Board of Directors
Vincent MacNeil bio
Vincent “Vince” MacNeil, originally from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, is the son of Edward MacNeil s/o Hector Raymond “Raymond” s/o Hector Raymond s/o Hector s/o James s/o Malcolm s/o John s/o Rory “The Piper” MacNeil (legendary hereditary piper for the Laird of Barra) and the son of Patsy MacNeil d/o Hector Joseph MacNeil s/o Francis Hector (noted genealogist and local historian from Iona, Cape Breton) s/o Hector Rory s/o Rory Mor s/o Donald s/o Ruairi MacNeil. Rory Mor and his father Donald (of Sandray, Parish of Barra) were two of the four MacNeils who founded Iona, Cape Breton about 1802. Vince is an educator in Halifax, Nova Scotia, a student of Gaelic and currently serves as Clan MacNeil’s President and Genealogist. He also administers / co-administers three MacNeil related Facebook groups: Clan MacNeil in Canada, Clan MacNeil of Barra, and Barra’s People – A Genealogical Interest Page. Vince studies the genealogy of Barra MacNeils no matter where they emigrated in the world and studies all MacNeil families who lived in Nova Scotia. He is co-administrator of the MacNeil DNA project at Family Tree DNA. In addition to the genealogy and genetics of the Clan MacNeil, Vince has studied the language and culture of Barra emigrants in Cape Breton through completion of a thesis entitled A study of Gaelic language and culture in Cape Breton’s Barra Gaidhealtachd
Past President: Alene McNeill
Alene M. McNeill bio
I have been president of Clan MacNeil in Canada for over 25 years. I joined Clan MacNeil in Canada in 1975. My number in order of registration is number 6. I have been an executive member since 1977. I have seen the organization grow from 12 members to what it is today. I have a degree in business administration and a degree in Ultrasonic and trained at De Forrester Institute in Germany. I was on the Clans and Scottish Societies of Canada Executive for over 30 years, my last few years as Chair of the organization. Editor of the An Drochaid, the newsletter of CASSOC, 1st VP of the Newmarket Horticultural society and director of the Arts Council of Newmarket, I have been doing volunteer work for Habitat for Humanity for over 12 years. In my spare time I teach flower arranging and walk my little dog Piper.
1st Vice-President and CASSOC delegate: Terry Myles bio
I live in Grafton Ontario I am the 1st vice president along with being the Highland games Co- ordinator . I attend about six highland games a season in southern Ontario . I have been a member of the clan for 11 years and also belong to Clan MacNeil in the US . We have 2 Westie dogs , Jordie MacNeil and wee Roddy plus a poodle mix called Jesse . I really embrace my Scottish heritage and attend Robbie burns dinners , Tartan day celebrations and also am on the CASSOC board
2nd Vice-President: Rod Mac Neill bio
Roderick MacNeill is a resident of Kitchener, ON. He holds a B.A. Hons. Philosophy from the University of Waterloo, and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in philosophy at McMaster University.
His 3rd-great Grandfather, John McNeil, came to Canada from Barra in the mid-19th century. He was married to Mary McNeil, who was from Inverness. Their son, Roderick McNeil, settled in Ingersoll, marrying Catherine McPhee, who was from South Uist. Their son, Daniel Joseph McNeil, moved to Vancouver and married Dorcus Morgan. There, they had three sons, one of whom, Daniel Morgan MacNeill, was a musician who travelled across Canada. After serving with the HMCS Swansea—Canada’s most successful U-boat hunter during WW2—Daniel Morgan MacNeill settled in Toronto, marrying Helen Nora (June) Mullane. They had five children: Barra, Murray, Iain, Donald, and Glen. Donald married Nancy Mazepa, settling in Kitchener and having one child, Roderick. Roderick and his wife Robyn currently have two children: Aonghas and Lilidh.
Secretary: Trish MacNeil bio
Trish is descended from Barra and Cape Breton MacNeils, the family moving to Ontario when her father was seven years old. She was raised with a strong Scottish culture in a family of Pipers and Highland dancers. She is also on the Board of Directors for Comunn Gàidhlig Thoronto/The Gaelic Society of Toronto and is passionately engaged in learning and promoting our heritage Gaelic language and culture. Trish lives in Kitchener and has two daughters and two grandchildren in the Ottawa area and a son who lives near Seattle, U.S.A
Treasurer: Allan McNeil bio
Allan McNeil is the son of Cyril McNeil born Cyril MacNeil in Cape Breton N.S. Allan now a resident of Kitchener On. with his wife Kim a Cardiac Nurse, son Bradley and Daughter Lindsay who both attend the University of Waterloo. After graduating from the University of Waterloo Allan worked in various roles in the financial services industry and currently serves as the Director of Retail Lending for Your Neighbourhood Credit Union. In 2013 Allan and Family visited the seat of Clan MacNeil on the Isle of Barra. The trip spiked further interest in Clan MacNeil and through our association whit the Clan MacNeil in Canada we can trace our line in the family history in Canada back to 1806.
Webmaster: Dr. Suzanne McNeill bio
Suzanne is the daughter of Dan McNeill and Dawn Ellis, granddaughter of Clan MacNeil in Canada founder Andrew McNeill. She was born in 1988 and has a twin brother David and older sister Kristen. She enjoys being a Girl Guide leader and can play the violin. She trained as an Optometrist at the University of Waterloo and owns a practice in Hamilton Ontario. She currently lives in Cambridge, Ontario.
Newsletter Editor : Marie MacDonald bio
Marie MacDonald was born and raised in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. She traces her MacNeil ancestry through her father’s side of the family tree. Marie holds a Bachelor of Journalism (Honours) degree from the University of King’s College, Halifax, NS. She is a step dancer and an avid Gaelic language learner. Marie currently lives in Toronto with her husband and two young sons.
Bard: Ian MacNeil
Directors at large: Sandra Holdsworth bio
, Robyn Mac Neill, Kim McNeil bio
Sandra Holdsworth nee MacNeil is the daughter of Neil and Roberta MacNeil who have been members of Clan MacNeil in Canada since the early 80s. Neil served as the Secretary of CMIC for over 20 years and Roberta was Treasurer and Social Convenour. Neil has traced his roots back to the Isle of Barra. In 2005 Sandra & her husband Al joined Neil & Roberta on a trip to England, Wales, Ireland & Scotland with a very special trip to The Isle of Barra.
Sandra worked in the banking industry for 30 years and currently is using her lived experience as a liver transplant recipient of 23 years and other health issues to help with research and to make improvements in our healthcare system. Sandra has been a Director for over 10 years and served one year as Secretary working to get our newsletter and membership online.
Kim McNeil, nee Patey, is a Cardiac Nurse in Kitchener On. She the spouse to CMIC Treasurer Allan McNeil. Kim is the proud mother of Bradley and Lindsay McNeil who both attend the University of Waterloo. Kim is active in the community volunteering her time in support of numerous initiatives including Operation Christmas Child and Toasty Toes. In her spare time Kim enjoys time walking the family black lab, Audie. In 2013 Kim organized the family trip to Scotland punctuated by a stay in Barra. With a plane landing on the beach and the whole of Kisimul Castle to explore on their own the time on Barra was a highpoint of the vacation.
Chaplain: Father Paul MacNeil