawa, ON
2012 - The Award of Excellence - Humanitarian Award for her work with former child soldiers and orphans in Uganda - SICKLE CELL FOUNDATION
2012 - Traveled with team to Uganda & Kenya for 4 wks. Assisted in the rehabilitation & restoration of rescued female child soldiers
Partnered with Roy McMurtry Youth Detention Centre as a Keynote Speaker Outreach program
2014 - Received 17 Film Festival nominations & 5 Awards for her first short Film ‘The Son’
Best Short Film 'THE SON' Toronto Cornerstone International Film Festival
Making a Difference Award: COMMFEST film Festival
Best Screen Play 'THE SON' Gideon International Film Festival
Best Production Design 'THE SON' Gideon International Film Festival
Best Actor 'THE SON' Gideon International Film Festival
2013 - Theatrical Arts Award – Glass Achievement Awards
Truth – Short Film on Sexual Trafficking in Toronto
Rock, Paper Scissors – Short Film on Teenage Depression & Cutting
The Son (17 nominations, 5 Awards) – short film on Fatherlessness
The Ultimate Sacrifice: Smash hit stage play
On Stage at Mirvish Panasonic Theatre: Performed several Sold Out performances
Play toured in the UK (London, Birmingham, Nottingham, Brixton, Manchester) working with the homeless & addicted in various hostels and shelters.
My Brother’s Keeper: First Canadian Gospel Musical to play on a Mirvish Stage.
The Story of Viola Desmond: Dynamic new production celebrates Civil Rights pioneer and icon Viola Desmond (Canada’s Rosa Parks). She broke barriers and rallied Canadians around social justice issues and is the first woman featured on the Canadian 10 dollar bill.
Women of Colour
The Victory & King of Glory.