Cheryl Heykoop 2017-07-12T21:42:22+00:00

Cheryl Heykoop

Speaker Bio

Cheryl is an assistant professor at Royal Roads University who is passionate about sharing stories and engaging with young people who have been affected by war, disaster, or illness to better educate, inform, and lead.

What’s your idea worth spreading?
Living with cancer is rife with paradox and complexity. Yet, could it be that cancer isn’t all bad. Could it be that it is a reminder to live our lives fully: to connect and learn more about ourselves, each other, and the world around us?

What is a significant accomplishment, and why is that important to you?
I was the first person in my family to attend university and I am now an Assistant Professor in the School of Leadership Studies at RRU. Completing my doctorate was important because it offered me many possibilities. With my education and the power it can afford, I also feel a great sense of responsibility to help ensure people, communities, and the planet have opportunities and possibilities, both today and in the future.

What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about people sharing their stories and perspectives on issues that affect them. I am passionate about research, education, policy, and practice informed by people’s lived experiences. I am passionate about change that brings us together in response to the lived realities of people, community, and the planet.

What do you want people to take away from your TEDx talk?
Cancer narratives are nuanced, complex, and multifaceted. Multiple narratives are crucial to understanding and navigating cancer within us and around us.