COAL MINE UNDERGROUND WORKINGS ATLAS: written under the name Shari Lindsay
Born and raised in Nanaimo Shari combined her interest in history and her expertise in GIS to compile and
produce the Coal Mine UndergroundWorkings Atlas.
Shari has recently been nominated for a national “Rotman CanadianWoman Entrepreneur of the Year Award.”
Shari Barker, AScT is the owner of a GIS (Geographic Information Systems) firm called Pacific Spatial Systems
Ltd in Nanaimo, providing Environmental Mapping and GIS consulting. In 1986 Shari was one of the first GIS
technicians to work with Arc/Info on the west coast of Canada. She has been involved with several major GIS
projects that include the 1:50,000 DigitalWatershed Atlas of BC for the Ministry of Environment, the
Emergency Response Oil Spill Atlas for the Southern & Northern Strait of Georgia for the Land Use
Coordination Office, Digital Atlases (georeferenced cadastral linework) for The Regional District of Nanaimo,
Regional District of Comox/Strathcona, Regional District of Alberni-Clayoquot and French CreekWatershed
Her interest in local history began when she was a child listening to the stories told by her grandfather who was
born and raised in Nanaimo and who has seen the many historical changes in town. Shari's research experience
includes her position as historian for the Nanaimo Concert Band since 1982. The Nanaimo Concert Band was
established 1872 and is the oldest continuous operating concert band in Canada.