Raymond Blake, BA(Ed.)'79, BA(Hons.)'80

Baskanderi, AatifI was born in Pushthrough and resettled to Hermitage where I completed my high school education before heading to Memorial University. After teaching high school for several years in St. Anthony, I returned to university and completed graduate studies at York University in Toronto. I have taught at several universities in Canada, including Mount Allison University in Sackville, NB, and have held visiting professorships at several universities in Europe, most notably at University College Dublin where I was the Craig Dobbin Chair of Canadian Studies. I am now professor of history at the University of Regina. I remain very much interested in Newfoundland and in Memorial University. My research brings me regularly to Memorial and many of my publications have focussed on Canadian and Newfoundland history. I have published and edited nearly 20 books -- one of the most recent is my award-winning Lions or Jellyfish: Newfoundland-Ottawa Relations since 1957 which examines the often troubled relationship between the Canadian government and the government of Newfoundland and Labrador. Memorial is one of the most important institutions in the province and its success is critical to the economic and social well-being of the province.I will bring considerable experience and insight to the Board of Regents. I have been involved in community and professional organizations throughout my career, with a range of experience that includes being chair of the St. Anthony Public Library to being President of the Saskatchewan Rowing Association to executive member of the Association for Canadian Studies.

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