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New director appointed to Labrador Institute of Memorial University

Ref. No. 86

DATE:     Feb. 1, 2002
SUBJECT:     New director appointed to Labrador Institute of Memorial University

Dr. Tim Borlase, an educator and author, has been named the new director of the Labrador Institute of Memorial University. Dr. Borlase's appointment was approved at the regular meeting of the Board of Regents held on Jan. 31, 2002. His three-year term is effective March 1, 2002.

For the past 28 years Dr. Borlase has worked with the Labrador School Board as supervisor of instruction, curriculum co-ordinator, and program specialist. Dr. Borlase is currently a program consultant for the board. Dr. Borlase graduated in 1974 with a bachelor of arts (honours) in theatre from the University of King's College, Halifax, then earned a bachelor of education in social studies from Dalhousie University, in 1981. He was awarded a master's of education in fine arts and native education from the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education in 1980. He was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree from Memorial in May 2001. He has traveled extensively throughout the Labrador region.

"We are pleased that Dr. Borlase's knowledge and skills will be brought to bear on the directorship of the university's Labrador Institute," said Dr. Axel Meisen, president of Memorial. "He has a well-conceived vision for the institute that builds upon his achievements in the Labrador community."

"I am excited about the prospect of working collaboratively with individuals and institutions that serve education in Labrador," Dr. Borlase said of his appointment. "I think the work of the institute can be pivotal in helping Labradorians become arbiters of their own destinies. I see its work in a broad sense, advocating and promoting programs in culture, resource development and management, economic diversification, exploration in the arts, environmental monitoring -- to name a few. I would like to demystify some of the assumptions about a university education by looking at both formal and informal modes of delivery. I feel that the university should have something to offer everyone irrespective of culture or community."

Dr. Borlase conceived and has organized the Labrador Creative Arts Festival and a number of other activities and events that call upon his deep understanding and feeling for the region and its people. He has published a number of important books about Labrador including: Explorers, Whalers and Traders, Labrador: A Proud Heritage; The Labrador Inuit, and The Labrador Settler, Metis and Kablunanajuit. These works helped reform the provincial school curriculum, which had not previously recognized the Labrador region extensively.

The Labrador Institute of Northern Studies was established in the late 1970s and was renamed the Labrador Institute of Memorial University in 1997. The institute's principal aim is to provide a link between the community and the university while meeting the educational needs of the region, promoting community development, outreach services and region-specific research.


For more information, contact: Ivan Muzychka, manager, Memorial University News Service, 709-737-8665, 709-687-9433 (cell) or by e-mail at ivanm@mun.ca


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