Don’t forget – the Them Days AGM will be held soon! It will be Wednesday evening at 7:00pm at the College of the North Atlantic, Rm. 106. There’s a bit of an update to the previous AGM announcement…one of our board members will be leaving the board earlier than planned, since she is moving out of town. So in addition to the other positions (Vice-Chair, Secretary and 3 two-year at-large directors), there will be a one-year at-large director term up for election. I hope to see you out there!!
Click here to see our AGM poster (pdf).
So remember when I was talking about the warm weather last week, and how everything was melting? Well, not so much anymore. It snowed all weekend and it’s continued today. It’s heavy, wet, spring snow too. I’m glad I’ve got nice, warm, dry “unemployment boots”! You can see the difference between last Monday and today below:
Last Monday, when everything was melting.
Today, when it's snowing again. It was actually colder and snowing more heavily in the morning when I came to work, so this scene looked more wintery before.
P.S. Oh yeah, for those of you in the HV-GB area who need to renew your passport (like me!!), Sampson Photo is holding a “Passports for Produce” event in support of the Food Bank at the Friendship Centre. So on April 2, head down to the Friendship Centre from 10-4 and bring along some non-perishable food (~$20 worth suggested) and get your photo taken! It’s always good to have a current passport…hey, you never know when you’ll want to leave the country on a whim! 🙂
It seems as though everyone in Labrador is taking a moment today to remember a prominent Labradorian who passed away this morning. James Andersen was known by everyone as “Uncle Jim”, whether you were related to him or just meeting him for the first time. I was one of those ones who called him that because he really was my uncle–my great-great-uncle.
Uncle Jim was the last of his family from that generation. Uncle Edward passed away in 1988, my great-grandmother Bridget passed away in 1997, and Aunt Inga passed away just last year. Three of them made it into their 90s, and Uncle Edward likewise lived a long life, just short of 80 years old.
There is a lot to be said about Uncle Jim and what he did, whether it relates to photography, music, the church, Makkovik, or running a business with Aunt Susie. I can’t sum it all up here; he filled his 90+ years very well. But I will share a memory with you. When I was in Makkovik a couple of years ago, I stopped by for a visit. We got to talking about photos, and he wanted to find a certain photo to show me. I can’t remember exactly what it was that we were looking for–probably a photo of another family member–but when he handed me a stack of photos to go through, one of the first that I flipped to was a photo of me, my brother and my dad in the Goose Bay airport when I was probably about 12 or 13! I didn’t remember it at all, but Uncle Jim certainly did. He was able to tell me exactly where he was going, and why we were at the airport too, and how surprised he was to run into us. He had an amazing memory, and was always willing to share his memories. He left me with so many nuggets of information about my family members that I hadn’t heard from anyone else.
I will miss our phone calls, Uncle Jim, and I will miss you very much.
Uncle Jim & Me
It’s a gorgeous spring day here in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. It’s +1°C (according to The Weather Network) with a windchill of -4, and the sun is bright! If you stand in the sun, you’d think it were much warmer out, since it’s now very strong! The snow on the roads is melting, and there are giant puddles everywhere. Oh yes, spring has sprung in this part of Labrador. (Mind you, it was -16 with a windchill of -23 when we started work this morning, but the sunny days are really getting warmer!)
Melanie and I have been keeping very busy with all sort of reports and grant applications and things like that. This is the time of year when all that stuff is due, since summer is around the corner (time to think about summer students!) and governments are doing their fiscal end of the year sorts of things. That sounds really boring, but it’s very important, because it’s the sort of thing that keeps non-profit organizations like Them Days going.
Don’t forget about our AGM on March 30 at 7pm in Rm 106 of the College of the North Atlantic, and don’t forget about Spring Cleaning on April 15-16 at our office, either! If this weather hasn’t gotten you thinking about spring cleaning, I don’t know what will! (I was inspired to clean the washroom and organize my filing cabinet at home over the weekend.)
Last Thursday, the provincial pre-budget consultations were in town. I made a speech there on behalf of Them Days, urging for more funding for Them Days and other heritage organizations. It was really interesting to hear what all the other speakers there had to say and what sorts of other things people would like to see in the provincial budget. Finance Minister Tom Marshall was there, and he gave a presentation too, about the provincial budget, and what proportion is spent on this and that, etc. I have to say, I found it really interesting and it got me thinking about budgets in general. Coming up with a budget for the province would be such a huge task! Can you imagine coming up with one for a bigger province, or for the country? (And Canada is fairly small, in terms of population size.) I like making budgets and things like that, but on a much smaller scale!
Anyway, at the end of the night, I gave Minister Marshall a copy of the new issue of Them Days. I forgot to get a picture, but then somebody reminded me, and lo and behold, I had a camera in my pocket! So I snagged him just as everyone was leaving and got a photo, so that’s why we’re in our coats in the Friendship Centre lobby.
Giving Minister Marshall some reading for his travels!
I hope he enjoyed all the stories of the old ways and early days of Labrador!
Today marks Them Days’ 36th anniversary. No big celebrations to report, but I couldn’t let the day go by without a blog entry to at least note it!
Do you think the magazines are celebrating at night, like little elves having a party? I’m picturing like the Cobbler and the Elves, that old fairy tale. Well, except the elves were working, not partying, but you get the idea.
Do you think they have a party at night without us?
On a more serious note though, do you think that when Them Days started on March 15, 1975, that the people involved knew we’d still be here today, going strong and still publishing? I mean, I’m sure they hoped it was the case, but the early years were fraught with hard times and uncertainty. Thankfully we’re past that, but I still have a hard time imagining what we’re going to be like in 36 years! Maybe we’ll be super fancy and have a big endowment and have a staff of more than two! (But still keeping with our down-to-earth Labrador style, of course.) A girl can dream, can’t she?
Here’s to another 36 years, Them Days!
If you’ve picked up Issue 35.1, you’ll have noticed an ad on page 3 about our Spring Cleaning Event. It’s an event (to be held April 15-16) to publicize the archive and solicit donations for it. Physical donations, that is, like old journals, ledgers, letters, photos, recordings, etc.
We have such a nice archive now, and compared to our old one, there is so much space! Whereas the old archive was cramped and shelves were so full they were sagging, we now have EMPTY SPACE! It’s amazing! We have empty filing cabinets!! They’re just waiting to be filled with all sorts of Labrador goodness.
We can’t take absolutely everything, though–it needs to fall within our Acquisitions Policy. For example, it needs to be suitable for an archive, related to Labrador, and in relatively good condition. We can’t take things that are mouldy and would contaminate all our other holdings, for example. (If you have something that would be great but is in bad condition, contact us and we’ll see what can be done.)
For more information, click the image below:
Yes, it’s true – Issue 35.1 is out in the world! They’re now all delivered to the local retailers, and I know people at both Stations B & C in Happy Valley-Goose Bay have received their copy of Them Days in the mail.
So now that it’s officially out, we also have it for sale on our secure online shopping site.
I hope you enjoy the magazine! So far, the people I’ve heard from seem to really like it, but I’ve only heard from biased sources yet. 🙂