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Pickle Boat

One of Victoria's Favorite Leisure Experiences

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Our Crew

Barry Hobbis

Barry Hobbis

VP of Operations

Barry was born and raised right here in Victoria. He's happily married with 5 children and 5 grandchildren. He's served with the Oak Bay Police Force, Saanich Police Force, and was a member of the RCMP in BC, AB, and SK. He was also recruited to a legal publishing company and served as V.P. Divisional Publications. He loves being on the water and spending time with family!

Email:  bhobbis@victoriaharbourferry.com

Sabina Saransingh

Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Sabina was born in Manitoba, raised in Trinidad & Tobago and Toronto, Ontario, before moving to Victoria. As a marketing and communications professional, she has progressed by gaining experience in the financial industry and non-profit sector. From exploring the city streets to hiking the trails, Sabina takes full advantage of everything Vancouver Island has to offer. Email: sabina@victoriaharbourferry.com

Yves Trottier

Yves Trottier

Watch Leader - Captain

Yves was brought up on the St Lawrence River, had a long career in the Royal Canadian Navy and has enjoyed fourteen years working in Victoria's beautiful harbour. He enjoys travelling and meeting travellers from all around the world.  Yves is a Watch Leader and the VHF Training Officer.

Paul Gates

Maintenance Coordinator
Andy Ruszel

Andy Ruszel

Captain

Andy was born in Blackpool, England, raised in Toronto, and has lived on Vancouver Island for over 34 years. He loves being a Captain and meeting people from around the world.  His voyages up the Gorge are filled with history and humour.  Andy is also an avid musician and songwriter.  

Arnie Yates

Arnie Yates

Captain & Watch Leader

Arnie spent 28 years in the Navy. He is a recreational and blue water sailor, and this is his 18th year with Victoria Harbour Ferry! 

Annie Jungmeisteris

Dock Staff

Annie moved from Ottawa to Victoria to enjoy the mild winters and the wonderful west coast lifestyle.  She loves the outdoors, hiking, cooking and the theatre!

Beth Taylor

Beth Taylor

Dock Staff

Originally from Northern Saskatchewan, Beth has enjoyed nursing, caregiving and floral design as part of her career life. Now she's indulging her love of people and nature in her dream job as one of the dock staff at Victoria Harbour Ferry.

Dave Henderson

Captain

Dave was born in Vancouver and moved to Vancouver Island in the late 1970's.  He spent the last 15 years as a part owner operator of a water taxi company out of Port McNeill, BC.

Brian MacKenzie

Brian MacKenzie

Captain

Brian is a native Victorian and doesn't understand why anyone would want to live anywhere else. Brian joined Victoria Harbour Ferry in 2013. 

Buzz Wilson

Buzz Wilson

Captain

Buzz was raised in Victoria but moved to Alberta in 1971. Although he spent 42 years as a golf pro, Buzz began as a caddy at Victoria Golf Club in the mid 50s. He was in the golf business until retiring in 2013. Buzz joined Victoria Harbour Ferry in 2014.

Catherine Mustafa

Dispatch

Catherine came to Victoria almost 40 years ago after growing up in Vancouver and spending summers in Cowichan Lake.  She has a passion for travel and all things water related, from swimming to boating.  Catherine is excited to be back on the water after retiring from a career as an Information Technology Project Manager and Enterprise Architect.  She spent 15 years competing in dragon boating and outrigger paddling both locally and internationally.

Christopher Causton

Christopher Causton

Captain & Goodwill Ambassador

Christopher was the mayor of Oak Bay for 15 years and Chair of CRD.  He is the former owner of Jason's (Camille's) and Rattenbury's (Spaghetti Factory) and is a classically trained hotelier.  Christopher has been a member of the Harbourside Rotary for 33 years and counting and he is a mean tennis player! 

Craig Willey

Dispatch

Craig is happily retired after having worked 35 years in the security industry.  He has his private pilots license and enjoys recreational boating.

Dave Cowell

Dave Cowell

Captain & Watch Leader

Dave is happiest when on the water, especially if he is with good friends and his grandkids. From 1980 to 2010 he spent his management career in the petroleum industry. 

Dave Knowlton

Dave Knowlton

Captain

Dave loves being out on the water. 

David MacKay

Captain

Dave enjoyed a lifelong career in Thunder Bay, Ontario before retiring in 2015.  Sailing the waters of Lake Superior was his favourite hobby.  He and his wife moved to beautiful Victoria to spend time with their family.  Dave's new favourite hobby is showcasing Victoria's harbour in a happy ferry boat.  

Denise Wilson

Denise Wilson

Dispatch

Coming soon...

Dennis Jordhoy

Dennis Jordhoy

Captain

Coming soon...

Dennis Murray

Dennis Murray

Captain & Watch Leader

Dennis has lived in Victoria for 31 years, has three kids, and is a passionate fisherman. He practiced law for 40 years, 9 of which were with the Government of BC. Dennis joined Victoria Harbour Ferry in 2014.

Doug MacKeen

Doug MacKeen

Captain - Ballet Captain - Watch Leader

Doug joined Victoria Harbour Ferry in 2013. He comes from the Royal Canadian Navy and is an avid power and sail-boater with 30+ years of experience navigating local and international waters. He is friendly and outgoing with a passionate interest in boating and telling stories.

Doug Pringle

Doug Pringle

Captain & Watch Leader

Doug grew up in Victoria, graduated from Oak Bay High School, and attended Camoson College and UVic. He is married with two grown sons.

Doug Thompson

Fleet Maintenance

Doug is married with two beautiful daughters and one grand daughter. He recently retired from DND after 33 years. Doug is a qualified journeyman machinist and mechanical fitter. His many hobbies include competitive golf, family, travel in the USA, home renovations, cars and horticulture. H also enjoys home cooking and baking. Doug is very happy to be working with the Victoria Harbour Ferry team. 

Elizabeth Wight

Dock Staff

Elizabeth retired to Victoria in 2013.  She loves living here and feels fortunate every day that she can enjoy the beautiful surroundings.  She is also an active nana and cherishes the time she gets to spend with her grandchildren.  

Eve Jette

Eve Jette

Dock Staff

Eve joined the crew at Victoria Harbour Ferry at the beginning of the 2014 season and is your first point of contact at our Empress Dock kiosk.

Gary Neumann

Gary Neumann

Captain

Gary retired from the Hudson's Bay Company after 32 years.  He is a husband and grandfather and an active fisherman and eco-tour operator.  Gary is also a crew member in Search and Rescue Stn 33 out of Oak Bay.  

George Jungmeisteris

George Jungmeisteris

Captain & Ballet Captain

George is originally from Ontario where he worked in the high-tech sector and enjoyed boating on the Rideau and Ottawa Rivers. Looking for a warmer winter he moved to Victoria and now can sail year round! 

Heather Robson

Heather Robson

Captain

Heather moved to Victoria from Vancouver in 2015.  She comes from careers in Policing and Public Transportation.  

Heldor Schafer

Heldor Schafer

Captain

Heldor is a former publisher who still dabbles in writing for the theatre and travel articles.  When not working on the water, he goes paddling or sailing just for the fun of it.  In winter he enjoys visiting foreign places with their abundant arts and cultures.   

Ian Forbes

Captain

Ian was born in Powell River, BC and has lived on the coast his whole life.  Recently retired from a career in driver licensing management, he has finally returned to beautiful Victoria.  Ian is excited to be on the water and introduce visitors to this beautiful city.  

Janet Baggott

Janet Baggott

Accounting Assistant

Janet was born and raised in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England.  She has lived and worked in Northern BC, Trail, Kelowna and calls Gabriola Island home.  Janet enjoys working in Victoria and loves to walk and explore this beautiful city.

Jay Watson

Jay Watson

Captain

Jay is originally from Australia and recently moved to Victoria with his Canadian wife.  He was a camera man for regional television before joining Victoria Harbour Ferry in 2017.

Jeanie Yates

Jeanie Yates

Dock Staff

Jeanie has worked for the company for over ten years and enjoys working outdoors and meeting people who visit Victoria. In her spare time she likes to sail, garden, run, and travel!

Jim Sutherland

Jim Sutherland

Captain

Jim is a life-long Victoria resident!  He enjoys meeting people from around the world and loves sharing his local knowledge and stories with them.  Before becoming a Captain at Victoria Harbour Ferry, Jim used to work in law enforcement.  

Jim Tomaselli

Jim Tomaselli

Captain - Watch Leader

Jim is excited to be back for another season with Victoria Harbour Ferries.  During the off season Jim can be found at the local rinks officiating games on behalf of Victoria Minor Hockey or on stage performing with the Victoria Choral Society.

Joe Power

Captain

Joe was born in Timmins, Ontario and moved to Victoria in 1992.  He recently retired from a career in healthcare.  Along with cycling and playing hockey, he loves nothing more than to spend a day on the water and meeting people from all over the world.  

John McKim

John McKim

Captain

John is an eight-year skipper with Victoria Harbour Ferry.  He is retired after spending over 40 years with both the Federal and Provincial Governments.  His love of the water and conversing with the local inhabitants and the vast array of tourists have been the highlights his careers. The motto "Happy people - Happy boats" is what makes this skipper happy.

John Screaton

John Screaton

Dispatch

John is a retired tug boat Captain of 38 years. This is his fifth year at Victoria Harbour Ferry. 

Kathleen Dalzell

Kathleen Dalzell

Dock Staff

Kathleen has lived on the coast almost her entire life.  She loves being surrounded by nature and she loves to paddle.  Kathleen hopes to one day own her own boat so that she can explore more of the coastal waters.  She looks forward to a great season as a member of the Victoria Harbour Ferry Dock Staff.  

Kevin Kirkwood

Kevin Kirkwood

Captain

Kevin was born and raised in Vancouver but has spent much of his adult life in Victoria.  He enjoyed being on the sea with the Royal Canadian Navy for 38 years and now has his own boat to sail about in.  A father of 5 and grandfather to 12, he loves his children and enjoys having fun with his family. 

Linda Neville

Dispatch

Linda had a lengthy career in policy development of social justice programs.  She has been an avid sailor and racer most of her life and loves being on the water.  Her role as dispatcher allows her to be part of the Victoria Harbour Ferry team supporting the dock staff and the captains in providing passengers from around the globe with the opportunity to experience the unique and historic features of the Victoria Harbour.

Marcia Kirkwood

Dock Staff

A long time west coaster, Marcia thrives on having the mountains and the sea at her doorstep.  She has a history of running outdoor activities for children and youth and now delights in hiking with her grandchildren and sailing with her husband.  

Mary Lightly

Mary Lightly

Dock Staff

Mary came to Victoria from Quebec, via a long stop in The Lower Mainland, where she attended university, raised a family and enjoyed 33 rewarding years in teaching. Post-retirement, Mary and her husband taught at International Schools in Thailand, Mauritania, China and Kazakhstan; but the many attractions of Victoria and The Island convinced this traveller to finally drop anchor - for most of the year. Mary is thrilled to be a part of the Harbour Ferry team. 

Murray Anderson

Murray Anderson

Captain

Murray was born in Victoria and has been boating since the age of 10. His other pastimes include vintage vehicles and riding his Harley. He loves the water and was active in the Power Squadron and Coast Guard Auxiliary for many years. Murray joined Victoria Harbour Ferry in 2014. 

Paul Thomas

Captain

Paul is a native Victorian.  He grew up and went to school in Victoria but spent 25 years in Kelowna where he raised his family.  Paul retired from a wonderful 10 year career in education.  He moved back to the coast in 2000 and spent many years exploring the BC and Alaskan coastline on his liveaboard boat.  Paul loves photography, kayaking, fishing and exploring our amazing coastal .  

Perry Brewer

Captain

After a long and fulfilling career in the hospitality industry, Perry is looking forward to combining his passion for customer service with his lifelong love of being on the water.

Peter Young

Captain

Peter was born in Toronto, Ontario but saw the light and moved out west to beautiful Victoria, BC.  He was a cold water diver from the North Pole and a former pilot.

Pieter Nieuwburg

Pieter Nieuwburg

Captain

Richard Bugslag

Captain

Born in Victoria, Richard grew up in Oak Bay.  He was a scuba diver in his teens at the Undersea Gardens and Sealand of the Pacific.  He worked throughout BC, mostly in banking.  Richard retired in January 2015, bought and lived on a 30' Catalina before moving back to Vancouver Island to be closer to family.

Ron Fenton

Ron Fenton

Captain

Ron moved to beautiful BC from Ontario in 2014.  He was a retired airport manager and private island resort manager.  Ron loves to fly and has been a private pilot since 1975.  He enjoys canoing, hiking and spending time with his wife, 3 children and 3 grandchildren.  Ron is looking forward to another exciting season with Victoria Harbour Ferry!

Ron McCaffrey

Ron McCaffrey

Captain & Ballet Captain

Ron and his wife live on the sea, work on the sea, and enjoy a waterfront lifestyle. Ron has over 35 years of experience in the marine industry. He is very family oriented and leads an active and adventurous lifestyle. 

Sam Hauserman

Sam Hauserman

Captain & Ballet Captain

Sam answered the call of the West in his retirement from the business world and has downsized to the vibrant city of Victoria.  After a lifetime of boating the Muskoka Lakes and the St. Lawrence River in Ontario, he is thrilled to have joined the crew at Victoria Harbour Ferry in 2014.  Sam truly enjoys sharing the history and stories of his wonderful new city.

Stan Huston

Stan Huston

Captain & Ballet Captain

Stan has 25+ years in the hospitality industry as an owner and operator in both restaurants and hotels. He's been messing around in boats for more than 50 years and is an avid sailor. He spent 2 years sailing to New Zealand and back, and he currently teaches sailing as well as driving the ferries in the summer. 

Tom Kirk

Tom Kirk

Captain

Captain Tom Kirk was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland.  He immigrated to Canada in 1968 where he embarked on an airline career of more than 30 years.  Rumours of him spending time in a galaxy far far away are, to date, unproven.  He and his wife moved back to the west coast to enjoy retirement and island living.  He is eager to start a new chapter in his life with Victoria Harbour Ferry.  

Tom Watson

Tom Watson

Captain

Tom joined the Victoria Harbour Ferry in 2016 after a fulfilling career with the Royal Canadian Navy. A native of Ottawa Ontario, Tom could not think of more rewarding past time then spending time on the water and reminiscing with folks from all over the world.

Wayne Carlow

Captain

Wayne is a 4th generation Victorian who grew up on Dallas Road.  He is excited to be working as a Captain for Victoria Harbour Ferry.