CherylAnn on Stage

From little girl silenced, to award-winning artist & speaker

I am Cheryl-Ann Webster
and this is my story.

Although my childhood was far from ideal and my naive decisions have had life-long consequences, my journey has been rich in lessons and experiences. It has been a journey that has taken me from a little girl silenced to an award-winning artist and speaker. Now, I am the Executive Director at CiiAT – The Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy, where I advocate for innovation and growth in the field of art therapy, including initiatives like the Virtual Art Therapy Clinic.

While growing up, I was silenced by the belief that little girls should be seen and not heard, so I kept quiet even when I should have spoken up. As the silence grew, my self-esteem eroded. Art became my voiceI began to silently sketch my innermost thoughts and feelings, and through my art, make sense of my life.

Over time, I studied what had shaped me, who had influenced me, what was in my control, and what I needed to do to survive…or even better, to thrive!


I am not sure when I fully realized I was in control of changing my situation, but I do remember starting to make the most of my limited resources, rather than focusing on what I didn’t have. At the time, I felt like I was simply putting one foot in front of the other, moving forward slowly but surely. In retrospect, I was actually following a process I now call ART – Awareness, Resilience, and Transformational, which guided me out of the darkness and into the life I love.

No longer silenced, I smile when I am introduced as an award-winning speaker and artist with a glowing list of awards & qualifications on my resume. I smilenot in a boastfully, but in an empowered way, as I am living proof that we can heal, grow, and achieve. 

Today, I use my spoken words to empower the audience, and my creative expressions and art exhibitions as the backdrop for interactive, experiential learning. Together with my incredible team at CiiAT, we strive to make the world a more open, understanding, and healthy place.

Very Spiritual and beautiful!
Carol Johnson

Very Spiritual and beautiful!
Carol Johnson

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Qualifications & Awards

Cheryl-Ann's Formal Qualifications

  • Registered Canadian Art Therapist (RCAT)
  • Neuro Linguistic Programming – Practitioner
  • Accredited Certified Coach, International Coaching Federation
  • Art & Science of Coaching, Erickson College
  • BA Hons in Culture & Communications
  • Access to Humanities & Social Studies
  • Insights Institute DISC: Behavioural Studies
  • Insights Institute DISC: Train-the-Trainer & Speaker Training
  • Canadian Association of Professional Speakers since 2008
  • BTec National Diploma in Art & Design

Cheryl-Ann's Awards & Nominations

  • 2016 Body Confidence Canada Award – Community Art
  • 2014 Honorary Award Body Confidence Canada
  • 2010 Be a Women, Amazing Women Nominee.
  • 2009 Women of Influence, Deloitte, Ottawa Region
  • 2009 Commendation, Business and Profession