Galley Bay Resort & Spa

The Story of Ismay’s

When visitors come for their special dinner to Ismay’s they often ask how the restaurant got its unique name, and we are very proud to tell them the equally unique story.

During the 2008 expansion, we knew that we needed to add in a restaurant where our guests could experience an enhanced level of both cuisine and service.

During the development of the restaurant we asked our 188 employees at the time for their suggestion on a name for this new dining experience.

And, while we got many suggestions, one was heads and shoulders above any other recommendation. Our employees wanted to take this opportunity to honor one of their own.

Ismay, has the longest history with Galley Bay Resort & Spa. A dedicated employee, she has never called in sick and has always been a trusted friend to all to know her.

So in April, 2008 we held a ribbon cutting ceremony with the her excellency the Governor General, the Prime Minister, and the Minister of Tourism who noted that this was the only business that had ever been named after an employee.

Additionally, in 2010 Ismay received an Order of Merit on behalf of the Queen from the Governor General. And, though she thought about retiring after 50 years of dedicated service, however thankfully she decided she really didn’t want to leave, so she now holds the position of “Ambassador” for Galley Bay and is working part-time.