At the helm

Meet Baddeck Yacht Club's new Gen­eral Man­ager

The Victoria Standard - - Business / Culture - JEN­NIFER RI­P­LEY Visit bras­do­ry­acht­club.ca and find them on Face­book to find up to date in­for­ma­tion on events and pro­gram­ming.

The Bras d'or Yacht Club has taken an­other step for­ward to en­sure it can con­tinue to pro­vide the in­te­gral com­mu­nity ser­vices it has for over a cen­tury. As of this sum­mer, a Yacht Club Man­ager po­si­tion was cre­ated - a strate­gic de­ci­sion that al­lows the Board of Di­rec­tors to fo­cus on its du­ties while al­low­ing a man­ager to fo­cus on the day-to-day op­er­a­tions of the fa­cil­ity.

Sharon Mcin­tyre is the first to take on the newly cre­ated role of man­ager at the Bras d'or Yacht Club. Mcin­tyre is a ten-year res­i­dent of Cape Bre­ton and cur­rently lives in English­town with her hus­band and son. Her pre­vi­ous work ex­pe­ri­ence is in the en­ter­tain­ment and event plan­ning sec­tors, and 75% of her work over the last 20 years was for not for profit or­ga­ni­za­tions. She sees great op­por­tu­nity to en­hance com­mu­nity life in Baddeck via the Bras d'or Yacht Club.

Sharon is aware of the long his­tory of the Club, and is re­spect­ful of the past while com­ment­ing that it is the mem­bers that will take this club into the fu­ture. She points out that, aside from the Board, she also works for the mem­bers. There are an­nual gen­eral meet­ings for the mem­ber­ship and this year there was also a semi-an­nual meet­ing. With the ad­di­tion of the man­ager po­si­tion, the Board will be look­ing at other ways to get mem­ber­ship in­volved and to get feed­back, such as an on­line sur­vey.

Mcin­tyre has been noth­ing but pleased with her ex­pe­ri­ence at the Yacht Club so far and ac­knowl­edges the sup­port she has re­ceived from the Board as well as from club mem­bers. She also points out the hard work that has been done to date by oth­ers, and the count­less vol­un­teer hours that have been put in. There was a strate­gic plan es­tab­lished a few years ago and many of the com­po­nents have been ac­com­plished, in­clud­ing a com­mer­cial kitchen, a new wharf, and the cre­ation of the man­ager po­si­tion.

The so­cial ex­pe­ri­ence at the Club will be en­hanced with the ad­di­tion of food ser­vices dur­ing the week. Lo­cal food ven­dor Stand and Stuff Your Face will be op­er­at­ing out of the com­mer­cial kitchen at the Yacht Club for the win­ter, start­ing the se­cond week of Novem­ber.

"We are pleased to be of­fer­ing a pub style menu with a cou­ple of theme nights a week. Maybe a cook­ing class or two,” says co-owner Tim Lock­hart. Cook­ing out of their food trailer in warmer months, Lock­hart and co-owner/wife Rhonda, are look­ing for­ward to their cus­tomers be­ing able to join them there through­out the win­ter.

Not only will there be a fo­cus on new so­cial pro­gram­ming, but Mcin­tyre also speaks of build­ing on the ex­ist­ing recre­ational foun­da­tion of a yacht club: the sail­ing pro­gram. Part of the mis­sion state­ment of the Club is to "foster the de­liv­ery of safe boat­ing ed­u­ca­tion.” There is al­ready great sup­port for this; how­ever, the Board is now free to source ad­di­tional fund­ing and build on. Ad­di­tion­ally, the Yacht Club is re­ex­am­in­ing its place on the lake, both eco­log­i­cally and eco­nom­i­cally and, with Board ap­proval, will be send­ing a par­tic­i­pant to the Bras d'or Lakes Col­lab­o­ra­tive En­vi­ron­men­tal Plan­ning Ini­tia­tive (CEPI) Con­fer­ence in Wag­mat­cook and Baddeck Novem­ber 8-10.

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