Cheriee is the teacher-librarian at Charles Dickens Elementary School in Vancouver. She is an active member of the VTLA and of the BCTLA. She has served on the Executive of the VTLA for several years and is currently Member-At-Large. Cheriee recently participated in a teacher inquiry in Vancouver promoting teacher-librarianship and school libraries. As part of the inquiry, she was instrumental in making a video of Vancouver school library programs in action, which was shown to the VSB trustees, among others. In October 2009, Cheriee participated in BCTLA's Visit to the Legislature. In April 2010, she had an article, "Non-Enrolling Teachers – Endangered List", published in Teacher Newsmagazine.
With support from the Ken Haycock Professional Development Grant, Cheriee will be auditing a course at the University of Minnesota taught by Dr. Jack Zipes, renowned fairy tales and folklore scholar. Dr. Zipes recently was the Cecil H. and Ida Green Visiting Professor at UBC. While in Vancouver, Dr. Zipes visited Charles Dickens Elementary School. He spoke of the Neighbourhood Bridges project, a literacy program that uses, "storytelling and creative drama to help children develop their critical literacy skills and to transform them into storytellers of their own lives". Cheriee is interested in learning more from Dr. Zipes and about the possibilities of bringing the program to British Columbia.
The BCTLA was pleased to recognize Cheriee Weichel as the 2010 recipient of the BCTLA Ken Haycock Professional Development Grant at the 2010 BCTLA AGM on April 17 in Vancouver.