At the helm
Meet Baddeck Yacht Club's new General Manager
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.