Cheryl Bernard is best known for her long list of curling accomplishments and awards. She is a four time Alberta women’s champion, Canadian Runner-up, TSN Skins finalist and has maintained a top 5 status on the World Curling Tour for many years.
Curling has not always been at the top of her “to do” list. At the age of 23 she started her own general insurance brokerage in Calgary. And by creating a dynamic agency culture that empowers, she and her staff propelled the agency to 6 Million in sales in 11 years. At that time Cheryl decided it was time to re-focus on curling, writing and fundraising – so she sold her agency to Western Union Insurance.
Six months after Cheryl sold, her father was diagnosed with a brain tumor and was given 6 months to live. Cheryl was lucky to be able to devote most of her time to caring for her father and trying to find a cure. Sadly he passed away 2 years later. However, her father’s illness was the catalyst for her to create the annual “Curl for a Cure” in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. In the five years that this event ran (from 2003 to 2007) over 1.3 million dollars was raised in support of the CBCF.
Cheryl co-authored and published “Between the Sheets Creating Curling Champions” in 2005. Which describes the mental side of the game of curling. She added a final section to the book titled “The Silver Lining” which was released Feb 2011.
In December 2009, her and her teammates won the Canadian Olympic Curling Trials in Edmonton and were now headed to Vancouver to represent Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympics . After a grueling ten days, team Canada brought home a silver medal, and at the same time earned the countries respect with their poise, conduct and teamwork at those games. Two months after the Olympics Cheryl was nominated by her peers as the 2010 Most Valuable Player in Women’s curling.
During all these stages of her life Cheryl has never lost site of the need to give back. She has volunteered on a variety of boards, as well for the Canadian Curling Association and the World Curling Tour. She was the spokesperson for the 2010 Terry Fox Run and has done promotional work for the Alberta Children’s Hospital, Children’s Miracle Network and Dairy Queen Miracle Treat Day. She is currently devotes much of her energy to Goodwill Industries of Alberta as their spokesperson & ambassador. Cheryl also gives her time to WorldVision as one of their celebrity ambassadors as well as Sierra Sil supplements.
Cheryl is also an avid traveler and enjoys spending her free time traveling and golfing with her common-law husband, Terry Meek.
Recently she spends much of her time doing motivational speaking for corporations and schools sharing the lessons learned from sport and life.