The Board of Directors provide vision and direction for our organization. They work to create and maintain relationships with community agencies, develop relationships with sponsorship partners, and oversee the performance of our program and staff.
We are always looking for suitable candidates to join our Board of Directors. Should this interest your, please email your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
Board of Directors
John (Jock) Mcrae - Vice President
Jock grew up in Oakville to a sailing family on their 40’ gaff rigged schooner “Anitra”. Anitra is still in the family and five generations of family are still sailing her. She will be 93 years old this year and still going strong. Jock sailed on all the Brigs through school programs, and previously served on our Board of Directors for 4 years and was President for four years. Jock was the sailing instructor for eight years at Point Au Baril and Chester Nova Scotia and has transited the Atlantic three times. He's also cruised from Sweden to Gibralter and all of the Mediterranean, and has accumulated over 40,000 sea miles.
Eugene has long harboured a love of sailing and adventure. An alumnus of the program from his high school days, Eugene is now an event and project management professional. Eugene currently works a Manager of Event Operations in the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, having served in a variety of progressive roles in non-partisan organization of the Government of Ontario. A proud Torontonian and a strong believer in the power of experiential learning to empower youth to fulfill their potential.
Michele has been involved with Brigs since her two sons went through the program. She has volunteered extensively with us working with the crew, providing meals, helping out with maintenance and sailing with us when we need an extra hand. She comes to us with over 30 years of experience volunteering with various organizations. She is a strong believer in Brigs and the positive impact our program can have on the youth who access it.
Dave is a retired telecommunications executive and father of two Brigs alumni. His desire to participate as a board member is as a consequence of watching his children and their very positive experiences in the program, and wishing to help Brigs continue. Dave previously served as a Brigs board member 2002 - 2008.
Ina sailed with Brigs from 2005-2008 and continued to work in the tall ships industry for about 3 years afterward, cooking onboard a Maine schooner, crossing the Atlantic with Fair Transport ship Tres Hombres and as mate on St Lawrence II. Outside of boats, Ina works connecting folks in an urban context with nature through work with trees and bees.
Amanda began her career working at arts festivals across Toronto, including the Luminato Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, and the Regent Park Film Festival. Amanda devotes herself to the space where art and community intersect, and continues to push for more equitable and honest practices in every facet of her work. Until recently, Amanda worked in Production at Temple Street, a division of Boat Rocker Media (Killjoys, Orphan Black, Being Erica). Amanda is a member of Kick Start Arts, where she acts as collaborative producer, writer, and actor, in the web series The Regent Park Project, and is a co-founding member of Peach Boy, a newly established production company. Previously, Amanda sat on the Board of Directors for the South Asian Visual Arts Centre. She participated in the Brigs program from 2005 - 2008 and hasn't moved on.
Caedon sailed with Brigs from 2012 to 2018, including 3 years as First Mate. As chair of Brigs' Operations committee, she continues to work to ensure the program benefits young people in the future. Now working as a freelance illustrator, Caedon is focusing on writing and illustrating a graphic novel with traditional ink and watercolour images. She also volunteers with Sail Training International as Canada’s youth representative and sits on Tallship CAN’s Board of Directors.
Our Winter and Summer Programs are also supported by our organization's volunteer committees.
If you would like to be involved in a committee, get in touch with us at email@example.com
The STOPs committee advises and supports the board and staff in all Safety, Training and Operations related decisions.
|Caedon Kingdon (Chair)||Ryan Kroon|
|Max Kingfisher||Tasha Hyndman|
|Jack Currie||Liam Fraser|
|Alex Fryer||Rhys Steffen|
ASU - Alumni Support Unit
A group of recent alumni who support program staff by supervising, training and generally lending a hand during Winter Program work parties.
|Alex Fryer (Chair)||Max Kingfisher||Rhys Steffen|
|Caedon Kingdon||Noah Krantz||Ryan Kroon|
|Tasha Hyndman||Jonah Charny||Liam Fraser|
|Robin Leaver||Megan Rome|