Cheryl Bernard may be most well known for winning Canada a silver medal in curling at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games, but she is also a successful businesswoman. At age 23, she started an insurance brokerage that made six million dollars in sales in just 11 years. She is passionate about inspiring others to reach their goals and stresses the importance of great leadership and teamwork.
Just announced this week, Cheryl is bringing this unique mix to Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame as the newly hired President and CEO. Read more about Cheryl’s new position and her goal to bring social change in sport in this Globe and Mail article and see a snapshot of it below.
“It’s not very often you get to do a job that really means something internally to you and you believe in so much,” Bernard told The Canadian Press on Wednesday.
“I’m going to go out and see if we can’t start bringing the hall to Canadians, if we have some opportunities to set up some exhibits in different Canadian cities and share the hall,” she said. “Not everybody is going to be able to come to Calgary and see it.”
Bernard also wants the hall to use its platform to bring about social change in sport, particularly around girls’ participation.
“I don’t think you’re looking any more at a shrine that celebrates the past,” she said. “It’s a window that can be used to show our youth what sport can give them.
“What you get by participating in sport is not as important as what you become. When you stay in sport, the doors that open and the confidence that you carry, my biggest focus is the campaigns, the messages we can send as a hall.”