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Cheryl Shook, Assistant Principal & Registrar Retires

May 19, 2021

Celebrating a remarkable career

During her distinguished career at the University of Toronto, Cheryl Shook has made a difference in the lives of many students, staff, and members of the University community who had the good fortune to cross paths with her.

Whether advising students, initiating new and exciting programs or mentoring colleagues, Cheryl was always at the forefront of trends and issues.

Cheryl Shook, Assistant Principal & Registrar

She was instrumental in the launch of such initiatives as SEE U of T, an access program in collaboration with the Toronto District School Board, encouraging students from communities historically underrepresented at U of T to view post-secondary education as a viable educational opportunity.

Similarly, the Diploma to Degree Program offers students enrolled in community college arts & science programs a pathway to transition to university studies. These programs highlight Cheryl’s success in partnering with institutions inside and outside of U of T and have opened the door to a university education for many who would not normally qualify for admission.

Overall, her tenure as Registrar at Woodsworth College and her remarkable tenacity in championing student success has resulted in generations of students who have benefited academically and personally because of Cheryl’s efforts.  Her strong belief in inclusion and equity have been guiding values for her.  There are many students who, due to Cheryl’s guidance, have persevered and succeeded in achieving their educational goals.

Over her 35 + year career at the University, Cheryl undertook increasingly more responsible positions and over the years was invited to sit on numerous committees where her opinion was sought out and always valued.  Even though her administrative roles were challenging at times, she nevertheless continued a beloved aspect of her working life – that of teaching in the Millie Rotman Shime Academic Bridging Program.

To celebrate Cheryl’s contributions to Woodsworth and the University, the College has established the Cheryl Shook Legacy Scholarship.  Funds from this scholarship will provide support to graduates of the Millie Rotman Shime Academic Bridging Program.  If you would like to contribute, you can visit our donation page, scroll down the page to the listing for the Cheryl Shook Legacy Scholarship.

Woodsworth College and the University community wish Cheryl the very best as she starts her next chapter.

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