About The Board

Our Museum Board is a crucial part of the Garden of the Gulf Museum organization. The Board provides strategic direction, and the oversight, monitoring and evaluation of activities. Our volunteer Board  members donate valuable time and expertise to ensure that each artifact entrusted to us will be available for the public to enjoy now and in the future.

The Board applies its time to engage in planning and keeping the museum operable.  It develops and updates policies and procedures to preserve the local history of Montague The Beautiful and the surrounding Three River’s area. This includes overseeing acquisition and care of artifacts, exhibits and displays, as well as special events to educate the public and to celebrate our history. From fundraising to researching items that have been donated, every member plays a critical role in the Garden of the Gulf Museum organization.

Membership in the Board is a great way to give back to your local community and the Garden of the Gulf Museum Board is currently recruiting members for a minimum one-year term. If you are interested, or know someone who may be interested, in this volunteer opportunity, please contact us via telephone 902-838-2467 during peak season (July-September) or by e-mail during off-season (October-June) info@gardenofthegulfmuseum.ca for more information.

Jane King

Jane King, Chairperson

About Jane

Jane lives in Kilmuir with her husband Don King, and together they have five grandchildren.  Jane has been a member of the Board of Garden of the Gulf Museum for four years. Her hobbies include genealogy, reading and cooking.

Peter Verleun

Peter Verleun, Acting Chair & Treasurer

About Peter

Peter joined the board in 2019. He and  his wife ,Louise, farm in Head of Montague, raising cattle and crops.  They have 4 adult children and 7 grandchildren. Peter has served on several boards including PEI Vegetable Growers, PEI Cattle Producers, 4-H, and Boy Scouts. Being the treasurer of  this board seemed like a good fit as a way to give back to his home town of Montague .
Fun Fact: Peter served on the PEI Cattle producers board at the start of the popular ‘ Burger Love ‘ campaign.

Darlene Sorrey Scott

Darlene Sorrey Scott

Darlene Sorrey Scott, Vice-Chair

About Darlene

Darlene was born and raised in Montague and has retired home to PEI after a long career in the non-profit sector in Newfoundland and Labrador.  She managed projects on adult literacy, addictions, internet learning, adult education and poverty reduction. She has written or edited various community-based reports on multidisciplinary coordination, strategic planning, human resources, curriculum, community liability & insurance, housing needs for seniors, employment strategies, women and addiction, responding to sexual abuse and economic development at the community level. Darlene has degrees in Sociology and Social Work from Memorial University and is a former Executive Director of the East Coast Trail Association.  She is a former board member of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Newfoundland and Labrador.  Darlene was a print journalist with the former Daily News and Evening Telegram newspapers in St. John’s.  She volunteers with Elder Dog Canada (PEI) as a walker.

Sandra MacKay

Sandra MacKay, Secretary

About Sandra

Sandra is a long time resident of Montague and has four children. Currently, she is manager of the Riverview Manor In Montague, and also works as a nursing supervisor at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Sandra’s hobbies include gardening,  curling, and playing pickle ball. Currently, she is on the board for Inclusions East and The Kings County Memorial Hospital women’s auxiliary.

Alec Blue

Alec Blue, Member

About Alec

Alec Blue  joined the Garden of the Gulf in 2018. A keen  interest in community and family history motivated him to join the museum  in  2018. His involvement in community history goes back to 1980 when he helped author a history of his home community of Hopefield. His belief is that we must preserve the memory of our past for future generations. 

Debra MacIntyre

Debra MacIntyre, Member

About Debra

Debra joined the Board in 2022. She has been in the business world since 1999, and is the owner of Compass Media. Born in Montague, she now lives in her grandparents’ original home in Victoria Cross with her husband Ken, 2 cats and 2 dogs. Debra has served on many boards in the past: Labour Standards, Queens Health, Community Museums Association, The Guild, & others.

A fun fact: Debra’s great-grandfather, Edwin Parkman,  may have worked in the Museum’s building in the early twentieth century during his time as a customs agent. Mr. Parkman was also a jeweller and the namesake of Parkman Avenue directly across from the museum.

Ronnie Nicholson

Garden of the Gulf Museum Ron Nicholson

Ron Nicholson, Member

About Ronnie

Ronnie lives in Brooklyn with his family and is involved with several organizations. He has a deep love of history, in particular our local history.

Wayne Spin

Wayne Spin, Member

About Wayne

Wayne is a longtime Garden of the Gulf Museum Board member, active since 2016. He also served on Montague Town Council for many years. Married to his wife, Cindy Crossman Spin, for forty years, they have one teenage daughter, Lily. He is an avid Montreal Canadiens fan. Overall, Wayne loves sports, his family and close friends. You can often find him checking out various sporting events on the Island. He is especially passionate about the Special Olympics. His motto is “step up and lead by example” – a true volunteer.