Cheryl Baker is a member of the Simpcw First Nation, which is located 45 minutes north of Kamloops, BC.
Cheryl started her career as a professional cook after completing her training at Cariboo College (now called Thompson Rivers University), and worked at several restaurants in Kamloops BC for a total of 22 years.
A move to Yellowknife took place after Kamloops in order to help out her sister. Yellowknife had mostly pub style cooking whereas Cheryl loved home style restaurant cooking. She then decided to take on other types of jobs such as a cashier at the Co-op where she enjoyed meeting people from the community and surrounding areas.
Cheryl tried working in office environment and enjoyed the new learning challenges that came with the job. Her first office job was at a salvage yard in League City, Texas. This was followed with a challenging job in an office manager position in Yellowknife, but fortunately came with a two-week training period. She gained a lot of valuable office training in a variety of areas from paper work to computer work/programs, and with various equipment. She ended up working in this job at All West Glass for five years.
A family matter brought Cheryl home to BC for several months, but Cheryl returned to the NWT, and soon was successful at acquiring an administrative job at the Native Women’s Association in July 2019. Cheryl has increased her skillset at NWA and loves the challenges that come with her position