Dr. Cheryl Matthew (Simpcw First Nation) is a change-maker who works to end inequity and discrimination and to create cross-cultural understanding between diverse communities in Canada. She is an accomplished not-for-profit executive, public servant, consultant, a sometimes gardener, but most importantly she is a single working Mom. Cheryl has a long history of community involvement, advocacy, and leadership in Vancouver East, regionally and nationally.
Cheryl is the Executive Director of the Protect Our Indigenous Sisters Society and a consultant for First Nations on policy, research and community engagement. She spent twelve years as a manager and senior policy analyst with the federal government with Service Canada and Indigenous Services Canada. Cheryl has held many Board of Director positions including: Vancouver Aboriginal Community Policing Centre in the Downtown Eastside, UNYA and CCPA – BC Office. She has PhD in Anthropology from Carleton (2017), an MA in Leadership from Royal Roads (2007), and a BA from SFU in Anthropology and Sociology (2004).