Derek Bennett, Lewisporte – Twillingate

Derek Bennett was born and raised in Lewisporte and has been a lifelong resident of the district. A graduate of the Community Recreation Leadership Program at the College of Trades and Technology (now College of the North Atlantic), Derek worked as the Director of recreation and tourism with the Town of Lewisporte for 25 years before entering public life.

During his time in the director role, Derek oversaw many significant community enhancements including a major renovation of the Lewisporte Stadium, the development of the Woolfrey’s Pond Boardwalk and an expansion of Woolfrey’s Pond Park, an enhancement of the Lewisporte Marina, and many other community facilities.

Derek previously served as president of Recreation Newfoundland and Labrador, the president of Central Major Midget Hockey Team, chairperson of the Mussel Bed Soiree Committee, director with Adventure Central Tourism Association, director with the Atlantic Marine trade Association, among many other leadership positions. Derek resides in Lewisporte with his wife Tina and their children Catherine and Jonathan.