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  • May 09, 2021
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    Strong Women

    “Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.” 

    I lived with my grandparents for the first year of my life. 50 years ago, that wasn't an uncommon event, and based on the experiences of my friends, these types of family situations still exist.

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  • March 23, 2021
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    Principles Based Decision Making

    This year, in support of International Women’s Day: Choose to Challenge, I invited three women I highly respect to have a conversation about driving impactful and sustainable change. Throughout our lively and interesting discussion (which you can watch here) we kept returning to the idea that change leadership is situational and that there is not one right way to do it. 

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  • February 24, 2021
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    Why I Chose Edmonton

    My Heart Belongs in Edmonton

    Over the course of my career I’ve been fortunate to travel to, and work in so many wonderful cities. My first business trip came when I was in my early 20’s working at Weyerhaeuser with a visit to Vancouver to meet our export partners. Later, from 2000 to 2015 while at Intuit, makers of TurboTax and QuickBooks, I was lucky to travel the world exploring new countries as we worked to expand into new markets. 

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  • January 13, 2021
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    Chinatown Dining Week - Comfort Food

    Monday marked the start of Chinatown Dining Week. As I eagerly sat down to review the list of amazing restaurants participating and optimize my dining plan for the week I came across the Hong Kong Bakery and a flood of childhood memories rushed back to me. I had to pause and take some time as I reflected on how much I miss my Dad. 

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  • December 01, 2020
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    Serving All Edmontonians

    My first job was as a server at the Smitty’s in Kingsway Mall. I was fifteen years old and what I really cared about was how much tip money I left with at the end of my shift. To me, better tips meant the difference between K-mart or Jordache brand jeans. 

    I quickly learned that I got the best tips when my customers felt I really cared deeply about their experience. Having them leave happy meant I needed to not only figure out exactly what they wanted but anticipate and deliver it impeccably.

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  • November 22, 2020
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    The Voices Guiding My Platform

    When I launched my campaign to run for Mayor of Edmonton on the 13th of October, I committed myself to listening first. It’s now been six weeks and I am grateful for all the thoughtful conversations I’ve had and messages I’m receiving from Edmontonians who are as passionate and fired up about our city as I am.   

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  • November 16, 2020
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    Listening First: A Lesson From My Past

    There have been a handful of times throughout my life where my hardest learned lessons have been the most important. One example I’ve often reflected back on took place in the fall of 2018. As the founder and VP of Innovate Edmonton, I was leading the charge and pushing forward the concept of a new Innovation Hub in our downtown.

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  • October 12, 2020
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    My Intentions

    My name is Cheryll Watson and I love this city.  

    I’m a born-and-raised Edmontonian, and a proud Northside girl. I grew up in the community of Beverly and I made the choice to stay in Edmonton, to build a family, life and career here.  But recently, I’ve come to the realization that as a community we’re at an important and critical inflection point.  

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