Cheryl received a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Immunology from McGill University in 2002, a Master of Science in Experimental Medicine in 2004 and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law in 2008. Cheryl was called to the Bar of Ontario in June 2010.

Cheryl has represented clients in a wide variety of immigration matters, including applications for work permits, humanitarian and compassionate applications, pre-removal risk assessments, applications for Ministerial relief, family sponsorship applications and medical inadmissibility cases. Cheryl has appeared before all three Divisions of the Immigration and Refugee Board and the Federal Court of Canada, in various matters including refugee hearings, sponsorship appeals, detention reviews, and applications for judicial review.

Prior to joining CDPC, Cheryl articled with Parkdale Community Legal Services in 2009/2010 and worked as an Associate Lawyer at Kranc Associates, an immigration law firm in 2011 to 2013. During law school, Cheryl represented low-income clients in the immigration and refugee law division of Downtown Legal Services, the U of T’s community legal clinic. She also volunteered with the FCJ Refugee Centre and the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network. She has published articles in the HIV/AIDS Policy & Law Review and a paper in the 2007 Proceedings of Canadian Council on International Law.