Cheryl Gervais is from Iskatewiizaagegan No. 39 First Nation, and now resides with her family in Kenora. She has been a police officer with the Treaty Three Police Service for 20 years, and throughout her career, she has served in progressively responsible positions.

She began her career as a Recruit Constable responsible for providing policing services to her home community of Iskatewiizaagegan No. 39 First Nation, and then joined Treaty Three Police Service as a Front-Line Officer starting in April 2003, where she provided culturally responsive law enforcement services for the Treaty Three communities she served.

In 2005, she became a Detective Constable, and in 2006, she became an Abuse Issues Coordinator, preparing and delivering presentations to community organizations and other service providers. Between 2010 and 2018, she served as an Administrative Sergeant, Platoon Supervisor, and Detective Sergeant before being promoted to Staff Sergeant.  In 2021, she was promoted to Acting Sergeant Major in charge of the Treaty Three Police Service Professional Standards Program, where she incorporated cultural teachings into the informal resolution processes. In 2022, she was promoted to Inspector – Operational Support Services where she was responsible for developing, directing, and managing all aspects of operational and support activities of the police service.  She was also responsible for building and strengthening partnerships with all members and all sectors of the community within the Greater Treaty Three area.

Throughout her career, she has endeavored to develop and nurture relationships, build partnerships to establish trust and resolve issues with cultural leaders, business owners, service groups, and other stakeholders through volunteering.

As an Indigenous woman, she has dedicated countless hours of her life, both on and off duty, to the empowerment of women and girls in her community, and she has promoted the encouragement of male inclusion and role modeling in events and initiatives to help raise awareness and denounce violence against women and girls.

She has demonstrated a lifetime commitment to her community, which has been recognized through the Ontario Women in Law Enforcement Community Services Award in 2021, the First Nations Chief of Police Community Services Award in 2021, and the Order of Merit of the Police Forces – Member in 2022.

In November 2023, she was promoted to Chief of Police for Treaty Three Police Service, signifying the achievement of a goal she set for herself in the rank of Sergeant. Her vision as a leader within this organization is policing excellence through a people-centric, values-based, and culturally responsive approach. She leads by example, acting on her vision and staying true to her guiding core values of connection to community, culture, and family, empowerment of others, community and self, and collaboration.

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