Beverley King, Project Manager
Beverley began her career working with Abitibi Price in Buchans as a Clerk Accountant with the Mineral Exploration Department. She continued working in the Mining/Exploration field as an Exploration Assistant with various mining companies including BP Canada, Royal Oak Mines and Voisey’s Bay Nickel. Beverley joined the Wooden Boat Museum of NL in 2008 as the Administrative Assistant and became the Project Manager in 2009. She is experienced in Project Management, Human Resources, Office Administration and Occupational Health and Safety. Beverley makes her home in Winterton.
Jerome Canning, Boat Builder
Jerome first began boatbuilding in Placentia Bay, NL, where he spent his summers fishing with his father and brothers and building boats during the winter. Those early boats were used as part of his family’s fishing enterprise or sold to commercial fisher persons. In 1983, Jerome received a Diploma in Small Craft Design from the Department of Naval Architecture at the Marine Institute in St. John’s. Since then, Jerome has continued to build wooden boats, some of which have been featured in Newfoundland and Labrador cultural heritage celebrations including a Norse Faering,a French Chaloupe, Grand Bank Dories and a number of Newfoundland Punts. Jerome has worked with the Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador since 2009 as WBMNL’s Master Builder and Boatbuilding Instructor.
Crystal Braye, Folklorist
Crystal Braye received her Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2008 before completing her Masters of Arts in Folklore at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. During her time at MUN, Crystal’s work focused on documenting root cellars for the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador, with additional research on Newfoundland’s “Screech-In” customs and mummering traditions. She is presently on the board of directors for the Mummers Festival and has been working as a folklorist for the Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador since 2012. Crystal is responsible for WBMNL’s cultural heritage research which includes the documentation of traditional design, construction and use of wooden boats in their unique community contexts and the collection of stories and experiences of the people who built and used wooden boats throughout the province.
Jeremy Harnum, Assistant Folklorist
Jeremy’s interest in wooden boats started at a young age after countless visits to the Winterton Boat Building and Community Museum in the early 2000s, where his sister was working. Intrigue led him to apply for a summer position as a tour guide. Jeremy started working with the Museum in 2008 while still in high school and was inspired to shape his career path for work in the heritage sector. Over the years, Jeremy has played many roles with WBMNL including Tour Guide, Programming Assistant, Assistant Curator, and Museum Manager. Since completing his Bachelor of Arts in Folklore at Memorial University, Jeremy has joined WBMNL’s documentation efforts and is presently working on new exhibit materials to be added to the Museum for summer 2018.
Jacquey Ryan, Museum Manager
Jacquey comes to the Wooden Boat Museum with a myriad of experiences and qualifications. A teacher, folklorist and textile artist are but a few of the many skills she brings to the team. With a Bachelor in Post Secondary Education and a Masters in Folklore she is cognizant of the history surrounding Newfoundland and Labrador and familiar with museums’ operating and programming needs. In 2010, she was part of a team of individuals who helped make history in her role as Exhibit Coordinator for Cupids Legacy Centre. Holding diplomas in Textile studies, Heritage Resources and Performance and Communications Media, she has an understanding of the sensitivities related to Culture both tangible and intangible, social media and its role in promoting Culture, and Art as a medium for interpreting Culture, sequentially broadening her ability to story tell in diverse mediums. Her interest in boats relates back to a time when she and her Dad took many trips aboard his wooden vessels exploring resettled communities throughout the Trinity and Bonavista Bay regions. Most of her work, both artistic and scholarly narrate the Fishery in Newfoundland and Labrador including its demise and in more recent times its restructuring.