Birgit Sharman grew up in Kingston and Toronto, Ontario and earned a B. Sc. in Mining Engineering from Queen’s University. Her first job was at an open pit coal mine in Tumbler Ridge in 1988, where she fell in love with the area and still lives today with her family. She took some time away from her work career to raise two daughters, as well as coach many sports and volunteer with various organizations. She loves to hike, run and cycle in the Geopark in summer, and ski and snowshoe the local trails in winter.