January 3-20, 2013

2013 is off to a great start at the Labrador Institute!

Here is a look at what has been happening from January 3-20:

John Thistle has been in St. John's for the last few weeks working on a SSHRC Insight Development Grant application, which, if successful, will help to expand the work that he has been doing on Iron Ore mining in Labrador West. Also, while in St. John’s, John has been doing historical research at the Provincial Archives on the Upper Churchill Falls project, as part of the larger study he is doing with the Labrador Institute on the socioeconomic legacies of large scale resource development in Labrador.

January 3-20: Doreen and Beatrice completed the Labrador Institute budget update.

January 3-20:  As a result of the ergonomic assessments that took place in Happy Valley-Goose Bay last fall, most Labrador Institute employees have received ergonomic chairs and some other items that Erin Bradbury from the Department of Health and Safety, ordered for our work place.

January 7: Martha helped with the promotion of “People of a Feather” a film by biologist, Dr. Joel Heath, which was shown at the Arts Centre in Happy Valley-Goose Bay on January 10 and 11 with a very good number in attendance. This film has been shown all over the world and will be showing in Labrador West on January 29 at 7:30 pm at the Arts and Culture Centre. 

January 8: Martha attended an Interdisciplinary PhD seminar by teleconference.

January 10: Martha worked with the Labrador Film Foundation to plan film and music for the Northern Exposure Conference.

January 11: Martha met with Dr. Linda Liebenberg and Janice Ikeda of Dalhousie University to discuss a film project by Labrador youth.

January 11: Karen met with two of our BSW students who are currently doing a workterm in Labrador West. The Labrador West office of the LI and the CNA Labrador West campus will provide ongoing support with their program while in the area.

January 14: Morgon welcomed Michael Power, the new librarian at the College of the North Atlantic in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, and gave him a tour of the Labrador Institute's collections, which he will be helping to maintain.

January 15: Karen has started work on a planning committee with members of the Labrador West community and representatives from the Harris Centre, that is organizing a Regional Workshop and a Memorial Presents in Labrador West this coming March.

January 15: Nathaniel participated in an organizing committee meeting for the Canadian Society of Epidemiology and Biostatistics National Student Conference.

January 15: Nathaniel participated as a panelist at a MUN Faculty of Arts workshop on applying for CIHR scholarships and grants

January 16: Nathaniel and Martha attended the BSW Planning Committee meeting. They are busy preparing for this upcoming graduation in June.

January 17: Nathaniel attended the BSW program's cultural orientation for field instructors.

January 18: Martha gave a lecture to the CNA’s Community Studies class on research.

January 20: Diane Brown received a Queen’s Jubilee medal in recognition of her efforts with the Labrador Friendship Centre Board in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. Congratulations Diane!

And last but not least, Merline Fonkwe has accepted the Research Associate, Earth Scientist/Mineral Deposits position and will begin on March 1, 2013.  Beatrice was successful in helping Merline secure an apartment in Happy Valley-Goose Bay and also helped her with relocation details.  Welcome Merline!