New CFO: a fresh look at the numbers

The District has a new Chief Financial Officer

As of July 31, Sheila McCutcheon, is the new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the District of Vanderhoof. Sheila has stepped in with fresh energy and a strong background in the public sector. She replaces Joe Ukryn, who has retired from the role.

Sheila is no stranger to the north: she was born and raised in Prince George and has spent the majority of her career working in Northern BC. She has 18 years’ experience working within the public sector in the area of financial management and administration.

Sheila was with the College of New Caledonia, Prince George, for 12 years and then in 2011 transitioned into local government as the Chief Financial Officer for the District of Mackenzie.

Since then, Sheila has spent the last few years further south as the Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Corporate Officer for the Village of Cache Creek.

Sheila is very excited and happy to be back in the north, and said she jumped at the opportunity to be in Vanderhoof when she saw the posting for the Chief Financial Officer.

“My heart is really in the north. I’ve always enjoyed Vanderhoof. I’ve spent a lot of time here with friends over the years. So it feels like Vanderhoof is a really good fit for me. and I’m excited to get settled,” says Sheila.

Sheila has a confident outlook as she joins the District of Vanderhoof.

“I think Vanderhoof is positioned for great things,” she added, “Vanderhoof has a diverse business sector and the community has a lot to offer people moving from larger centres.”

“We’re a great team and I’m looking forward to adding value and working together to implement mayor and council’s strategic priorities.

When looking for relief from a head full of numbers Sheila enjoys hiking, gardening, winter sports and travelling.

“I also really enjoy history. In Mackenzie I was Treasurer and Vice President of the local Museum society”, says Sheila. “I’m looking forward to getting involved in the community’s activities in the months ahead.”