Sharon McLeod - Manager
Our new manager, Sharon McLeod, was raised in Cowichan Bay and, after graduating from Simon Fraser University, worked for 12 years in
the non-profit sector in Vancouver. She returned to Cowichan Bay in 2012 to raise her family. She is married with three children.
Sharon brings lots of energy and knowlege with her - a great new asset for the Maritime Centre.
Jeremy Smyth - Facilities Manager
Jeremy Smyth was born in Toronto Ontario and grew up in summertime and weekends sailing (and rebuilding) a classic wooden Danish double-ended lapstrake Lichtenboaten", the "Dawn Treader" (from the Narnia story) found in Lake Simcoe, ON and purchased from the Danish sea Captain who brought her to Canada from Copnhagen, where she was built in 1936.
Jeremy also fell in love with sailing tall ships, especially Her majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second's personal and only Canadian boat, HMS T.S. Playfair, a Brigantine built by her personal Royal Commission, in 1973, in his own home harbour of Toronto ON where he was recruited by her officers into officer training in 1985, after a previous trips across Georgian Bay, Lake Huron, Lake St. Clair, Lake Erie and lake Ontario aboard his beloved Playfair.
Later, continuing his passion for sail training, he was made Sailing Director for Atlantic Pioneer Camp in Murray Harbour, PEI where loved teaching sailing to people from around North America in the Northumberland Straight, where he also developed a passion for harness wind surfng at 30 Knots per hour in the Atlantic Ocean's Gulf Stream prevalent there.
Mr. Smyth, has a management background in luxury island and waterfront development, business development, fine furnishing and lumber manufacture and in high school and special needs education. He holds a bachelors degree in Classics from McGill University and Kings College Univerity (at Dalhousie), and engages in a continuing graduate program at Regent College, UBC, where he has enjoyed tutoring in the graduate history program.
He has been married to his beloved wife, Rita Mizuno, whom he met at graduate school and his lives in a house he designed and built with help from friends and neighbours in Chemainus, BC.