The latest issue is out in mailboxes (at least in Labrador, so far. Those of you a little further afield will have to wait a few more days for it to show up.) and on retailers’ shelves!
Sorry for the bit of a delay with this issue. As you know if you read regularly, I had a serious case of pneumonia and was off work for a bit, and then the main computer bit the dust! (It was eight years old, so I’m excited to get a new one that will be nice and speedy and full of empty space!)
But we’re all back on track now, and working hard to finish the Grub cookbook before the holidays, and also the December issue. Our calendar will be out very shortly as well.
We had a very generous donation of a small shed to store some outdoor things that take up valuable space in our building. So on Sunday, we had to go and retrieve it! It was quite a process, and this sturdy little shed is heavier than it looks! But we had good help, as you can see by the slideshow. Thank you to all our volunteers who helped out!
It’s been a bit of a tough month at Them Days, with me coming down with a serious case of pneumonia (see the job ad for a hint as to why it was so serious) right at deadline and then dealing with very bad computer problems upon my return! So please excuse the lack of postings lately–there’s lots to talk about, but first, let’s get down to business!
Do you think I have an awesome job? (I’m not going to beat around the bush–I love my job, and I think it’s awesome!) Well, you can have it–but only temporarily! I’m going on maternity leave in a couple of months, so we’re looking for someone who can fill in while I’m gone.
Apply soon, or pass along the job ad to those you think might be interested!
Before I came home from University last spring, my Mom contacted me and told me to take a look at the job listings for Them Days. I wanted a new adventure and some experience in a different field so I took a look. My original plan was to try to get back into the restaurant business but it’s safe to say, I wouldn’t be as happy as I would be I am now.
I saw that Aimee had a listing up for a tour guide and social media content creator and knew it was right up my alley. Like I said in my previous blog post, I’ve always loved traveling and knowing more about where I was. I’ve never been on the other end, the one giving the information, but I thought it would be a great switch up to give someone else the excitement of learning and hearing stories about where they’re standing.
- As my job description is to be a tour guide and manage social media, I also manage to pitch in with a little bit of everything around the office and that’s what I love. Every day I learn how to do something new, skills that will benefit me in my every day life. As I’m sure there’s other jobs out there that provide this experience as well- there’s just something special about doing so with a non profit, oral history magazine that so many people love.
- The Them Days office isn’t like some other magazines out there. We don’t have a sky scraper in Times Square or a full printing center ‘in the back’. You’re working in a relatively small, mature and for lack of a better term, cute, office. The office is very cozy on those cold, rainy days but pretty easy to stay cool on those hot summer days.
- As a post secondary student, saving money is critical to surviving the school year. Sometimes in Happy Valley-Goose Bay summer jobs can be scarce- so it’s often a topic of discussion when you are home for the summer. Getting to say “I’m working with Them Days this summer” always looks and sounds really good. In the last little while I’ve realized that a lot of people in our community have a great appreciation for Them Days (considering we’ve probably written about them or their family members in one of the issues we’ve released over the years.)
- A big part of summer is to actually be able to relax, free your mind and live a little! The hours at Them Days allow you to actually have a summer. As 8:30 can be a bit of an early morning for students you still have all evenings (after 4:30), weekends and holidays! Can you stay out until 2 in the morning? Yes…Should you? Not if you want to be up for 8:30…but that’s what weekends are for! A lot of other summer students get jobs in restaurants (especially in Happy Valley-Goose Bay) and they don’t get weekends and are often times working until late in the evening! Not at Them Days though…you get time to relax and take it easy (as you should during the summer!).
- Starting with Them Days was a bit nerve wrecking as I was familiar with their reputation in this community. But I guarantee that Aimee and the other students you work with will make you feel so welcome. There’s not a day (even on really bad days) that I don’t manage to crack a smile and have a laugh. Of course the work is taken very seriously and things must be done, however, short breaks are taken daily and sometimes the conversations we have during our small breaks has us all ‘head in-knees’ and tears running down our faces from laughter. (Believe me, it’s happened more than once).
To say the least, the last 12 weeks have flown by in the blink of an eye. It felt like yesterday I was walking into the office for the very first time and reading everything on the walls as we watched the ‘first day movies’.
I’m sad to say, but this will be my last blog post and I have to say that I really have enjoyed writing every week. It’s been a great way for me to get my work thoughts out onto the web to people who enjoy reading it. I’m heading back to St. John’s next week which is bound to be a very busy week with work and at home.
Thanks for reading my entries! Maybe you’ll see me in the near future.
Last week, a Them Days summer student alumni came back to lend us an extra hand! Sandra Hollett who just finished a year of studying Japanese abroad in Osaka, Japan returned to Them Days to help us finish the summer strong. As we are preparing a new issue to be sent off to the printers, tours are taking off and archives are needing some attention- we contacted Sandra for some help.
For the next month, Sandra hopes to transcribe until she can’t transcribe anymore, do a few tours after I leave next week and learn how to make a grass basket (any teachers out there?)
Yesterday, Sandra and I tackled two very interesting tours! Our first tour of the morning was with Stephen Burnett and his wife, Helene from Franklin and Frobisher tours. Our second tour was with a group of 7 people from Ontario and BC who were on weather hold while heading up to the Torngat Mountains to do some sight seeing. Both groups were so much fun and were eager to take pictures and a lot ask questions. We even took Stephen and Helene into Slippers n’ Things for a look around.
This is unfortunately one of my last blog posts for this summer, but keep an eye out early next week for the Grand Finale!
Time is starting to get a little bit short for me here at Them Days and if it goes by as fast as the rest of the summer has, it’s a good thing that I’m writing this now. Just a day over 3 weeks left! It’s really going to suck to have to say good bye to Aimee, Abby, Brianna and the office before the summer is actually over but I’m heading out to St. John’s for surgery (in which the recovery process will bring me right on up to the start of school).
The past 10 weeks here have been nothing short of rewarding. In the first week here alone, I learned more about Happy Valley-Goose Bay’s history than I did in 13 years of school. Learning about where I am has always been important to me. I’ve always been the one to Google every hotel I’m staying in and everywhere I’ll be visiting. Traveling around, I’ve always been the tourist to ask the Tour Guide an alarming amount of questions and It really surprises me that I haven’t asked more about Happy Valley-Goose Bay in the nearly 18 years that I’ve lived here. Every day that I come into this office I manage to learn something new. For example; I had NO clue that there were 11 atom bombs stored in the woods of Goose Bay…I had NO clue that the Broomfields, Perraults and Saunders were the first families of Happy Valley (Before, they were just really popular last names)… I had NO clue that El Grecos, before it was my favorite pizza place, was a taxi stand… I had NO clue that I would ever take getting a review on Trip Advisor so intensely…or that Twitter could be actually interesting…or that ARC-ANLA was such a massive thing (let alone a thing to begin with).
When I tell people “I’m working with Them Days this summer” it’s always a- “Oh and what do you do there?” and when I say “I’m a tour guide!” It’s always “Tour Guide? What? There’s tours here?” and my response is usually “You haven’t seen 1 one the 250 flyers floating around this town??” followed by plugging the tours until I cannot plug anymore. But when I tell people “I’m working with Them Days this summer”- I take good pride in it. Growing up, I’ve always known what Them Days was and would go through it, looking at the old photos while at the co-op with my mother or while at my parent’s friends’ houses. But one thing I have a brand new appreciation for is the effort that it takes to put together just one of these magazines. So much hard work goes into photo finding and identification, interviewing and transcribing, finding what actually fits in the magazine and what doesn’t, and even thinking of an issue to start in the first place. It’s needless to say that I’ve found a whole new level of respect for Them Days and how hard everyone is willing to work around here to get it done (and always on time at that).
This is a whole new job experience for me. Before I’ve only ever worked in a restaurant and in retail and never had the opportunity to get out, explore and share knowledge with other people. I’m really starting to think that this is my calling, ‘my jam’ if you will.
As I head back to St. John’s for another school year, I’m going to be attending the Tourism and Hospitality Management Program with the College of the North Atlantic. Working with Them Days has helped me realize that exploring the world around me, learning about its people and sharing my knowledge with others is what I exactly want to do with my life. Before- my interest was in nursing and I refused to accept the fact that I wanted to do anything else…but on the second day of this job, Shirley and Aimee sent me to a Tourism and Hospitality workshop with WorldHost and that’s when it clicked. I was won over. This is what I want to do. So shout out to Them Days for solving my teenage identity crisis and sending me in the right direction.
I know this was a sappy post, but a boy needs to let it out sometimes! I’ll be back with our regular programmed, humorous blog post next week!