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. Indeed it has been a journey that has taken me from a little girl silenced, to an award-winning artist and speaker. 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 voice, as I 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 smile not in a boastful way 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.

What a beautiful and creative way of letting not only women but men too, know that they are perfect just the way they are. Thank you so much for sharing your gift.
Becky Grimman Toronto

This is a wonderful exhibit and I’m so glad that you agreed to be at the CNE and to share your creativity with us. Thanks also for taking the time to chat about the creative process.
Shelly S.

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To have related with so many women must be a miraculous experience. Each piece says so much. Each women’s story is relatable. I’ve taken a lot out of this wonderful show and I will hold many of these life lessons with me. I did not expect this to come of my day and I feel inspired and full of joy to be one of many to see your work. Not only BEAUTIFUL but insightful. Thank-You for giving all these women a story. I have nothing else to say that can tell you how much enjoyment I got from this gallery. I wish only love and luck to you.
Kelly Briggs

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Your fluid, quick paced delivery indicated good knowledge of your topic.  Your speech was interesting and you held your audience’s attention.
David MittenSAWDAC Window Wise

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Thank you for your lovely exhibition. I was pleasantly surprised to see that I look like other women.
CNE Exhibit Guest

Artists and their work speak to our soul. So much in women’s lived experiences is still silenced. Thank you for taking us beyond the words.
Professor Sharon AbbeyBrock University

Qualifications & Awards

Cheryl-Ann's Formal Qualifications

  • 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 Professional Women’s Club of Canada
  • 2009 Girls Inc. Strong, Smart & Bold, Women of the Year Nominee.
  • 2003 Best in Show, Tay River Gallery
Cheryl-Ann’s coaching style is where art therapy and life coaching collide.
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This was a very thought-provoking exhibit. I hope all who walk through realize that our bodies are just shells….it’s what’s inside that counts.
MichelleToronto

What an exhibit. Hurrah! Women have a chance to show their true self. We are all unique, gathering strength from our individuality. We live, we share, we love and enjoy. I do, and I loved this show.
Rita Borger

In the Media

  • Rogers Daytime TV Cambridge, Jan 14
  • Inside Guelph Guelph, ON May 20
  • CNE Meet the Featured Artist Toronto, August
  • CFOS, “Georgian Bay Today”, August
  • 98 The Beach, KRH, August
  • COGECO TV St Catharines, ON, October 16
  • Cable 14 Coffee Time Hamilton, ON, April 9
  • CHEX TV News @5:30 Lindsay, ON – March 28
  • ROGERS TV- Grand River Living Cambridge, ON – Mar 11
  • ROGERS TV -Daytime Cambridge, ON. March 8
  • CKCO Television – Healthy Living Cambridge, ON. March 7
  • CTV’s Good Morning Canada Aired nationally in March
  • CHEX TV Lindsay, ON. March 6
  • COGECO TV Vankleek Hill, ON. April 6
  • CKWS TV Newswatch @ 5:30 Kingston, ON. February 15 Radio
  • Paula Morand USA on-line On-line, June 27
  • Speaking in OZ On-line, October 22
  • CJOB 680 Winnipeg, MB. May 28
  • Bruce Wylie, CHUM Radio, Brockville, September
  • Brock TV, February
  • 103.7 FM CFBU St Catharines, ON. October 18
  • CKTB 600 St Catharines, ON. October 6
  • CHML 900 Hamilton, ON. February 27
  • CKTB 610 St. Catharines, ON. June 2
  • 570 News Cambridge, ON. March 5
  • AM 900 CHML Hamilton, ON. February 26
  • KCVI Radio Kingston, ON. February 17
  • FLY FM, Kingston, ON. January 25
  • KRock FM Kingston, ON. January 23
  • McClung’s Winter ed. page 10
  • Canadian Living January ed. page 27
  • Homemakers Vol. 44 No. 8 page 6
  • Real Life Vol. 11, Issue 1 pages 5-7
  • H Magazine Vol. 2, No. 9 page 12
  • Real Women September page 36
  • Women and Environments International No. 72/73 pages 48-50
  • Cahoots Autumn pages 24-27
  • STEPS Alumni Winter page 15
  • Fusion Vol. 29, No. 2 spring pages 18-20
  • Herizons Vol. 19 No. 2 page 7
  • Moxi Femme Issue 2, March/April pages 14-15 & 37
  • SNAP Cambridge
  • Spoke – Conestoga College Press
  • Cambridge Times
  • Saugeen Shores
  • Shoreline Beacon August 9. page 20
  • SNAP Kitchener/Waterloo January. page 14
  • Frontenac EMC April 29. page 13
  • Shoreline Beacon May 17. page 16 & 17
  • The Sun Times May 18.section 1, page A3
  • The Toronto Star Aug 2
  • The Globe & Mail Aug 19. page A8
  • The Gananoque Reporter October 28. page 3
  • St Lawrence EMC October 22. page 26
  • The Standard, Local October17. page A3
  • Niagara This Week October 10. page15
  • The Standard, Spectrum, St. Catharines September 29. pages B1& B3
  • Toronto Star, Weekend Living April 12. page L7
  • Kingston Whig Standard, The Ticket April 12. page 6
  • The Hamilton Spectator March 7. page 7
  • Cambridge Times April 2. full page in Focus insert
  • The Record, Kitchener, Cambridge, Waterloo February 28. page B5
  • Cambridge Times March 23
  • Kawartha Lakes This Week March 6. page16
  • The Daily Post Spotlight, Lindsay March 2 page B1
  • The Record, Kitchener, Cambridge, Waterloo February 28. pageB5
  • Cambridge Times February 16. page14
  • Standard-Freeholder, Cornwall August 17
  • Ottawa Xpress August 17
  • Standard-Freeholder, Cornwall July 6. page 2
  • The Review, Vankleek Hill April 12. page B10
  • The Review, Vankleek Hill March 15. page 1 & 9
  • The Pioneer, Belleville February 25. page 7
  • Queen’s Journal, Kingston January 20. pages 22 & 25
  • Kingston This Week January 20. page 12
  • The West Carleton Review Weekender August 5. page 1 & 3
  • The Kingston Whig Standard Companion January 29. page 1, 3 & 6
  • The Humm March. page 3 2005 — The Humm January. page 4
  • The West Carleton Review Weekender November 26. pages 4 & 22
  • A Woman’s Guide to Building a Girl’s Healthy Body Image and Self-Esteem, YWCA, Cambridge, Kitchener Waterloo, ON. Cheryl-Ann created the art for the book cover.
  • Valerie Westgate’s “Still a Girl Inside” Cheryl-Ann’s Beautiful Women Project filmed in DVD
  • Lisa Tugnette’s “Reflections of a Woman-my memoir of breast cancer: loss, love & laughter” book refers to Cheryl-Ann’s Beautiful Women Project
  • Kathryn Travis’s “Sleeping Body (and Her prince the abject)” Honours Thesis, Cheryl-Ann’s Beautiful Women Project referenced.
Cheryl-Ann captures the very heart of the sculptures in her creative drawings to honour each Beautiful Woman.
DF

Just to let you know how inspired and amazed I was at your wonderful artist presentation. I wanted my daughter to hear you. I think your story would’ve given her encouragement.
H. Bakic

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Your show is more than amazing, and you are an incredibly talented artist. You have created a work of art that is very beautiful and powerful, on many levels, and shows how you also operate from a place of deep intuition and spirituality.
C. Mallory

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