BRHS Social Worker Takes the Helm of Raymond Island Ferry

Justine Ward, skipper of the Raymond Island Ferry. Photo by Jake Lynch/BRHS

 

The sea breeze, the gentle lapping of the water against the hull, the rising and falling of the tides.

You could get used to this, I suppose.

For BRHS Social Worker Justine Ward, the sheltered waters of McMillian Strait between Paynesville and Raymond Island are now a second office – she recently began a new part time job operating the Raymond Island Ferry.

“The other day I watched a pod of dolphins round up a school of mullet in the shallows.”

If there was a prize at BRHS for “coolest second job,” then Justine would be the early favourite. (Any other contenders out there?)

“I love being outside,” she says. “There’s something really nice about learning about the lake system and the tides, and observing the environment. The other day I watched a pod of dolphins round up a school of mullet in the shallows.”

Lovely.

Want to know how you become a ferry driver? It’s actually not that complicated. Ask her about it next time you see her.