Director Spotlight: Bret Johnston, Graham Island North

Director Bret Johnston, Graham Island North

This monthly update introduces you to our dedicated directors and alternates who work diligently to deliver our mission and vision for the benefit of all residents of Haida Gwaii.

Director: Bret Johnston 

Participating Community: Graham Island North

Year Joined: 2013

Committees: Economic Development; Audit, Governance and Finance; COVID19 Response; Athlii Gwaii Legacy Trust

Can you share some of your background and experience that relates to your work on the Gwaii Trust Board? I was born in Churchill Manitoba, the polar bear capital of the world. Due to my father’s employment, we moved several times within Manitoba.  I then joined the Canadian Armed Forces and turned into a real transient. I was posted to almost all of Canada’s provinces, and did a tour in Egypt serving with the United Nations. I went through trades training in the military and became a RM Tech (refrigeration mechanical). My Job experience was very varied through out my career and my most enjoyable was as the Engineering Office for CFS Masset.  I retired from the service in 1998 after serving for 28 years, and moved back to Masset.

Since my return to Masset, I have worked as a manager for a small company and then started out on my own. I do home repairs, have a local accommodation that I run, and a fishing charter.  I am on the board of directors for Haida Gwaii Consumers Coop and am currently Vice President of the board. I am a councillor for the Village of Masset and a director for Gwaii Trust representing Graham Island North.  

I really like my community and believe in paying back to the community by serving it.


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