Bulkley Valley Research Centre - Science in the Public Interest

Support Personnel

Dawn Hanson

Executive Director

Dawn grew up in Telkwa and moved to Vancouver to pursue post-secondary education. After 14 years in the city, she decided to return to Smithers for a year with her husband, to see how it went. Twelve years later they have built a house, are raising a daughter, and are happily situated on the banks...

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Shari Everett

Finance Coordinator

As the Finance Coordinator of the BVRC, Shari is able to utilize her 30 years of experience as an accounting professional to manage the BVRC accounting and finances for all research and monitoring projects administered by the Centre. She also provides operational support through research project...

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Melissa Sawatsky

Communications Coordinator

Melissa is a writer, editor, and communications professional who grew up in Burnaby, BC. She has a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and has published articles, creative non-fiction and poetry in various magazines and journals. Melissa relocated to...

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Website Coordinator

Emily is a website designer based in Smithers, BC and a member of the Bulkley Valley Folk Music Society. Originally from the suburbs of Toronto, she moved to the Bulkley Valley in 2014 and is in love! In her downtime, she enjoys yoga by the mountains, spending time with animals, and traveling to...

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Alana Clason

Post Doctoral Research Associate / Board Member

When Alana first came to the Bulkley Valley in 2009, she was lucky enough to work closely with the BVRC, and couldn’t be happier to be back in that position again. Alana completed her PhD at UNBC in 2017, focusing on understanding the current limits to whitebark pine’s northern distribution and...

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