Betty Earle Barnes, Manager
Betty was born and raised in Shearstown, NL, where most of her family were involved in the fishery and where she worked picking capelin as a teenager. After graduating from high school, Betty studied business at Memorial University before moving to Ottawa where she began her career as a night supervisor in car rentals at the Ottawa International Airport. She quickly went on to manage one of their major rental locations in the city, before becoming an Agency Operator for the Avis/Budget Group. After the business became corporate, Betty moved on to management with Surgenor National Leasing, where she did sales and marketing for several rental locations.
After spending 24 years in Ottawa, Betty moved back to Newfoundland to be closer to family. She settled in Bay Roberts with her husband, with whom she has 3 children and 3 grandchildren. After working in management for her entire career, Betty is happy to now be the Manager of the Museum in Winterton and be surrounded by history, culture and folklore daily.
Outside of work, Betty loves to travel and looks forward to visiting small towns throughout Newfoundland to learn about their history, visit museums and to see all the lighthouses. Her passion for learning about culture has also led her to host international students for the past 6 years. She is presently hosting students from Germany and Italy. In her spare time, Betty likes to be involved with the community and volunteers for various events.
Glennys Coates, Assistant Manager
Originally from Brownsdale, Glennys has lived in Winterton for the past thirty-two years. She is the daughter of a fishermen, and worked in the fishery herself until the 1992 Cod Moratorium. She moved on to receive a Diploma in Office Administration and work for the Department of Child, Youth & Family Services and Eastern Health. Glennys first became involved with the Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland & Labrador in 2010 where she worked as a Tour Guide and is now the Assistant Manager/Administrative Assistant. Her time spent working in the heritage sector reminds of her roots growing up in a fishing family.
In addition to her role with the Museum, Glennys previously worked as a Librarian with the Newfoundland & Labrador Public Library in Winterton. She spends time volunteering in the community where she enjoys working with children, and loves to dabble in skits for local fundraisers. In her spare time, she can often be found with her camera close by.
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.