Sharon McLeod - Manager

Our new manager, Sharon McLeod, was raised in Cowichan Bay and, after graduating from Simon Fraser University, worked for 12 years in the non-profit sector in Vancouver. She returned to Cowichan Bay in 2012 to raise her family. She is married with three children.

Sharon brings lots of energy and knowlege with her - a great new asset for the Maritime Centre.


Mel Robinson - Office Receptionist

Born and raised in the Cowichan Valley. Mel Brings a good woodworking background with her as well as a passion to learn more in the boatbuilding field.

You can find Mel in the office booking your haul outs, courses and answering your calls as well as out on the ways alongside Tony bringing boats up for maintenance.

Tony Owen - Facilities Manager

Tony and his wife Alma live on their converted fish boat, Lasqueti Fisher, in Cowichan Bay. Tony could not be called an "old salt," but he loves the sea and he loves wooden boats. Tony has gained the reputation as the man with magic fingers. He has engineered a renaissance in The British Seagull by expertly and diligently turning non-running motors into reliable outboards. If you hear a Seagull in Cowichan Bay be assured Tony's magic finger's have worked on it.

Of course Tony doesn't confine his expertise only to Seagulls. He has worked his magic on a variety of small outboards, either as repairs or renovations. The donations he's earned for the Centre result from his work on outboards.

Tony says: "I always had a fascination for boats and the water but that had to wait till retirement from 30 odd years behind a camera shooting commercial photography. Now I find the time to play boats with my dear wife Alma. Any good weather will find us slipped from the moorings and in the Gulf Islands.

Once I became a member of CBMC I wanted to find a volunteer niche. A pile of old non-running outboard motors in the basement of the Maritime Centre could not be ignored. One of my diversions in life had been to help my brother in his auto garage prepare race car engines. Applying my knowledge of race engines to fixing up old 7hp outboards was a good fit and has made money for the Maritime Centre."

For information on Tony's small engine repairs at the Maritime Centre click here.