Created on Wednesday, 25 September 2013 01:00 | Written by Raymond Rendleman |

Cheryl Myers is being recognized as a steadfast partner, advocate and community voice in helping Metropolitan Family Service bring needed support to children and families in the North Clackamas area since 2005.

At its annual Gathering of Good event Friday, Sept. 27, MFS will honor Myers with a Provocateur award, which goes to an “outstanding community member who is actively working to positively change lives.”

Myers was appointed to Gov. John Kitzhaber’s Cabinet in early 2011 as a senior policy adviser on issues related to minority-owned, women-owned, emerging small/disadvantaged businesses. She recently completed eight years as an elected school board director for Oregon’s fifth-largest school district, North Clackamas, and continues board/advisory service for both local and national nonprofit organizations.

Myers’ leadership as chairwoman of the North Clackamas After School Task Force helped MFS launch six community school sites, a parent engagement and education program, a kindergarten-readiness program and an older-adult mentoring program. mShe sees the MFS’s advocacy in community schools, parent support and older-adult volunteerism as critical to building a strong community that cares for all children. These programs touch the lives of more than 5,000 individuals each year.

“Cheryl is a tremendous asset to the mission of Metropolitan Family Service,” said MFS Chief Executive Officer Judy Strand. “She motivates, inspires and connects with others to gain greater attention for children and families who need our help. Cheryl achieves positive change through her graceful smile and her belief in the best in each and every one of us.”