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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Monica Oliva

Administrative & Finance Coordinator

Monica Oliva has recently joined the BVRC as our new Administrative & Finance Coordinator. For the past three years, she has been working as a Bookkeeper and Business Administrator for two different organizations in Smithers. Monica will be responsible for recording revenues and expenses, assets,...

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Emily (on leave)

Communications & Extension Coordinator

Emily has recently joined the team as the new CEC and is excited to be a part of this organization. She is reponsible for managing and coordinating all internal and external communications, including web and print communications and public relations. 

Emily is also a freelance website designer...

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Melissa Sawatsky

Communications Coordinator

Melissa is a writer, editor, and library 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 Smithers in...

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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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Sheena Briggs

Office Manager

Sheena is the new Office Manager at the BVRC, where she is responsible for contract management, project coordination, membership renewals & processing, and administrative support. Sheena relocated to the Bulkley Valley in 2018, where she has been keeping herself busy as a Spirit North Program...

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