Find out a little more about the CMIC family!


Cheryl Smith - Executive Director
Allan Dewar -
Music Director
Kim McNamara -
Accounting Officer


Jasmyn MacDonald

Marketing Manager / Front Desk & Gift Shop /
Gaelic Instructor / Hostess

We are delighted to welcome Jasmyn back for her 4th season with CMIC. She is our head hostess, managing seating in the busy dining room and looking after reservations, but also holds several other positions such as working the Front desk & gift shop, Gaelic instructor and last year was promoted to Marketing Manager and assistant to the Executive Director. She now sports a shiny X-ring from St Francis Xavier University and will be graduating in May 2018 with a Major in Marketing and Minor in Celtic studies. Jasmyn also brings her creativity into work by creating beautiful anklets that you will find in our gift shop!

Siobhan Beaton

Front Desk & Gift Shop / Server / Stepdance Instructor

Returning to join us for a 2nd season from Dalhousie University, Siobhan will be working the front desk and gift shop and also take on some server shifts this season. Siobhan has been immersed in Cape Breton’s traditional music since she was a baby, attending square dances with her mom at every opportunity and has become one of the finest stepdancers on the island. We are fortunate to have someone with her knowledge and expertise available to answer visitor questions and to provide stepdance lessons. You may also find Siobhan on stage strumming her guitar alongside our fiddlers during our lunch Ceilidhs.


Joe MacMaster

Musician / Fiddle, Piano & Gaelic Instructor /
Walking Tour Guide /
Archives Assistant

We are fortunate to have such a talented musician working with us for another season. Joe grew up surrounded by music and dance and comes from a very musical family. His aunt, Natalie MacMaster, and great-uncle, Buddy MacMaster, have been big influences in his fiddle playing. Not only a great fiddle player, Joe also plays piano and highland bagpipes. You will usually find Joe performing during our Lunch Ceilidhs on one of his instruments! He is also one of our Gaelic Instructors, provides visitors with fiddle and piano lessons and also brings his cultural and musical knowledge on our Musical Walking Tours. He is in his first year of Science at St. Francis Xavier University.

OIivier Broussard

Musician / Fiddle Instructor / Walking Tour Guide /
Archives Assistant

Another talented fiddler, Olivier joins Joe this year as one of our Lunch Ceilidh musicians, fiddle instructor and Walking tour guide. Not only is he a wizard with the fiddle, having taken lessons from some of Cape Breton’s most well known fiddlers, he is also a great stepdancer and is looking forward to sharing his music and steps with our visitors. Olivier also comes from a musical family who are great supporters of the culture. You will often find the Broussard’s at square dances and Ceilidhs and playing at local farmers markets.


Ashley Dempsey

Server / Archives Assistant

In her 5th year with CMIC, Ashley is our head server and a face that many returning visitors recognize. Though her skills don't stop at carrying 4 plates at once, Ashley is a creative legend inside the walls of the centre with her ideas, crafts, and artistic skills. She has multiple crafts for sale in the gift shop, such as homemade cards and our popular coloring and activity book for children, which she illustrated. Always helping decorate for holidays and events, Ashley excels with originality! During the winter, you will find her working our Sunday Ceilidhs and in the Archives department cataloguing donated materials and digitizing videos. She spends most of her off-hours at home tending to her beloved dogs and chickens.

Christie MacEachern

Front Desk & Gift Shop / Server / Archives Assistant

Going into her 4th season with CMIC, Christie is another face many will recognize. Working primarily as a Server, she also works the Front Desk and Gift Shop and works throughout the off-season at our Sunday Ceilidhs, in the Archives and assisting with various projects. Filled with a love of the tunes, she is often found humming along and tapping her feet while working. Christie grew up in a musical family and tunes can usually be heard in the house. Her father is a fiddle and guitar player and her grandmother, the late Anna Mae MacEachern, is a well-known piano player.


Reilly Graham


Starting his 2nd year as a Server, Reilly is often called upon for his muscle! A hard worker picking up everything thrown at him with ease, he also operates his own tent rental business, which keeps him extremely busy throughout the summer and fall. In the off-season, Reilly volunteers a lot of his time to Hockey Nova Scotia as a referee and assigner and works a variety of jobs. He possesses a degree in Power Engineering Technology and is the recipient of several academic and athletic awards.


Riley van den Heuvel

Server / Hostess

We are pleased to welcome Riley to the CMIC family this year as a server and hostess. Currently attending Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Agriculture, she is no stranger to farm work, having worked as a herdsperson since 2012. She is also a talented athlete and the recipient of several medals in track & field and volleyball. An animal lover and a Cape Breton enthusiast, Riley hopes to build her career around working toward a more sustainable environment for rural areas. You may also find Riley showcasing her guitar and stepdancing skills on stage!




Miya Beaton
Server / Bartender / Cook

A proud Mabou Harbour girl, Miya will be going into her second year at St Mary's University this fall. We're very happy to have her join the CMIC team this year working as a bartender, server and cook!  More details to follow....

Braedon MacIntyre

Server / Bartender / Runner

Braedon is a Judique native, growing up just across the road from the Celtic Music Centre. He graduated from Dalbrae Academy last year and is now attending St. FX University studying for his BA in Psychology. Having just turned 19, he is excited to join the CMIC crew this summer and spend his time off at the local beach. Braedon’s bubbly personality will fit in perfectly with the CMIC family.


Christine MacKinnon


A talented Chef we are fortunate to have back with us for a 2nd season. Christine graduated from Holland College’s culinary program. She is always spoiling the staff with her homemade sweets to nibble on during their shifts. She has two precious daughters and spends most of her time in the off-season being a hockey-mom freezing in rinks! Together with our other chef, Nakita, they keep the CMIC kitchen running smoothly and efficiently, putting out some great food for our guests and forever teasing and playing tricks on the servers whenever the opportunity arises! 


Nakita Murrin


Another fabulous chef we are lucky to have back for a 3rd season. Nakita graduated with Christine from Holland College’s culinary program and enjoys coming up with new dishes and putting her creative touches on everything she cooks. Her love of hip-hop music can be heard early mornings in the kitchen while prepping for the day! We are so excited to welcome Nakita’s baby boy to the CMIC family this June! 



Annette MacIsaac -- Travel Counsellor
Donna MacLellan -- Accounting Officer
Frank MacInnis -- Retired Principal
Jean C. MacDonald -- Retired Teacher
Kenneth MacKenzie -- Engineer / Musician
Marion MacIsaac -- Teacher
Mac Morin -- Musician
Shelly Campbell -- Teacher / Musician
William MacIsaac -- Retired Pulp Mill Worker
William F. Meehan -- Barrister & Solicitor