Our dear Cheryl left this world peacefully after losing her long and brave battle with cancer on July 12, 2012 at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver, the same place she joined it 57 years ago. She is survived by father Bill, siblings Rodney, Donald and Erin, adopted sister Patt Wilhelm and her beloved dog Bridget. She is predeceased by her mother Barbara who passed away in 2004.
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After graduating from high school in Richmond in 1973, Cheryl began a 37 year career in the Social Services Branch of the B.C. Government rising among its ranks to the position of computer program trainer.
Always giving back, each year Cheryl and her team of elves spent countless hours each Christmas ensuring thousands of children received a response to their letters to Santa.
Cheryl's true calling though came from her love of theatre. A respected publicist for many community and professional theatre groups in the Vancouver area, Cheryl worked tirelessly as a promoter of the talent in Vancouver. Cheryl received the ultimate honour from the theatre community she served as the recipient of the Mary Phillips Award for Behind-the-Scenes-Achievement at the 2011 Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards.
A celebration of Cheryl's life is being planned for August. Details will be posted on Cheryl's Facebook page at http://facebook.com/cheryl.hutcherson and on her blog at http://ourcheryl.blogspot.ca.
An avid musical theatre enthusiast and with a desire to help nurture young talent, Cheryl requested that a scholarship fund be set-up in her name with the Applause Musical Society. The scholarship will be established as an annual financial award to be given to a deserving student in a post-secondary theater program to assist them with the payment of voice, dance or acting coach. Donations to the scholarship fund can be made online at http://applausemusicals.com.
You'll be with us like a handprint on our heart, and now whatever way our stories end, we know you have re-written ours by being our friend.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on July 21, 2012