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You can help us sponsor local students. Donate to our Scholarships and Bursary Fund.

Help someone's imagination grow in our community.

Help students of the Bulkley Valley achieve success.

Offering citizens the opportunity to invest in the betterment of their communities.

the future is bright, your donation will help

we help with bursaries, grants,...

2017 Bursaries/Scholarships Awarded

The recipients of our 2017 bursaries and scholarships are now posted. Click on the grants and scholarships icon to read more about these outstanding young people.



A Board of Directors is responsible for overall policies and practices of the Foundation.

Danielle Skerik, Executive Director.

Sean Mitchell - Chair

Sean Mitchell and his family moved to the valley in 2003 without knowing much about the Bulkley Valley or northern BC. Over the years, his family grew and they fell in love with the people and nature of the valley. Over the last few years Sean has been working to contribute to the community. His involvement with the BV Kinsmen and the Smithers Centennial 2013 groups allows him to make a positive impact for all residents.

Colleen Burns - Secretary

Colleen and her family have lived in New Hazelton for 30 years. Currently, her time is spent providing clinic training and coordination for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Diagnostic Clinics and attempts at keeping the weeds from taking over her vegetable garden.


Jill Dunbar - Director

Jacqueline Wheatley - Director

Jacqueline grew up in the Bulkley Valley from 1992-2004 and then left to see the bigger, brighter world picture - starting with her biology degree in Victoria and then travelling to various places around the world. After realizing that she was done with seasonal work and wanting to start a career, she is back in Smithers in the natural resource sector with a strong appreciation for this area and the incredible value it contains.

Dee McRae - Director

Dee came to the Bulkley Valley for love, over 30 years ago and stayed to raise a family, work and play in the outdoors. All of this was enriched by the many clubs and organizations in the valley. Dee saw first hand that the opportunity to apply to a local foundation for funding can make a real difference to what the small local organizations can offer.

Kate Danies-Howard - Director

Kate has 25 years experience in public service, having worked in both the Federal and Provincial governments. She also has public sector experience in the mining and forestry sectors. Kate is currently the Business Lead responsible for Executive Development in the BC Public Service. She is a four year resident to the Northwest and is enjoying learning about the communities. She lives with her husband John and a very large dog on Tyhee Lake, where she can often be found playing with her 3, soon to be 4, grand babies.

John Howard - Director

John is a long time resident of the Bulkley Valley and has just retired from a long and varied career within the BC Public Service. In his last position, he was the Skeena Region Parks Area Supervisor, a role he held for almost 18 years. John is active in the community and also serves on the Board of Directors for the Smithers Golf and Country Club. He enjoys golfing, fishing, bike riding and camping when not chasing the grandkids around the yard at Tyhee Lake.






The Bulkley Valley Community Foundation strives to improve quality of life in our communities by awarding local organizations grants.




The Bulkley Valley Community Foundation allocates its revenue generated on the endowment funds to grants annually.




We'd like to thank you for your generous donations and support because with out your contribution our community would not be the same.




We provide community leadership and offer citizens of the Bulkley Valley the opportunity to invest in the betterment of their communities.