Bryan came to Canada in 1966 to see what it was like – and he’s still here! Having spent younger years on the East coast of England with many wonderful memories of time on or in the North Sea, a work opportunity in Canada got him across the pond. Then followed a career in the investment and public policy financial sector with a Canadian bank that took him to Kingston, Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto – ever further from the sea. So on retirement it became important to correct that and Martins River and Mahone Bay became the new family home.
Then able to develop his love of boating, both power and sail, led to an exploration of Mahone Bay. With its many islands, without a doubt one of the most attractive and beautiful bodies of water in the world and well worth saving for all to enjoy.
MICA was being formed at that time and was joined in its early days. Then followed numerous meetings with island owners, politicians and many layers and senior levels of government departments that were necessary to process the purchase of islands and shore line in the Bay. A recent project has been to obtain provincial and municipal agreement to establish public moorings off MICA islands that were purchased for traditional public use. The first of these were dropped in place in 2022 with a significant increase planned for the 2023 season.
As Vice-Chair, it has been a privilege to work with the Board and members to convert the MICA vision into a reality. A work well underway.