Saint John wouldn’t be Saint John with out Betty MacMillan. Betty is the Manager of Cruise Development for the Port of Saint John, and she is a rock star for sure. Integral from the very beginning in bringing cruise ships to our city, Betty was one of the key players involved in assisting the first ship, seeking refuge from hurricane Gabrielle in 1989, to dock in uptown Saint John. She has been with the Port for 33 years, to date and has had her hand in bringing 2.5 million cruise passengers to our city, by the end of this cruise season.
It is more than apparent that Betty loves her job and finds it easy to ‘sell’ Saint John and the beautiful Bay of Fundy. Her beautiful smile and confidence through valuable experience tell it all.
Let’s get to know Betty!
Where were you born/Where are you from?
I’m a Saint Johnner.. lived here all my life. I was a Garnett from Garnett Settlement – one of 5 children. I’ve travelled extensively but I’m always happy to come home to Saint John.
How long have you been a part of the uptown scene?
I have worked uptown for over 30 years – actually lived uptown for 8 years back in the 90’s. I’m thinking it might be time to move back (I live west!). Always have to be around the beautiful Bay of Fundy!
Name one or two people who you look to for inspiration?
I’ve worked hard through my life to surround myself with positive and energetic people – funny as this may sound, my daughter has been a great inspiration. She can always find the opportunity – she is always amazing me! My sons Peter and Dr. Bill are also my rocks… extremely hard working and accomplished and so fun to be around. They make me so proud!
What is your favorite season, and why?
Why cruise season, of course. I would have to say fall, not only are the temperatures wonderful and the leaves beautiful – but it is the busy cruise ship season. I love seeing all of the tourists walking around and enjoying our uptown! We keep improving with each and every year!
Coffee, tea, or other?
Java Moose, foghorn – Black!
I have two cats… inherited them both. Louis II was my daughter Cayman Grants, and Zoe was my son Dr. William Huttges. Definitely never lonely when they are around!
Most guilty pleasure?
Bragging about my beautiful grandchildren. I have 7 now, I am truly blessed! Wanna see the pictures??
My desk is a mess…
What is your Uptown Insider Tip?
I fell in love with Sean Yoro (Hula) when he was here – really love his mural and the wonderful video he put together on Saint John and the Bay of Fundy. We really have become #Saint Awesome. I love the hashtag because it stresses that the SAINT is spelled out, and people are really catching on to the hashtag… we are AWESOME!
I also love Britts Pub + Eatery – their Huttges Bangers and Mash is to DIE for and their MyJam video’s on Friday evening are so much fun! Also, Happinez Wine Bar – and it is conveniently located just below Britts.
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