|Dartmouth Yacht Club Staff & Management (2012-2013)
|Commodore (Marina Manager and Clubhouse Manager)|
Grant was elected Commodore on October 25, 2012. He joined DYC in the summer of 1995. Since then, he has amassed quite a portfolio on Management Committee, having previously served as Treasurer for four years, Rear Commodore for two and a half years, Vice Commodore for one year, and then Treasurer again for two years. After 20 plus years as owner/manager of two IT companies, Grant is happily taking a break from offices and computers – how long that break will be is yet to be determined. An avid sailor and CYA accredited instructor, Grant instructs CYA approved Adult Sailing Courses in the summer. As Commodore of Dartmouth Yacht Club, Grant controls the operation of the Club, presides at all Trustee Committee, Management Committee and General meetings, enforces the Club By-Laws and regulations, ensures that the Club operates efficiently and effectively, is the marina manager and promotes the Club's interests. The Commodore is the recognized Agent for the Joint Stock Companies.
|Vice Commodore (new Clubhouse Commitee Chairman)|
Rob Taylor was elected Vice Commodore on October 25, 2012
|Rear-Commodore (Sailing Activities)|
In October 2011 Stephen was elected as Rear Commodore. He was first elected to the Management Committee on 28 October 2010. He joined DYC in summer 2008 and has been an active member ever since.
In his other life, he is Manager of the Cellular and Molecular Digital Imaging Facility at the Dalhousie Faculty of Medicine. Steve is an avid sail racer, and enjoys the social program at DYC.
The Rear Commodore is to assist the Commodore and Vice Commodore in the performance of their duties, and, in their absence, act in the stead. The Rear Commodore is to ensure that activities related to the club's sail racing program, regattas, and the other activities specifically related to sailing are carried out
Don was elected Treasurer on October 25, 2012. He was first elected to Management Committee in November 2011 and assigned responsibility for the bar. He has been a member of the Dartmouth Yacht Club since July 2007. Don began as a power boater, but has since decided to try sailing and is still up in the air as to which one he prefers. Although he considers himself a novice sailor, Don enjoys his time at DYC immensely and hope to further hone is marine skills in the days ahead. Don has been president of Jessome Food Equipment Inc for the past 29 years, and when he is not at his desk, can be found in the woods or on the water. He looks forward to continuing his association with DYC for many years to come. The Treasurer/Corporate Secretary is responsible to ensure that the following duties are carried out in a timely matter: (a) That all records pertaining to membership, yacht registration, liability insurance and Club correspondence are maintained correctly. (b) Oversee the accounting of all Club monies received and dispersed, and ensure that an annual budget and annual audited financial statements are produced. He shall also supervise the preparation of balance sheets and income statements as requested by the Management Committee. (c) Vet all applications for membership, initiate correspondence pertaining to club business and personnel matters, and ensure minutes of all General and Management committee meetings are maintained.
|Fleet Captain Power (Marina and Mooring Field)|
Steve was elected Fleet Captain Power on 25 October 2012, after having re-joined Management Committee on 26 October 2011. He had previously been on management for 3 years, starting 1 year after joining DYC in 2001. He served as a member at large with responsibility for the yard including equipment maintenance, and now has responsibility for the Marina and Mooring Field and floating breakwater. He recently retired as one of the owners and Directors of the DSS Marine Group of Companies. DSS is a local group of marine and aviation safety equipment suppliers serving both industries across Canada. Steve has had a relationship with the water and marine interests for over 30 years and looks forward to enjoying more time at DYC helping to maintain the overall club quality that DYC has become known for. The Fleet Captain Power is to assist the Commodore, Vice Commodore and Rear Commodore in the performance of their duties. The Commodore may delegate specific responsibilities with respect to the operation of the Club to the Fleet Captains. The Fleet Captain Power shall make recommendations for the services provided and make recommendations for the improvement of the DYC on matters including but not limited to membership and facilities.
|Fleet Captain - Sail ( Jr Sail Director)|
Gordon Hart was re-elected Fleet Captain Sail for a fourth consecutive term on 27 Oct 2011. He has been a member of DYC since 1997.
Gordon is the dealer for Toshiba Telephone Systems for Nova Scotia. He sells and services Wireless Networking equipment and two way radio systems. He also has a sideline in webcams and video systems.
He sails his Kirby 30 (5 of Harts) at every opportunity. In the off season, he can be found at Wentworth Valley skiing and making maple syrop. As Fleet Captain Sail, he is determined to make the Junior Sailing Program, and by extension, DYC, the best and most community minded in Nova Scotia.
The Fleet Captain Sail is to assist the Commodore, Vice Commodore and Rear Commodore in the performance of their duties. The Commodore may delegate specific responsibilities with respect to the operation of the club to Fleet Captains. Fleet Captain Sail is responsible to the Commodore for the operation and promotion of the Junior Sail program at DYC.
|Management at Large (Safety, Security and Environment)|
Bob joined the DYC as a power boater in 2002, participated in a variety of club activities (e.g. Convoy Cup) and projects (e.g. By-Laws rewrite) and was elected to the Management Committee in Oct 2011. He was born in Halifax, raised in Ontario, where he learned to sail in Sea Cadets at boarding school, and joined the RCN as a pilot in 1966. On leaving the Navy in 1987 he flew for several airlines, retiring from B737's at CanJet in 2006. On the MC he is responsible for Safety and Security and is working on Policy, Safety and Regulation manuals for the club.
|Management at Large (Entertainment) |
Vicki was elected to the Management Committee in November 2011, and was assigned responsibility for Entertainment. This is Vicki’s first time on Management Committee. She joined DYC in 2005 and she and Nancy have been enjoying their sailboat ever since. Vicki retired from Aliant in 2004 as a telephone technician and technical trainer. Her objective as Entertainment chair is to get as many club members to the club as possible to enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!!
|Management at Large (Racing Activities)|
|Management at Large (Yard and Gas Dock)|
|Recording Secretary |
The Secretary is responsible for recording, preparing, and distributing minutes of Management and Annual Meetings, and performs administrative duties as per Management requests. Makes recommendations for the good and welfare of the DYC on topics including but not restricted to membership, facilities, finances, etc.
Appointed a Trustee on 26 November 2010, Jim has been a member of DYC since
1999. He was a member of the Management Committee for eight years and has held the
positions of Fleet Captain Power, Vice Commodore and Commodore from 2007 to 2008.
Jim has served on a number of committees including the 2003 Hurricane Juan Marina
Jim is an avid boater and spends as much time on the water as he can, cruising on his
power boat or crewing on a Wednesday night sailing race. He is a past president of the
Nova Scotia Chapter of the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society and has served on
the national board of the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada.
Paul has been a DYC Trustee for 6 years. He was Commodore in 1997, and served on Management Committee for numerous years including the 2003 Hurricane Juan Marina Re-construction Committee.
In his real life, Paul is a Dentist at the Woodlawn Dental Centre on Portland Street, Dartmouth. He is a Past President of the Nova Scotia Dental Association and current Chairman of the Mandatory Continuing Education Committee for the Provincial Dental Board of Nova Scotia. His other interests landed him as Vice Chair of the Gulf Shore (NS) Preservation Association. Whilst a Power Boater, Paul often slips to the other side and races on Monday and Wednesday nights as crew on “Second Lady”.
Don Backman joined the Club in 1969, and over the years has held many positions on Management Committee...from Commodore to Club Historian. He built his first sailboat, and has been sailing ever since. He and his wife Joan have been very active and contributing members of DYC since joining, and his three children all attended the DYC Junior Sailing Program. In addition to sailing, Don's hobbies include woodworking, curling and skiing.
Dan has been General Manager of the Dartmouth Yacht Club since January 2009. After a 36 year career in the Canadian Navy, he retired as a Navy Captain with two at sea commands under his belt (HMCS FREDERICTON AND PRESERVER).
Dan is an avid golfer who's love for the game far exceeds his ability to play it. He also enjoys travelling.
Bruce has been a member of the Dartmouth Yacht Club since 1984, and has been on the staff since 1989. There is little Bruce hasn't seen or done regarding Club business...he is clearly the corporate memory of this institution. His hard work and dedication keep the office on an even keel.
Bruce is an avid woodworker who's gift has graced the Clubhouse in many ways. In addition, he and his wife Anna enjoy the social program at DYC.
|Yard Foreman (Safety Officer)|
|Junior Sail & Race Director |
DYC is fortunate to have signed Ted Skiffington as Sailing Director for the 2011 Sailing Season. Ted did his Junior Sailing at the St. Margaret’s Sailing Club where, by the age of 16, he had won every major local regatta in Byte Class and placed in the top ten at the North American Championships. He was also named Byte Class Sailor of the Year and qualified for the Nova Scotia Sailing Team. At 17 he started racing in the 29er class and at 18, qualified for the Canadian Youth National Sailing Team. By 20 he had been racing 29ers on the World Cup Circuit representing Canada at North American, European, and World Championships. He also represented Nova Scotia at the 2009 Canada
Summer Games in PEI were he won gold. Ted is currently campaigning in the Olympic 470 Class with his crew Chris Veinot and is looking forward to making a bid for the 2016 Olympics that are being held in Brazil.
Ted is currently a student at St Francis Xavier University doing a double major in Economics and Religious Studies. He comes to us with lots of skill and plenty of coaching experience including Spring Training High Performance Race Team Coach at RNSYS in 2010 and Program Designer and guest coach at Hubbard’s YC in 2009 and 2010. Ted will be running the Learn to Sail program at DYC as well as the DYC Racing Program, and we look forward to having him onboard.