Cheryl Nembhard is a formidable force in the Arts & Media community and for many years now has been a long standing Advocate against Social Injustice in Toronto. Through her work, Cheryl continues to define the title ‘Arts Advocate’ as she has dedicated her life to using her incredible talents in Theatre & Film to tackle some of the toughest topics we as a society are facing today.
Her impact is felt far beyond the stage as she has dedicated most of her life to community service and helping those in need. 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 to working and establishing creative spaces for them to discover themselves and find healing.
Cheryl’s ability to gage the pulse of the City and respond artistically has always been something that has set her apart. In 2016, her artistic work and social engagement was unparalleled with her two latest films ‘Rock, Paper, Scissors’ & ‘Truth’; short films on Depression & Cutting and Sex Trafficking in Toronto.
She recently won 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 recently featured by CBC Toronto as one of 150 Black Women who have made a place in Canadian History.
In 2010 Cheryl and her husband founded Exousia Media Group (EMG), an international award winning multimedia company utilizing theatre, film & television to address hard hitting social issues. In 2011, she launched EMG Education, a Not for Profit company whose mandate of
’empowering & motivating generations’ has allowed them to perform to over 70,000 students across Ontario in the past 6 years. Cheryl has also
developed & hosted her own low income Summer Arts Camps to children in the North York community for the past 4 years.