New Glasgow Lobster Suppers is currently owned by two of the original founding Junior Farmer couples, William & Thelma Nicholson and Sterling & Jean MacRae. It is operated by the Nicholson and MacRae families, with 3 generations of family members included on the Management Team. They are actively involved in their communities and the tourism industry in Prince Edward Island.
Carl grew up on a family farm in New Glasgow (one mile from the lobster suppers) the 8th of nine children of William and Thelma Nicholson. His career in the tourism business started in 1979 when he started cutting lobster at New Glasgow Lobster Suppers. Upon completion of high school he headed out to Alberta to work on an oil drilling rig before returning to the University of Prince Edward Island to complete his Bachelor of Business Administration in 1987. He became the bartender at NGLS in 1983 and assistant manager in 1986 and took over as the general manager in 1989.
Carl is currently the president of the PEI Restaurant Association and is a member of the board of directors of the PEI Culinary Alliance and Atlantic Provinces Restaurant Association. He has been a volunteer firefighter since 1988 and is the finance chair of the New Glasgow Fire Dept. Carl has been a member of the Board of directors of the Canadian Restaurant Association (1996-2000), Tourism Industry Association of PEI, Foodtrust of PEI and The Cavendish Beach & Dune Shore Tourism Association .
He enjoys teaching downhill skiing in the winter as a CSIA level two instructor and has represented PEI at the Canadian Firefighters Curling Championship in Ottawa in 2006. He lives in New Glasgow with his wife Sandra Skeffington and their three children Fiona, Avery and Davis.
Barry (older brother of Carl) also grew up on the family farm in New Glasgow. The 5th of nine children of William and Thelma Nicholson. Now the VP of Operations, Barry is responsible for motor-coach and meetings & convention bookings. Barry has worked within the business for over 3o years doing everything from cutting lobsters to bar-tending to cashier.
Barry currently sits on the board for Meetings PEI. Barry has also been a member of Tourism Industry Association of Prince Edward Island, and The Cavendish Beach & Dune Shore Tourism Association. He has been a volunteer fire fighter for over 30 years and is currently on the Board of Directors for the New Glasgow Fire Department.
He enjoys curling and has represented PEI at the Canadian Firefighters Curling Championship in Ottawa in 2006. He lives in New Glasgow on the site of the old Nicholson homestead & still helps run the family farm.
Gary, twin brother of Barry and the 6th of nine children of William and Thelma Nicholson. Gary is the VP of Purchasing, but has had experience in many of the positions within the business. You will most often find Gary greeting customers at the front desk or helping in the bar during those busy nights.
Besides his work with us, Gary is a full time farmer having taken over the responsibilities of operating the Nicholson Family Farm from his father. He has also been a volunteer fire fighter for over 30 years with the New Glasgow Fire Department and along with his brothers recently received Exemplary Service Medals for their years of dedication.
Gary currently lives in New Glasgow with his wife Valarie and children Corey and Alyssa.
The Eldest Daughter of Owners Jean & Sterling MacRae, Heather has held numerous different roles within the business for over 30 years. A “Jill of all trades”, on any given day one could see Heather welcoming guests at the front desk, helping clear tables, or even making chowder or biscuits on those busy days. When you don’t see her, you may find her in the office doing some bookeeping or at her day job as a Pharmacy technician at The Provincial Pharmacy.
Heather enjoys keeping busy at work and play. In her down time she enjoys playing darts, gardening and spoiling her grand- daughters. She is a long time member of the Crapaud Curling Club, and in recent years she has represented the Club at the Provincial Club Championships.
Daughter of Heather MacRae and grand-daughter of original founders and current owners Sterling & Jean MacRae, Erin has grown up in and around the business, tagging along behind her mother and grandparents on their daily duties and eventually paving her own path starting on the dishwasher and then moving to the dining room. A Graduate of Holland College’s Tourism & Travel Program allowed her to continue her studies and receive her Bachelors of Applied Management in Tourism and Hospitality at The University of New Brunswick, Saint John Campus. While in Saint John, Erin met her future husband and fellow business partner Michael Forrest. After living off Island for 5 years, Erin and her family returned to the Island to help run the family business and follow her grandmother’s footsteps as the hostess and dining room manager of New Glasgow Lobster Suppers.
Erin and Mike reside in New Glasgow and are the parents of two girls, Jorja and Shelby. Erin currently sits on the board for The Central Queens Soccer Club , is the Vice President for the Hunter River Early Learning Centre and is the Secretary for The New Glasgow Community Corporation. In her spare time she enjoys playing soccer, skating and spending time with her family and friends.
Mike is the husband of Erin MacRae-Forrest, and although not originally from the Island – he now calls PEI his home away from home. A graduate of the Food & Beverage Program at NBCC St. Andrews, Mike developed a love of food and a thirst for knowledge. He then furthered his education by receiving his Bachelors of Applied Management in Tourism and Hospitality at the University of New Brunswick, Saint John Campus. Currently Mike’s role is that of Kitchen Manager, ensuring that everything goes as smoothly as possible behind the scenes.
Mike is currently the acting President for The CBDSTA (Cavendish Beach and the Dune Shore Tourism Association), and also sits on the board for The Crapaud Curling Club. He enjoys spending his spare time with his friends and family as well as on the golf course or on the ice curling.