Catherine MacLeod has been hired to manage the Haig-Brown House heritage property.

New manager takes reins at Haig-Brown House for 2011

It’s that time of year when the Haig-Brown Heritage House operates as a Bed & Breakfast and the grounds can be rented for special events from May to the end of September.

It’s that time of year when the Haig-Brown Heritage House operates as a Bed & Breakfast and the grounds can be rented for special events from May to the end of September.

The Museum at Campbell River, which manages the property, is pleased to welcome Catherine MacLeod as the new Site Manager for the 2011 season.

MacLeod has an interesting history with Campbell River and a unique connection to the Haig-Brown family.  In the mid 1970s, she worked at the old courthouse when Roderick Haig-Brown was the lay judge.

She remembers that “he was always friendly, cheerful – not in the least bit intimidating.”

When she revealed to him that she too wished to write someday, he was very encouraging. He told her to just “pick up the pen and let the words flow”, and to write about what she loved.

In those years, she was also fortunate enough to know Sybil Andrews, and took a drawing course with her.  Now Catherine is a painter in acrylics.  She has successfully sold her work and also teaches painting.

After working at the courthouse, Catherine pursued a career as a legal assistant and worked for Gerry Sinnott for 21 years.  She moved to Vancouver for a brief period, returning to Campbell River last July.  “I missed the wild, quiet beauty of Campbell River,” she said, and is looking forward to working in a service oriented position, and having time to write and paint in a “happy, peaceful atmosphere”.

The Haig-Brown House has just that sort of atmosphere.  Amid the forested property of almost twenty acres, and surrounded by gardens and lawns maintained in the style of Roderick and Ann Haig-Brown, it is a popular venue for wedding ceremonies.  The annual Haig-Brown Festival is also held there at the end of September, on World Rivers Day.

To book a room or arrange a rental at the Haig-Brown House call 250-286-6646, or Catherine’s cell at 250-204-7620; or email haig-brown@crmuseum.ca.