Memorial University of Newfoundland Publication
Priscilla Renouf, Canada Research Chair in North Atlantic Archaeology
in the Department of Anthropology, will serve as chair of the
board of The Rooms for a three-year term.
|Faculty and students
from Memorial University are well represented on the new board
of directors for The Rooms.
The 18 appointments to the board announced by Julie Bettney,
Minister of Tourism, Culture and Recreation, include Dr. Priscilla
Renouf, Canada Research Chair in North Atlantic Archaeology
in the Department of Anthropology, who will serve as chair of
the board for a three-year term; Dr. Ronald Rompkey, a University
Research Professor in the Department of English; Sadie Parsons,
a student in the Business Administration program; and Colin
Furlong, a theatre student at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College in
Corner Brook. All will sit for two or three-year terms.
The other board members are Rex Anthony, Stan Hill, Bobbie Redpath,
Tom Foran, Seamus O’Regan, Shawn O’Hagen, Bill O’Driscoll,
Michelle Baikie, Gary Newell, Gerlinde Van Driel, Steven Knudsen,
Maxine Stanley, Doreen Hart and Heather MacLellan.
“The board of directors have embarked on an exciting undertaking
as The Rooms Corporation will play an important role in preserving,
presenting and developing Newfoundland and Labrador’s
culture and heritage,” said Ms. Bettney. “An enormous
task lies ahead as the opening of The Rooms quickly approaches
in June 2004.”
The Rooms is a dynamic institution that profiles the art, artefacts
and archival materials of the natural environment, contemporary
peoples and ancient cultures of Newfoundland and Labrador. The
Rooms will open in June 2004 and provide residents with access
to their own and others culture and heritage.
Dr. Priscilla Renouf has been active in the heritage community
of the province for over 25 years. She is a past board member
of the Canadian Museum of Civilization and was instrumental
in developing that museum’s first strategic plan. Dr.
Renouf is passionate about the arts and heritage of Newfoundland
and Labrador and has played a pivotal role in the development
of Port aux Choix National Historic Site. She currently serves
on the board of directors for the Historic Sites Association
of Newfoundland and Labrador and is the chair of the Newfoundland
Archaeological Heritage Outreach Program.
Dr. Ronald Rompkey is a strong supporter of the arts in the
province who is a past chair of the Newfoundland and Labrador
Arts Council, a member of the board for CultureNet, Inc., and
the Canadian Conference of the Arts. He is currently serving
as co-président of Société 2004 and he
also serves on The Rooms advisory committee for the Provincial
Archives of Newfoundland and Labrador and the board for the
Cultural Human Resources Council.
Sadie Parsons has been a board member with the Association of
Cultural Industries, the Grand Bank Heritage Society and the
Burin Peninsula Community Futures. She has also held positions
with the Grand Bank Heritage Society, the Grand Bank Town Council
and was a coordinator for the Town of Grand Bank Tricentennial
and Come Home Year events.
Colin Furlong has acted in a number of theatre productions including
Trojan Women, Annie Get Your Gun and Fame.
He has also worked as a tour guide/interpreter at Commissariat
House, a provincial historic site. Mr. Furlong would like to
become a fine arts teacher in a high school once he has graduated
For information on the other board members, see www.gov.nf.ca/releases/2003/tcr/0912n05.htm.