Diane D. Greene
In June 2004 everything in Diane Greene’s life changed forever when she stepped off the corporate treadmill, sold their house and bought a boat. Diane and husband Ted picked up their new boat in Montreal and brought it back to Toronto to create Toronto’s only unique floating accommodation experience.
They gave up their fast-paced careers to make coffee and Eggs Benedict for their guests. Diane’s degree in hotel and restaurant management combined with 20+ years of sales experience, along with Ted’s CMA and business knowledge helped to turn Making Waves Boatel into a successful business venture. Diane was brought up in New Brunswick with French-speaking parents, which helped make their travellers from Quebec and France feel welcome.
In October 2004, at the end of their first summer season, the adventure really began when Diane and Ted untied the dock lines and embarked on their first adventure cruising to the US and Bahamas, which they have repeated the numerous winters since. Now having traveled almost 50,000 nautical miles, they enjoyed sharing stories of their adventures in the Bahamas over breakfast with their guests.
A sign on the Boatel reads “Home is where the boat is.” For the Greenes’ summer home will always be Toronto where they are able to visit with their 3 children and enjoy their 5 grandchildren. Avid baseball fans, Diane and Ted can often be found at Toronto Blue Jays game whenever their schedule permits. Since 2004 Diane has been busy taking care of the bed and breakfast business, while Ted worked as a professional captain on cruise boats in Toronto harbour.
In 2016 Diane started making sterling silver jewelry from sea glass from the beaches in the Bahamas. Diane sells her one-of-a-kind sea glass pendants and sea glass art. You can see her work on Facebook or Instagram by following GreeneTurtleDesigns.
In September 2019 Hurricane Dorian devasted parts of the Abaco Islands of the Bahamas. Diane quickly began a fundraising mission to help raise money and goods to help the people of the Abacos. In December 2019, the Boatel sailed into Green Turtle Cay, Abaco Bahamas loaded with over $10,000 worth of tools, household supplies and donations. Diane and Ted also rallied other cruisers to help with construction and clean-up projects on the island. In February 2020 they returned to the US with a feeling of satisfaction having helped rebuild an island and its people.
For Diane and Ted, it was their dream to live on a boat in Toronto during the summer and cruise south during the winter, and they turned their dream into reality. However, in 2020 COVID-19 happened, and their Boatel plans got derailed. Ever the entrepreneur Diane decided to use the time off from Boatel to finally write the cookbook she had talked about doing for years.
She has enjoyed the time writing The Joy of Breakfast and sincerely hopes you enjoying making these breakfast recipes. You can contact here at email@example.com