About Sylvia

Sylvia Cheuy

Director, Deepening Community

Contact Details:
p. 416-988-6887

Remote Office: Caledon, Ontario

About Sylvia
Sylvia is passionate about community engagement and the unique role that citizens play in creating dynamic and well-connected neighbourhoods and communities. She delights in delivering learning opportunities that profile, disseminate and share the resources, tools and experiences to Tamarack's vast network of learners primarily via the Tamarack Deepening Community Learning Community.

From 2005 until 2013 Sylvia was the founding Executive Director to Headwaters Communities in Action (HCIA), a grassroots citizen initiative that fosters collaborative leadership and action in support of a long-term vision of well-being for Ontario's Headwaters region. Tamarack played a key role in launching HCIA and it has given Sylvia first-hand experience implementing a collective impact initiative. Sylvia recently completed her Masters Diploma in Social Innovation at the University of Waterloo where she explored opportunities to create change within regional food systems.
Sylvia is an active volunteer with the breakfast program at her children's school and a member of HCIA’s Leadership Council. She also served on the Board of Community Living Dufferin for nine years where she was instrumental in securing $2.8 million in funding for CLD's shared home with Theatre Orangeville, the community's professional theatre company. Sylvia lives in Caledon, Ontario with her husband John Graham and their three children: Gabriella, Garrett and Sean. 

Area of Expertise
  • Community Engagement
  • Multi-Sector Collaboration
  • Collective Impact
Recent Work 
Seminars and Workshops
  • Developing your Framework for Change
  • Thinking and Acting Differently: The Collective Impact Opportunity
  • Championing Community Change: Tools for Thinking Differently Together
  • An Introduction to Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD)
  • Cultivating the Power and Possibility of Citizen Leadership
  • Growing Your Collaborative Leadership Capacity

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