She shares the same name, age and hometown as Kayla Bourque - but is nothing like the convicted animal killer who was released this week to live in Vancouver.
Instead, it's a very unfortunate case of mistaken identity.
"I wasn't really worried about it until the news headlines hit about her moving to Vancouver," said Bourque, 23, who lives in New Westminster and is unrelated to the infamous pet killer.
"Before, I was pretty good-humoured about it but now I'm worried people will actually think it's me."
While the two women both grew up in Prince George, they did not attend any of the same schools and have never met face to face.
Bourque said she first came across her namesake when she tried signing up for swimming lessons as a kid in Prince George and was told she was registered for a level she had already completed.
Years later, after Bourque had been living in the Lower Mainland for a while, she was stopped by transit police who became visibly tense when they ran her name through records.
Bourque said the incident was cleared up quickly but that it was the first time she realized the other Bourque had a shady past.
Now that the pet-killer Bourque has been released and has plans to live in Vancouver, the innocent Bourque is worried it will become a complication if she has to apply for jobs in the future.
Already, her unsuspecting family - including distant relatives living in Prince George - has been bombarded with calls from the media about the charges, and former co-workers have asked questions about the news stories.
"It's definitely frustrating," she said. "Her name is going to be everywhere and that means my name is going to be everywhere. It's definitely a strenuous idea."
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