Jill Martin, Director of Education

In 2007, Jill returned to the province her grandparents left in 1912. From her home in Lunenburg, she looks out to the mighty Atlantic and in her mind’s eye, beyond to Sable Island. Even though she was born in Saskatchewan, the Maritimes were an integral part of her growing up.  Her grandfather, Clarrie, and his sister, Trixie Bouteillier, never spared sharing stories about their lives on Sable. When her school, Lunenburg Academy, closed in 2012, she knew it was the perfect time to begin writing. Seven years on she has written two books about the years that RJ Bouteillier was the island superintendent: Return to Sable (2015), Sable Island in Black and White (2016 Nimbus). It was a labour of love to breathe life into the Old Main Station during her ancestors’ time there.  Since 2016, she has been author/historian on Adventure Canada expedition cruises to Sable island. She is happy to be back on the board of Friends of Sable Island Society following a year hunched over her computer writing another book.