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 Hant’s Harbour.
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 research focused on documenting root cellars for the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador, with additional work on Newfoundland’s “Screech-In” customs and active involvement with the Mummers Festival. She is presently on the board of directors for the Historic Sites Association and Legendary Coasts of Eastern Newfoundland 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.