Nautical Nights Speaker Series
The Maritime Museum of British Columbia’s 2018-2019 Nautical Nights Speaker Series. See below for more information about the speakers. https://mmbc.bc.ca/programs-2/nautical-nights-speaker-series/
About segments from the Maritime Museum’s monthly newsletters.
September 2018 speaker, Michael Layland is the author of two books about the exploration history of Vancouver Island, both short-listed for BC Book Awards.* Earlier, he was an officer in survey wing of the Royal Engineers and has worked on military and civilian mapping projects in many parts of the world. He has lived in Victoria since 1991. He is a former president of the Victoria Historical Society and of the Friends of the BC Archives. He is currently completing the text of his third book, on the island’s early naturalists.
October 2018 speaker, Jan Drent commanded three warships and served on both coasts and abroad over his 34 year career in the Royal Canadian Navy, Since retiring to Victoria, Jan has been involved in volunteer work. His hobbies include languages, sailing, biking, hiking and history. He has been a Maritime Museum of BC volunteer for several years.
November 2018 speaker, Kate Humble is an historian and the Curator for Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites. She completed her graduate work at the University of Toronto and taught there before turning to the world of museums. After several years with the National Collection of Arms and Armour (Royal Armouries Museum) in the UK, Kate returned to her hometown of Victoria, and held posts as the Education Curator at the Maritime Museum of BC and as the Operations Manager of Craigdarroch Castle, before taking up her current position with Parks Canada. Although a medievalist and military historian by training, she has a particular affection for the unusual characters and storylines which animate the history of Victoria, and can be found delivering historic walking tours of the city with Discover the Past, with her own characteristic, entertaining brand of storytelling.
January 2019 speaker, Peggy Herring is the author of the novels Anna, Like Thunder (2018) and This Innocent Corner (2010). Her award-winning short fiction appears in literary journals and anthologies in Canada and India. She has lived in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, England, and Japan, working as a radio and print journalist, editor, international development consultant and volunteer, documentary film writer, and teacher. Before her time overseas, she was a producer and broadcaster for CBC Radio in Newfoundland and British Columbia.
February 2019 speaker, Joanna Streetly grew up in Trinidad and moved to Vancouver to study Outdoor Recreation and Wilderness Leadership. In 1990, she moved to Tofino, where she worked as a naturalist guide. Her most recent book, Wild Fierce Life: Dangerous Moments on the Outer Coast, a BC Bestseller, is published by Caitlin Press. Other titles include Paddling Through Time (Raincoast Books) and Silent Inlet (Oolichan). Her work is also published in Best Canadian Essays 2017 and in anthologies, magazines and literary journals. Joanna is the inaugural Tofino Poet Laureate.
March 2019 speaker, Ron Holland is a celebrated yacht designer who drew his first yacht at 19 years of age. He rapidly made a name for himself as one of the most successful and sought-after designers in the highly competitive world of international ocean racing, before advancing to bigger things. His seminal influence on the then-new category of super-yachts, those toys of the rich and super-rich, brought him fresh success, and an introduction to a world of fascinating personalities: business tycoons, royalty and rock stars. For over 50 years Ron’s innovative designs have repeatedly shaken up the world of sailing. His most recent accolade is the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Boat International Media at the Design and Innovation Awards in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy.
April 2019 speaker, Sarah Patton is a Research Biologist with Ocean Wise’s Marine Mammal Research Program, and Coordinator of its newly established Southern Vancouver Island Cetacean Research Initiative (SVICRI). Sarah’s experience in her field includes nearly 20 years working on research and conservation within governments in Canada, Australia, and the USA, with several Canadian and international non-profits, and within academia. She holds a Master’s degree in Marine Conservation Biology from James Cook University in Australia, which she took as a Rotary International Academic Ambassador representing Eastern Canada, an undergraduate degree in Marine Biology from Dalhousie University, and a Diploma in Adult Education. In her spare time, Sarah is an avid outdoorswoman and naturalist, and an active member of Maritime Search and Rescue Station #35 in Victoria.
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