The Placemakers

Spend time here and you’ll know it’s true what they say: people make the place. Meet some of the locals who make this place great.

Renfrew Ambassador

Johnny “Mac” McDonald

If there’s a Renny Ambassador, Johnny Mac is it. The unofficial “mayor” of Renfrew loves this place and knows it like the back of his hand. He may start his day on the water, but wait long enough and he’ll return to his favourite seat.

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Meet Johnny Mac

If there’s a Renny Ambassador, Johnny Mac is it. The unofficial “mayor” of Renfrew loves this place and knows it like the back of his hand. He may start his day on the water, but wait long enough and he’ll return to his favourite seat. Everyone who comes through The Renfrew Pub door either knows him or will. From his bar stool (first on the left), he greets tourists and locals with the same firm handshake and big grin. When you see him, he might be sporting a bushier beard than the one he has now; that’s because he recently donated his whiskers for good — in support of Tall Tree Festival’s Make Music Now program. He’s a regular presence at Tall Tree, making sure festivalgoers enjoy themselves and stay safe.

Johnny knows everything that moves here. Resident for the past eight years, he’s been coming to Renfrew since 1976. He points to a server. “I’ve known her from the time she was born.” A welder by trade and a helper by nature, he often assists those in a bind. When servers get busy, or the bartender has to pop home, Johnny answers the pub phone. Most callers have no way of knowing they’re talking to a former Olympian. Johnny competed in archery for Canada at the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games.

If one person can contain the essence of a place, then Johnny Mac is Renfrew. He’s the go-to guy when we need reminding where we’ve come from or what we’re about.

Renfrew Fire Chief

Chelsea Kuzman

When you live in a small town, you often wear many hats. Chelsea Kuzman knows something about that. Born and raised in Renfrew, Chelsea is a familiar face. She has worked at the popular Coastal Kitchen Café since she was 13 (she’s 25 now).

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Meet Chelsea

When you live in a small town, you often wear many hats. Chelsea Kuzman knows something about that. Born and raised in Renfrew, Chelsea is a familiar face. She has worked at the popular Coastal Kitchen Café since she was 13 (she’s 25 now). She’s also the chief of Port Renfrew’s volunteer fire department and the acting chief of the local ambulance service. When her pager goes off, she responds to emergencies of all kinds — from fires, to car accidents and cardiac arrests. Chelsea joined the fire department at 16 and was in the top job by 19. Her Renfrew ties run deep: her uncle is deputy fire chief and her fiancé is a lieutenant in the department; her sister runs the Salmonberry Bistro and her parents live just up the road from the house she and her partner are renovating. When she’s not on shift, this go-getter is fishing, hiking and canoeing. Because she doesn’t have enough on her plate (wink, nudge), she’s preparing for next steps in her paramedic training. If you hear sirens in these parts, know you’re in good hands.

Renfrew Pub Chef

Kevin Loewen

Chef Kevin comes to Wild Renfrew as Head Chef with over 20 years experience in the food and wine industries. He began his career working for Earls Restaurants, where he worked his way to the position of restaurant General Manager. During this time he also achieved the Red Seal Chef designation and completed the WSET level 3 wine training. 

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Meet Kevin

Chef Kevin comes to Wild Renfrew as Head Chef with over 20 years experience in the food and wine industries. He began his career working for Earls Restaurants, where he worked his way to the position of restaurant General Manager. During this time he also achieved the Red Seal Chef designation and completed the WSET level 3 wine training.
His passion for the food industry was further heightened by working in New Zealand for the Mudbrick Winery and completing a traineeship at the famous Breslin Restaurant in New York. Traveling to renowned food cities like San Francisco, Barcelona and Los Angeles also contributed to shaping his own personal style of cooking.

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