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, Chairman

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.

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.

Peter Verleun

Peter Verleun, 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.

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. 

Krystal Dionne

Krystal Dionne, Member

About Krystal

Krystal Dionne lives in Caledonia with her wonderful husband and 2 amazing teenage daughters. She is new to the Museum Board but has volunteered with other local organizations like Eastern Region Sports & Recreation, the Wildlife Conservation Fund, and the Atlantic Provinces Library Association, as she is passionate about building and supporting community. She also worked at the Montague Rotary Library for the past 11 years but has recently taken a new position as the Adult Services Librarian at the Charlottetown Library Learning Center. When not working she loves to be camping, hiking, and adventuring with her family. She hopes to see the Garden of the Gulf Museum flourish and continue to be a treasured institution in Three Rivers.

Erin Docherty

Garden of the Gulf Museum - Erin Docherty

Erin Docherty, Member

About Erin

Erin Docherty joined the Garden of the Gulf Museum Board of Directors in April of 2022. She has 20 years of communications and policy experience and is the Communications and Fundraising Coordinator with the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation. Erin looks forward to supporting the Museum to attract new and returning visitors and providing leadership in areas of sound administrative and policy practices. Erin has previously volunteered as co-chair of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation Run for the Cure and as volunteer coordinator for Cloggeroo- the Island Folk Festival. Erin resides in Montague with her partner Jason and their respective children. Erin enjoys camping, very amateurish watercolor painting, writing and editing, and spending time with her family.

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.

Meg Preston

Meg Preston, Member

About Meg

Meg joined the board of the Garden of the Gulf Museum in 2021. Originally from Orwell Cove, she currently lives in Charlottetown. Meg has worked in the museum sector since 2016 working in PEI, British Columbia, and the United Kingdom.  She currently works for the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation. 

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.

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