Cheryl Ewing began working with Open Ears in preparation for the 2001 festival. She thoroughly enjoys this festival and the artists and audiences it attracts. She believes that Open Ears is an essential element in a healthy community, as a leader in the sector with a record of successful collaboration. She balances her work with Open Ears with a consulting business that is enriched by her hands-on experience as an arts administrator. One client says, “She is skillful in interpreting difficulties, resolving conflict and cutting through time wasting tactics allowing organizations to reach their goals through a spirit of cooperation.”
She has received community recognition for her work from Canada 125 Medal for Community Service (1992), KW Arts Awards (1998), and 2009 Oktoberfest Women of the Year (Arts & Culture).