As a long-time supporter of The Rose and its Centre Stage Conservatory program, Dr. Cherilyn Sterling-Case was always in attendance for the final Centre Stage gala performance and personally handed out the awards to the participants. Centre Stage Conservatory is a free audition-based program offering professional development and performance experience to young artists to build their craft, expand their talent vision, and open doors to stages throughout the city, and beyond. Her commitment to giving back to the community was honoured at the City’s first Sponsorship Forum last November. Thanks to the support of Dr. Sterling-Case, these young performers saw first-hand that their artistic work was worthy of investment – a powerful gift for burgeoning Brampton artists.
The following is provided by her sister, Lisa Sterling-Edwards:
Dr. Cherilyn Sterling-Case would have been so proud and honoured to support the commencement of the City of Brampton’s Black African and Caribbean Social, Cultural and Economic Empowerment and Anti-Black Racism Unit! She has been immersed in, and loved by, the Brampton community for many years. She was married to Mr. Devon Case for twenty-five-years, and together they raised their three wonderful young men in this city. We are sorry to share that Dr. Sterling-Case passed away on the night of August 2nd, 2020.
One of her greatest ministries was dentistry. She was a trailblazer in her profession. To our knowledge, Dr. Sterling-Case was the first Black female dentist in Brampton. She and her husband pioneered My Smile Dentistry. Throughout the years, Dr. Sterling-Case treated her patients with the utmost dignity, compassion and care. She took the time to not only enhance her patient’s beautiful and healthy smiles; but also to encourage and inspire them to dream big, to accomplish their goals and to be good role models for others.
We will be forever grateful for the many contributions that Dr. Sterling-Case has shared with our community. Her efforts and gentle touch will not be forgotten. As a woman of faith, she would want to leave us with these words of encouragement: “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion, until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6).
“I want to extend my condolences to the family and friends of Cherilyn Sterling-Case on her recent passing. Cherilyn was a long time dentist in our community. She will be missed by her patients. She was well-known for compassionate care. What I admired about Cherilyn was her commitment to giving back to the community. She believed in making a difference. Her charitable efforts will be missed. My thoughts are with her husband and 3 sons during this time of sorrow and reflection.”
- Mayor Patrick Brown
“Dr. Sterling-Case’s passing is a devastating blow to our community. She was constantly motivated to see our young people thrive. Her constant advocacy was an example of how we should all live in our community. She was greatly loved and will be missed by so many. Dr. Sterling-Case, we are so thankful to have known you and for your contribution to the City of Brampton.”
- City Councillor Charmaine Williams
“Cheryl’s enormous contribution to the city and the outpouring love, respect, and admiration given upon her passing is a reflection of her core beliefs to improve life for others around her. She was a highly respected business owner, treasured family member and valued member of Brampton’s community. Cheryl believed in empowering and creating opportunities for young people to excel. She was a proud supporter of several meaningful causes. She was an inspiration to many young women, in particular, those who had the honour of having her as a mentor. Her legacy will continue to inspire us to be the best version of ourselves.”
- Gwyneth Chapman, Senior Advisor, Black Social, Cultural, Economic Empowerment, Anti-Black Racism Unit