Our Board of Directors

Ian Morris
Ian grew up in Trinity and graduated from Bishop White Central High School. He attended Memorial University and then Nova Scotia Technical College (BEng. 1971). He then went on to medical school at Dalhousie University (MD 1976). After completing speciality training in Emergency Medicine and Anesthesiology, he practiced in Halifax until his retirement in 2017.

Since retirement Ian, and his wife Brenda, spend about 6 months of the year at his family home in Trinity. Always a keen student of history, he has a special interest in the history of Trinity Bight where his family has resided since the 1760s. Ian’s other interests include fishing, sailing, kayaking, cycling, hiking, ski-dooing, skiing, gardening, wood working, and snow shoeing. He has previously served on various medical committees and was Chair of the OR Committee at the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax.
Kevin Toope
Vice President
Kevin moved from Ireland’s Eye to Trinity at the age of two. He graduated from Bishop White Central High School and attended Memorial University, where he completed Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Education, and Master of Education degrees. He worked at Memorial as an Instructional Assistant in Chemistry before embarking on a 40 year career as a chemistry teacher at Booth Memorial, Prince of Wales Collegiate, and St. Bonaventure’s College. During his career Kevin was involved in chemistry curriculum development and served on several science education committees. In 1996 he was awarded the Bayer Inc Award for excellence in chemistry teaching in Canada by the Chemical Institute of Canada.

Kevin has always spent his summers in Trinity along with his wife Loretta and since retirement they spend more time here. He has always had an interest in history and for the past 24 years he has operated Trinity Historical Walking Tours where he tells the history and stories of Trinity, Newfoundland, and his family for visitors. He enjoys fishing, sports, trouting, ski-dooing, hiking, gardening, and get-togethers with friends and family.
Sharon Jeans
Sharon Jeans is a retired Marketing Communications professional who believes a team based approach, along with a keen attention to detail, helps transform concepts into reality! Her 30 year career in the public, private and not for profit sectors spanned the alcoholic beverage, environmental and education industries developing concepts into realistic solutions to meet objectives. Known for her ability to develop and maintain relationships, Sharon credits these relationships as being  instrumental in accessing significant funding during her tenure in the not for profit sector. Sharon believes volunteering contributes to the betterment of a community, and enjoys doing so with various organizations.
Maurice Devine
Maurice Devine (B. Comm., C.G.A., C.P.A retired) and his family are long time summer residents of Trinity and he has been a board member of the Society since 2020. He has spent his career in the accounting profession and has served as an executive board member of several community boards. He has an interest in the history of the Town of Trinity and the surrounding area and in his family’s genealogy on the Bonavista Peninsula, where his family originated. Maurice is an avid fisherman, curler and resident handyman.
Kristopher Drodge
Kris Drodge was born in St. John's where he currently works from his home in Torbay.  From an early age Kris was always interested in built heritage and spent most of his childhood around the Trinity Bight area, visiting resettled communities with his family and being witness to the revitalisation of the historic Trinity properties that are now the iconic symbols of the area.  A Master Mariner by profession, Kris and his family have recently acquired Anchorage, one of the oldest homes in Trinity, and within the province.  He has held various volunteer roles with the Newfoundland and Labrador Historic Trust,  Royal Newfoundland Yacht Club, Long Pong Harbour Authority and the Master Mariners of Canada, to name a few.  He is very proud and honoured to be selected as a director of the Trinity Historical Society and hopes that his efforts will help the Society grow and support the community in which it represents. 

Other notables: First to be baptized in the new St. Andrew's Anglican Church in Trinity East, swam across the harbour from Ferry Cove to the Dock Marina as a teenager and is the founder/organizer of the bi-annual Trinity Rendezvous which brings in dozens of boaters from all across NL to the Trinity Bight area.
Michele DuRand
Michele DuRand is co-owner of Rosewood Suites Trinity, which she purchased in 2015 and had extensively renovated shortly after. Her experience with this heritage property helped to spark her interest in Trinity history and her strong sense of community. Since Rosewood Suites opened in 2018, she has operated the seasonal business along with Rosebud Cottage, which is open year-round. Michele’s background is in oceanography and she has previously worked at Memorial University teaching biology in St. John’s and at the marine field station in Norris Point. She has also worked as a scientific project manager for the international Census of Marine Life and on oceanographic research projects. Michele obtained her B.A. from Carleton College (Minnesota) and her Ph.D. from MIT/ Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (Massachusetts). She is originally from Baltimore, Maryland and has also lived in Minnesota, Delaware, Massachusetts, and Halifax. Michele splits her time between Trinity and Torbay, where she and her husband Paul Snelgrove have lived since 1996. You can often see them walking the streets of Trinity or hiking local trails with their yellow Labrador retrievers, Saffron and Curry.
Amanda Mitchell

From the west coast to the east coast. Amanda Mitchell was born and raised in North Vancouver, spent most of her adult life in Ontario and Europe and, as of 2022 is grateful to call Trinity home. Her love for the historic, family ties to England and Ireland, need to live by the water, love of the outdoors and drive to provide a new hospitality offering is what brought her to Trinity.

Educated at York University and the Sorbonne in France, her career spans many industries (tourism and hospitality, financial service, technology, not-for-profit, products/service and real estate) within Canada, USA and Europe in roles leading teams in reputation management, digital and traditional marketing, MLS design as well as visioning new businesses, culture building and leadership mentorship.

That said, what energizes her today is a mix of providing business-building vision and strategic navigation that helps individuals and companies re-imagine, evolve and/or elevate themselves, developing a new hospitability offering in Trinity, supporting the community, spending time in nature and with her husband Bill, two labradors and good friends.