At the Smart & Associates office in downtown Vernon, Charlene strives to offer clients a different approach to personal and small business accounting. At Smart & Associates, accounting and bookkeeping go beyond the numbers. Charlene collaborates with her clients, ready and able to help them succeed in a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere where all questions are answered with respect.
In addition to complete personal tax services and small business solutions - including accounting, tax and bookkeeping services - we also offer tax consulting services to help clients reach goals and create better tax-planning strategies. Charlene is also available to assist clients with payroll training and set-up, with both Sage (Simply Accounting) and Intuit’s Quickbooks to help set your business up for success.
If you’re looking for a Chartered Professional Accountant to help with your personal or small business accounting and bookkeeping needs, contact the warm and knowledgeable team at Smart & Associates. Click here to get in touch!
Values & Vision
- Smart & Associates is an established boutique accounting firm that is committed to providing tailored, professional accounting services. We do this by creating: A welcoming, honest, respectful working environment for employees and clients
- High quality results generated in an efficient, effective manner
- Customized accounting and bookkeeping guidance that is client-focused and supportive
- A personalized, flexible approach to address individual circumstances. On occasion, the best approach may be to refer a prospective client onto a specialist or to utilize the services of a specialist!
Charlene H. Smart, CPA, CGA
Charlene H. Smart, Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), Chartered General Accountant (CGA), opened her Vernon accounting firm with a simple goal: give small business owners and tax payers the insight, advice and help they need to stay on top of tax returns and the financial side of running a business.
After earning a diploma in Business Administration with distinction and her Certified General Accountant designation, Charlene Smart worked in both industry and public practice before going on to open Smart & Associates in 2006. With such a varied background, Charlene brings to small business clients a strong foundation of knowledge and solutions.
Jenny McGovern, CPA, CGA
Jenny McGovern has always enjoyed empowering the people around her as well as balancing outcomes and analyzing problems to find solutions. So, when an opportunity became available to support Smart & Associates business clients with bookkeeping services, she jumped at the chance.
After earning a diploma in Business Administration, Jenny went on to obtain her Certified General Accountant designation, and that’s where she first met Smart & Associates founder Charlene Smart. Over the last 15 years, Jenny has worked as a controller in industries including transportation, manufacturing and property management. She brings extensive experience in costing, inventory, payroll, human resources, management and more.
At Smart & Associates, Jenny is clients’ first point of contact during tax season and she appreciates the chance to work one-on-one with business owners throughout the year to provide support and help them better understand their software and systems.
When she’s not in front of a spreadsheet, Jenny enjoys spending time with her three young children in the great outdoors—hiking, biking, camping, horseback riding and just about anything else you can do under the sun in the Okanagan.
Dianne Hutchinson, BA
When the door of opportunity opened again at Smart and Associates, Dianne happily walked through it. A passionate and enthusiastic problem solver, Dianne’s life experiences and professional training perfectly complement each other in the work she does supporting Charlene and Jenny.
Dianne enjoys helping people and has been in client relations all of her professional life. After earning a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Victoria, Dianne moved to Vernon to raise her family. Over the past 20 years she served clients in the publishing industry, the photography industry, and in volunteer positions with literacy and the school parent advisory committee. She returned to school when her family was grown to obtain her Office Admin and Basic Accounting Certificates and went on to work in the financial industry.
When not serving clients, Dianne enjoys the Okanagan lifestyle with her family – biking, skiing, hiking and savoring the area we are blessed to live in.