Monthly Archives: February 2015

Too Excited to Sleep!

Yes, it’s five minutes past midnight and I’m posting on my work blog! I can’t sleep because I have a gazillion thoughts running through my head, things I don’t want to forget before I go to the airport tomorrow morning, etc. You see, I’m travelling to St. John’s (and surrounding area) first thing in the morning! This is my big trip for our upcoming special issue on the Labrador Fishery. I’m going to be doing research in other archives (this is a first for me in the seven years I’ve been working at Them Days) and interviewing people about their experiences fishing in Labrador. (Or their parents’, etc.) Ahhh!!

If you know of anybody who has a story to tell out on the Island (particularly Conception Bay North or Trinity Bay areas because I have people lined up out there already), please let me know!! I would love to talk to them!

Aimee

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Marketing Meeting…

Our lunchtime feast...yum yum yum!

Our lunchtime feast…yum yum yum!

I don’t usually post about our committee meetings and all that, but I had to today…because THIS is what greeted us at lunchtime. A catered meal at our meeting! (Made by our treasurer, Jennifer, and her mother, Donna.)

We’re getting ready for our 40th anniversary year…and today we discussed the groundwork for what should be a very exciting year! I’m not going to share what we talked about just yet…but soon!!!

Aimee

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Them Days is Breastfeeding Friendly!

We always have been, but now it’s just official with a sticker. 🙂

Beatrix affixes the decal to the window.

Beatrix affixes the decal to the window.

This week, we received our Babyfriendly NL Breastfeeding Friendly toolkit, which included this decal to stick on the door. Many children (including Beatrix…actually, probably especially Beatrix, haha) have been nourished by breastfeeding in this office, so we were always okay with it, but now we have a sticker on the door just so everyone knows! If you’re breastfeeding and you happen to be in our office, you’re welcome to do it here!

Aimee

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GAFTTIC Foundation Donation

Last night, I went to the presentation of five cheques to organizations in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, and I was happy to receive a donation on behalf of Them Days. The money is from the GAFTTIC Foundation–GAFTTIC stands for “German Air Force Technical Training In Canada”–and it was money fund-raised by members of the German military when they trained here in Goose Bay. The Germans were here from the 1980s until 2006, and when they left, the soldiers wanted to leave a legacy to commemorate their time here. So one of the ways they did that (besides that fancy table at Maxwell’s) was to collect a large pot of money that gets distributed annually to various charitable organizations in the area. For the last few years, we have received our cheques with little fanfare, but this year, there was a bit of a celebration again. You see, some members of the German military are in town again doing winter survival training (they sure picked the right time of year for it!) and the Defence AttachĂ© from the German Embassy in Ottawa was in town to visit them. So I went down and had tea and cookies (yum) with the other local representatives, the German delegates and the GAFTTIC representatives.

They gave cheques to Them Days, Kids Eat Smart, the Perrault Place Community Centre brown bag lunch program, the Lake Melville Ministerial Association, and Libra House.

Receiving the donation from Lieutenant Colonel Ralf Heimrich, accountant Gary Parsons of Grant Thornton, and GAFTTIC representative Hans Lindner.

Receiving the donation from Defence Attaché Lieutenant Colonel Ralf Heimrich, accountant Gary Parsons of Grant Thornton, and Hans Lindner of the GAFTTIC Foundation.

Back row: Batten Broomfield of the Perrault Place brown bag lunch program, Paula Dawe of Kids Eat Smart, Lieutenant Colonel Ralf Heimrich, Gary Parsons of Grant Thornton, Alan Mills (the new Padre on Base), Hans Lindner. Front: Sandra Earle of the Perrault Place brown bag lunch program, Glenna Tasedon of the Ministerial Association of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, and me (Aimee).

Back row: Batten Broomfield of the Perrault Place brown bag lunch program, Paula Dawe of Kids Eat Smart, Lieutenant Colonel Ralf Heimrich of the German Embassy in Ottawa, Gary Parsons of Grant Thornton, Base Padre Alan Mills, Hans Lindner of GAFTTIC. Front: Sandra Earle of the Perrault Place brown bag lunch program, Glenna Tasedon of the Ministerial Association of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, and me (Aimee) from Them Days, of course!

The GAFTTIC money will likely run out in a few years, but it’s amazing that the money raised almost ten years ago is still making a lasting impression on the community organizations. Here at Them Days, we are very appreciative and thankful for these donations, and I know the others are as well. Vielen Dank, GAFTTIC!

(On a personal note, it was lot of fun to discuss German fuĂźball with people who like it just as much as I do! Loyal readers may know that I’m a big fan of the die Nationalmannschaft [soccer and film were two of the main reasons I studied German in university], and I had a lot of fun chatting about the men’s and women’s teams, as well as a bit about the Bundesliga!)

Aimee

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