Gregory Abakhan '89

ELLIS ‘89

“We get one shot at this and one is enough...
if we do it right”

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY DOING PROFESSIONALLY OR OTHERWISE?
I work on the water as a Seafarer; a Mariner.

WHAT ACHIEVEMENT(S) ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF?
Obtaining my CL 60 GT Transport Canada Certification as a Ships Master (Captain).

WHAT ARE YOU MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT?
Sharing amazing experiences in nature with a diverse array of people from around the world. “We get one shot at this and once is enough... if we do it right.”

WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU?
I was recently contracted as Naturalist-Lead, Onboard Engineer & Captain for a discrete expedition cruise company servicing the archipelago, inlets and fjords of Desolation Sound in British Columbia. My aspirations are to work on a CCG Hovercraft, guiding ships through polar regions and providing support for global research expeditions.

WHO OR WHAT HAS HAD THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE ON YOUR LIFE TO DATE? Without a doubt, my daughter. Our relationship is the gift that keeps on giving.

WHAT WAS THE LAST NEW THING YOU TRIED?
Working the summer season in the archipelago of Desolation Sound, home of Canada’s warmest waters. And I just bought my first “free diving” kit!

FAVOURITE BRENTWOOD MEMORY:
Hangin’ with the Ellis clan in early June out front on the ‘Altar’ listening to Jimi Hendrix (with Band of Gypsys) singing “Who Knows.” That tune was wailing from the speakers perched on the windows of Dorm 17.

FAVOURITE BRENTWOOD
TEACHER(S) & WHY?
My rowing coaches John Queen & John Allpress for instilling a work ethic in me and the values of tenacity and perseverance in the face of adversity.
My Biology 11 teacher & Ellis Housemaster, Dave McCarthy for his easy-going and friendly manner and the mentorship he’s provided to me throughout my life.
My field hockey coach and teacher of Law 12, Western Civilization 12 and Geography
12, Steve Wynne; for his humorous, fun, and inspiring approach to teaching and coaching.

WHERE DO YOU HOPE TO BE 10 YEARS FROM NOW?
Above ground! Definitely, on the water with a smile you can see for a mile.

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