Cheryl is proud to be born and raised in Oakville and has close ties to the community to this day. She has been working with us at McKenzies since November of 2016, shortly after retiring from a 40+ year career at Portage Mutual. While at the Mutual she was president of the Staff Association as well as serving on the safety and social committee. She enjoyed organizing countless events, celebrations and fundraisers.
She is married to her high school sweetheart Dale and together they have three daughters; Stacey, Cari-Ann and Andrea along with five grandchildren who range in age from 18 – 7; Jacia, Raina, Keaton, Owen and Tielan.
She has a volunteer spirit and is highly involved with many different community groups and organizations such as; The Salvation Army, MCC Thrift Store, Sunset Palliative Care and has recently received her 40-year pin for serving on the CWL (Catholic Women’s League) at Good Shepherd Roman Catholic Church. She is a regular visitor to the residents of the Lions Prairie Manor and volunteers at Portage’s many hockey and curling events. Cheryl is also ready willing and able to help at the events we at McKenzies are involved with like our Tree Dedication ceremony, No Stone Left Alone, Central Plains Challenge Walk and the Salvation Army Kettle campaign.
In her spare time Cheryl enjoys tending to her yard, crocheting, baking, canning and house work. She and Dale can also be seen cheering on their grandchildren at all of their school and sporting activities. She’s an avid sports fan supporting the Portage Terriers, Winnipeg Jets, Toronto Blue Jays, Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Gold Eyes . She keeps active by walking the walking track at Stride Place and has recently taken up aqua fit.
Long before she started working with us, we knew what a wonderful person Cheryl is. She is incredibly thoughtful, hard working, kind and caring towards everyone she meets. She is clearly a “people person”, a trait perfectly suited for working with the families we serve.