Susan Stearns

General Manager

Susan continuously seeks out ways to apply her experience and knowledge to ensure CF FFG is meeting the needs of the communities, businesses and people in the Fraser Fort George region.  With this, her education and experience in leadership, management, and community economic development are positive assets to enhancing how CF FFG works collaboratively with many partners across the region.  Susan's executive coaching skills complement her other skills as she works in a positive manner to support the CF FFG team in achieving the desired outcomes.  After being entrenched in community and business development for over 25 years, and completing educational endeavours in multiple disciplines, Susan is well versed in exploring opportunities from multiple angles and is always eager to discover new ways to manage constant change.


Trish Appleton

Finance and Administration Officer

Trish joined Community Futures in February 2016 as the Office of Finance & Administration. Trish has extensive experience in finance, payroll and administration in private, public service and not-for-profit sectors. Trish has a comprehensive understanding of various accounting software and Microsoft Office which provides clients with a knowledgeable, skilled resource to review their financials, support them in reconciliations or to simply review their loan account with CF FFG.


Sherri Flavel

Business Analyst

Sherri works with clients to facilitate our business lending program. She is well versed in community and economic development and has supported hundreds of entrepreneurs with creating strong foundations for business start-ups, purchases, growth management and succession planning. Sherri’s understanding of business in northern rural communities combined with Diplomas in both Business and Human Resource Management enable her to offer expert and responsive client service. She is passionate about entrepreneurship and welcomes you to come see her for your business borrowing and consulting needs!


Jean Rudyk

Business Analyst

Jean joined Community Futures April 2016, after retiring from a 38-year Banking Career. With a long-term Banking Career, Jean brings extensive accreditation and experience. A large portion of Jean’s career was spent working with Small Business and Agriculture Clients. Jean has a passion for helping people and very much enjoys assisting entrepreneurs in whatever way she can.


Shona Thorne

Robson Valley Agriculture Development and Regional Business Liaison

An avid environmental steward, Shona Thorne joined Community Futures Fraser Fort George to facilitate the Robson Valley Agriculture Expansion and Regional Business Liaison outreach positions in June 2020, and is committed to developing resilient communities within sustainable and biodiverse ecosystems. With a commitment to rural communities and a diverse background of culture and home Shona’s experience revolves around education, business development, and operations management in a variety of countries.

Previous roles range from Zimbabwe Professional Safari Guide, English Language teacher, rafting and interpretive guide and business development officer round the world, to continued education coordinator, community outreach, and finance and operations supervisor for not-for-profits in Valemount, BC. Shona brings a wealth of knowledge and skills and a life long love of learning to Community Futures and is excited to continue to build strong and vibrant communities in the Robson Valley.



Krystin Dubuc

Projects Coordinator

Krystin joined CFDC in February 2018 as the Projects Coordinator. She has many years of experience in community economic development, particularly in rural communities. She has worked with many different sectors including public, private and not-for-profit. At CFDC, Krystin will be responsible for managing the programs that explore new opportunities to build capacity for small businesses in the rural areas. Originally from Burns Lake, Krystin holds two degrees from the University in Northern BC and is always seeking new ideas on how to build resiliency into Northern BC.


Amelia Merrick


Amelia is originally a BC girl but has lived and worked around the world supporting communities. She joins us from the university of Toronto, where she was originally the Director of Director of Career and Experiential Learning and is completing her PhD. She also was the  National Director for World Vision in Laos; working towards child well-being – things like improving education, maternal health and clean water.

Amelia believes we all thrive when our communities flourish.  She loves that this project is using the real stories of our community members to figure out how we can make Prince George a better place to work, live and play. She is excited to work on this project because she is hopeful that with more data and stories, we can influence key stakeholders to consider the experiences of Northern communities when they make decisions.


Sarita Parmar


Sarita joined CF FFG as a Business Coach for women entrepreneurs in the summer of 2020. Sarita brings over 15 years of business banking, industry and hospitality experience. She has worked with businesses of different sizes from solopreneurs to multi-million dollar entities, across different sectors in Northern BC.

A proud graduate of UNBC where she earned her Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in Accounting and Finance, Sarita has considered Prince George home since 1997.

Sarita is passionate about helping women succeed in their careers and lives.

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Mary Mytting

LEAP Project Coordinator

Mary Mytting joined the Community Futures Team as Projects Coordinator.  Her diverse background in business and not-for-profits, provides Community Futures with enhanced knowledge, skills, acumen and abilities to manage multiple projects; in particular, coordinating rural initiatives that include facilitating and delivering workshops in the rural areas of McBride, Valemount and Mackenzie.   With over two decades of entrepreneurship, sales and marketing experience, Mary is able to share her experiences while enhancing the clients’ learning and understanding in all aspects of business development.  Mary has started and sold 2 successful businesses and started an ongoing successful charity in South Africa.  Her passion for community development provides additional skills and excitement for broadening Community Futures outreach and support for new opportunities and ventures across the region.

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Tim Thomas

Export Navigator Consultant

Tim Thomas, BA MPA is a 29 year management professional. He has focused on market research, governance, innovation and business & export development. Tim has made his home along the Highway 16 Corridor, in Terrace, Port Edward and Prince George. He has worked as an economic development officer along this Corridor since 1992.

Tim has been the Export Advisor for the Cariboo region since September of 2019. He delights in finding the perfect match between a company’s capacity and its markets’ needs. He loves working in the export field because the “the sky is the limit!”