Volunteer profile: Colleen Deverteuil August 20, 2015

A member of MIASF since the ‘80s – first with Marina 84, then with Outer Reef and now with Sol Marine Associates – Colleen Deverteuil believes that the marine industry is a vital asset to Fort Lauderdale that must be protected.

Colleen organized the first Marine Immersion Summer Camp, which was held last month and gave students an inside look at the marine industry. She was the chairwoman of MIASF’s Marine Industry Day committee and has been instrumental in helping create a marine engineering program at Broward College.

Colleen’s focus on education is aimed largely on helping preserve the industry.

“You have to fill the pipeline of having future workers, people that want a career in the industry,” Colleen says. “It’s important to keep those pipelines open, make sure we have new blood.”

She also organized the first-ever marine industry job fair held at last year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, and planned again for this year, has chaired MIASF’s boat show and international trade committees, has volunteered for MIASF’s Broward County Waterway Cleanup and has served as a judge every year since 2008 at the Plywood Regatta.

“It takes a community to keep things going,” Colleen says.

Colleen has been boating her whole life, starting first on the Hudson River in New York, where she grew up. Her grandfather owned Evinrude and Cris Craft dealerships in the ‘60s. Colleen’s other passion is health and nutrition, and she also enjoys attending Fort Lauderdale’s wide selection of outdoor concerts, art shows, festivals and performing arts.

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