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About the Host

For the past ten years hundreds of thousands of B.C. early birds have been tuning into North by Northwest starting just after  6 a.m. to hear what host Sheryl MacKay has brought together to entertain and inform them. Her warm personality brings out the best stories about people and their passions for life and the arts.

Her association with CBC Radio in B.C. began in the early eighties on a number of current affairs programs. She headed east to the CBC in Prince Edward Island where she again built on her strengths as a radio host, reporter and co-anchor of the local TV supper hour show.

In addition to her work with CBC, Sheryl has pursued her interest in the arts. She has been a member of several local boards and organizations. Sheryl has made numerous public appearances as lecturer, host, performer and even auctioneer for charities and non-profit events. She is also a volunteer with BC Artists in Health Care and Crossroads Hospice.

Sheryl has received several accolades and awards including an Award of Merit presented by the Prince Edward Island Museum and Heritage Foundation. She holds a BA from Simon Fraser University and a Journalism diploma, and a Masters of Arts in Psychology.

Brian Dance

Brian Dance is our weekend news reader and editor for CBC British Columbia.

Brian started his broadcasting career in Nanaimo, B.C. after graduating from his hometown university, University of Victoria. He joined the CBC in 1977. For 20 years he covered sports while based in Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver. With CBC Sports, Brian had the chance to travel the world, covering the Olympics, Commonwealth Games and various skiing events. Ten years ago Brian made the switch from sports to news and has worked mainly editing and reading weekend newscasts at CBC Vancouver.

On the family side Brian and his wife have two sons and a gang of wonderful granchildren!

When he's not working you can often find Brian on the golf course or in the Boundary region of B.C.