Black Rock’s new GM Brian Johnson checks out the view from outside the resort’s popular Float Lounge.

Ucluelet’s Black Rock Resort welcomes new GM

Ucluelet’s Black Rock Resort has a new captain at the helm.

Ucluelet’s Black Rock Resort has a new captain at the helm.

Adele Larkin has served as the resort’s general manager for the past six years but she is headed to Sechelt and handed the resort’s keys over to Brian Johnson earlier this month.

Larkin told the Westerly she “thoroughly enjoyed” her time in Ucluelet and at the resort.

“It has been a great six years that I wouldn’t trade for anything,” she said.

“I am definitely sad to leave but excited to join my family in Sechelt.”

Larkin’s husband Peter has been working in Sechelt’s RCMP detachment since August.

Larkin suggested Johnson’s love for Ucluelet will ensure the resort won’t skip a beat and she is excited to see him take the wheel.

“He has enjoyed Ucluelet as a guest for many years and is so pleased to now call it home,” she said.

Johnson has spent the past seven years working for Sandman Hotels in Victoria.

He told the Westerly he’s been visiting Ucluelet about three times a year for the past decade and chose the community as the backdrop for his wedding two years ago.

“It’s definitely one of my favourite places,” he said.

“It was always on my eye for the last couple of years so when the opportunity arose it was something I definitely had to reach out for and here I am.”

An avid traveler, Johnson has visited 63 countries and said his experiences as a tourist have earned him a solid perspective on what travelers are looking for.

“It’s a different scenario from backpacking to working in a five-star resort but, having worked for different levels in the hotel industry, I’ve seen it all so it definitely gives me a perspective of what people are looking for,” he said.

“It’s a stunning area, the West Coast and Ucluelet; having been around the world and seen so much it’s definitely one of the best places I can recommend to people…I’m looking forward to calling Ucluelet home for sure.”

Johnson officially started his new position on Dec. 7 and he’s been stoked on what he’s seen so far.

“I’m super excited to join the team at Black Rock and continue the success of this spectacular property and I look forward to being part of the community and getting involved in anyway I can,” he said.

“Adele has done a fantastic job with the team here and I look forward to carrying on that vision and the success of Black Rock.”

He acknowledged replacing Larkin, a finalist in Ucluelet’s 2015 citizen of the year voting, will be no easy task.

“I’ve got some big shoes to fill,” he said. “She’s an excellent person who’s been heavily involved in the community.”

The resort, which Johnson said employs roughly 133 employees during Ucluelet’s peak season, is coming off a big 2015.

“It was a stellar year for Black Rock and I know next year’s looking pretty much the same and we look forward to where we can grow,” Johnson said.

“We’ll look at what we can change to make the property even better.”

andrew.bailey@westerlynews.ca

 

Just Posted

Courtenay-Alberni NDP MP Gord Johns says Scheer’s resignation not surprising

Pressure is on NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, as the lone major party leader remaining in the opposition

Ucluelet Aquarium celebrates “best” season to date

“We had some wonderful, really engaged visitors,” said curator Laura Griffith Cochrane.

Algae bloom kills over 200k farmed fish near Tofino

“We’re trying to rebuild fish stocks in Clayoquot Sound and it is disheartening to hear of this news.”

BC Transit plan rolls through public process in Tofino and Ucluelet

“I’m thankful that the residents on the Coast are allowing this process to continue on.”

Ucluelet cancels Harbour Lights Sail Past

“Of course it’s disappointing. It’s one of my favourite community events.”

‘Not a decision I came to lightly:’ Scheer to resign as Conservative leader

Decision comes after weeks of Conservative infighting following the October election

‘British Columbians are paying too much’: Eby directs ICBC to delay rate application

Attorney General David Eby calls for delay in order to see how two reforms play out

VIDEO: Octopus, bald eagle battle after bird ‘bites off more than it can chew’ in B.C. waters

B.C. crew films fight between the two feisty animals in Quatsino off north Vancouver Island

Couple who bought $120k banana duct-taped to wall say artwork will be ‘iconic’

Pair compared it to Warhol’s ‘Campbell’s Soup Cans,’ which was initially ‘met with mockery’

Race to replace Andrew Scheer could be a crowded one

Many familiar faces, such as Maxime Bernier, Jason Kenney, Doug Ford and Kevin O’Leary, have said no

Owner surrenders dogs chained up outside among scrap metal, garbage to BC SPCA

Shepherd-breed dogs were living in ‘deplorable conditions.’

B.C. plane crash victim identified; witnesses describe ‘explosion’

He was a flight instructor, charter pilot and owned an airstrip before leaving Alberta

BC Hydro offers tips as collisions with power poles increase

Region with the largest spike in collisions was the Lower Mainland at 16 per cent

Most Read