Sherry Prenevost

“Reciprocity” On her first visit to Sierra Leone, Sherry Prenevost met 14-year-old James who, she learned, had been kidnapped at 7 years of age and forced to become a child soldier in the civil war that brutalized his country for eleven years.
Through a translator, Sherry approached James and offered him her second camera. They spent the next several days together, and eventually, he shared his story with her, something he had never done before. He carried tremendous guilt and remorse for the acts of violence he had been forced to inflict. When Sherry asked if there was anything that might bring him some hope, he said that he believed only God, and possibly education, could lessen his pain. Sherry decided to find a way to pay for his education. In return, she asked one thing of James: an act of kindness toward another.
James chose to challenge the youth of several nearby impoverished villages to do something positive. He guided them in creating a communal cassava farm that generated funds to send their poorest children to school.
“Taking pictures, James and I pictured what might be,” says Sherry. “Four years later, he has changed his own life, mine through knowing him, and the lives of twenty-nine other children to date.”

Sherry Prenevost is a Fine Art Photographer specializing in social documentary, travel and landscape photography. Her inspirations come from a deep sense of humanity and love of nature. She currently owns her own photography company, consulting and documenting for various organizations, specializing in non-profit work.  She sits on two Boards of Directors and on an Advisory Board for a third organization in the arts and international development.  She is part of a research team at Ryerson University visually gathering stories and histories of First Nation’s people. She uses photography to positively influence advocacy, policy development, community empowerment, and entrepreneurial development at local, national and international levels. Her work has been presented to the Queen of England, the President of Sierra Leone, the Governor General of Canada, the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, and David Suzuki.  She has exhibited extensively with work exhibited internationally.
She is the 2012 recipient of the Marty Award for Emerging Visual Artist of the Year—the first time photography has ever garnered this award.  In 2010 she was nominated for CBC Champions of Change.
“I explore artistic creation as a means of providing collaborative opportunity for people to come together and discuss art, culture, humanity and experience hope in the context of art.  It is this uniqueness of approach that allows for my photography to touch self and others on multiple levels and to build further bridges within multiple communities with the goal of exposing more people to photography and the power of photography in its ability to change worlds.”