Board Of Directors

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Toronto Brigantine's Board of Directors provide vision and direction for our organization. They work to create and maintain relationships with community agencies, develop relationships with sponsorship partners, and oversee the performance of our program and staff. 


Board of Directors as of April 2019:

Darren Holmes
- President

Darren in an Alumnus of both Toronto Brigantine and St. Lawrence II. During his tenure with the organizations he served as captain of all 3 Brigantines. After leaving the program Darren completed his Mechanical engineering degree and received his engineering License. Darren has spent over 15 years working the electronics manufacturing industry working in progressive positions from manufacturing engineering, program and project management and is currently working as an engineering services engagement leader.

John (Jock) Mcrea - Vice President & Fundraising Officer 

Jock grew up in Oakville to a sailing family on their 40’ gaff rigged schooner “Anitra”. Anitra is still in the family and five generations of family are still sailing her. She will be 93 years old this year and still going strong. Jock sailed on all the Brigs through school programs, and previously served on our Board of Directors for 4 years and was President for four years. Jock was the sailing instructor for eight years at Point Au Baril and Chester Nova Scotia and has transited the Atlantic three times. He's also cruised from Sweden to Gibralter and all of the Mediterranean, and has accumulated over 40,000 sea miles.

Michele Fraser - Parent Liason & Social Media Officer

Michele has been involved with Toronto Brigantine since her two sons went through the program. She has volunteered extensively with us working with the crew, providing meals, helping out with maintenance and sailing with us when we need an extra hand. She comes to us with over 30 years of experience volunteering with various organizations. She is a strong believer in Toronto Brigantine and the positive impact our program can have on the youth who access it. 

Eugene Berezovsky - Secretary & Fundraising Officer 

Eugene has long harboured a love of sailing and adventure. An alumnus of the program from his high school days, Eugene is now an event and project management professional. Eugene currently works a Manager of Event Operations in the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, having served in a variety of progressive roles in non-partisan organization of the Government of Ontario. A proud Torontonian and a strong believer in the power of experiential learning to empower youth to fulfill their potential.

Andrew McDonald - Safety Training and Operations Chair

Andrew has worked in the marine industry for the past 15 years: as a passenger boat Captain (Master <60 tons) on Toronto Harbour, as a refit technician, Naval Architect, and Marine Mechanic. Today, he is the lead mechanic at Port Perry Marine Services, and owns Lakeside Marine Services - a mobile boat repair/maintenance business, operating throughout Durham and the GTA. Andrew has served on non-profit boards for the past 15 years in education, health care and the marine industry.

Francis Clegg - 
Francis participated in the Toronto Brigantine program from 2004-2007. His background is in Mechanical Engineering, which he studied to the Masters level before spending a year working for BAE systems building warships. More recently, he has founded and operates a successful production design business which works internationally across a range of sectors. 

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