By Gina Forsyth
For some, experiences in our teens stay with us and help mold and direct our future career aspirations. This scenario is one that Jeanine Sumner, Manager at Cyrus Rocks in Okisollo Channel on the north-east end of Quadra Island, easily relates to. She’s held the Manager position for almost a year, when she advanced from two years as Assistant Manager at Thurlow.
Born in Campbell River and raised on Quadra Island with her younger brother and older sister, Jeanine held summer jobs grading fish and assisting with other jobs in the Broughton, where her aunt, Jeanine Siemens, was
working for what is now Mainstream Canada. These opportunities led the younger Jeanine to realize aquaculture was the path she wanted to follow. “I really enjoyed the environment,” she said, adding that she’s always spent a lot of time on the water. “The nearness of the water is huge for me,” Jeanine enthused.
The Campbell River resident also appreciates the opening aquaculture provides to branch into specialized areas based on personal interests. “I’ve also worked in fish health for other companies, assisting the veterinarians. I enjoyed the hands-on aspects of that,” Jeanine explained. She decided after four years of fish health, that the production side of the industry was where she wanted to continue her career.
Photography has been an avid interest as long as Jeanine can remember. She plays baseball and volleyball, which she also coaches. “I enjoy working with the kids and seeing their skills improve, along with their personal development as individuals”.