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Bradley, The Summer Student with a lot to say- signing off

Time is getting short for my time here at Them Days once again. I have no regrets in coming home this summer and joining Them Days’ little team for the second summer in a row. This will probably be my last summer with Them Days but I will definitely be back- even just to visit from time to time.

I was expecting this summer to be similar to last- archival work, walking tours and research requests. Which, don’t get me wrong, was a great thing to do and came with its benefits. However, I feel that this summer I was able to fully immerse myself into the magazine and dive deeper into Labrador Culture. This summer I conducted a little bit of my own research, made and designed my own Snapchat GeoFilter in Photoshop for Aboriginal Day, attended a Healthy Waters Labrador event where I got to talk to, interact and interview some elders and people who previously resided on Birch Island, and my biggest and definitely most tedious task was creating the 2018 Calendar from the bare foundation. Making the calendar was very fun but also very stressful at some points. I firmly believe that I can now put “Proficient in Adobe InDesign” on my resume. With the creation of the calendar, I was able to look at a lot of different photos of Labrador life and learn a lot of its history through choosing special dates and/or holidays to go in the calendar. I’m beyond excited to see the finished product and to have it in your home just as much as mine!

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I became an avid coffee drinker this summer. (Thanks Janice)

As most things I do with Them Days are an incredible experience- I think my favourite one to date is spending hours in the depths of the Them Days Tape Collection. For a reason that I’m not allowed to share with our audience yet, I’ve had the pleasure of listening to countless amounts of interviews. My fondest memories are going to be spending rainy days in our cozy office listening to the relaxing sound of Doris Saunders and Aimee talk to different people from all over Labrador and throughout Canada. All the way from British Columbia to Labrador. I also managed to go and find a few of my own interviews and take a quick listen and do a bit of reminiscing. The sound of “This is Bradley Baker and I’m here with…” just has prideful ring to it in my brain. I don’t know if it’s because of my actual voice or if I’m just very proud of being a part of such an important attribute to Labrador’s history…probably both.

I’ve very much enjoyed my time in Happy Valley-Goose Bay this summer. I’ve made some new friends and reconnected with old ones and have had an exciting time creating some new memories. But, sadly, all good things must come to an end. At the end of next week I’m flying back to St. John’s to continue my studies. Saying hello again to the city life is always exciting but I know I’ll be counting down the days until I can get back to my little town come Christmas time.

If you’re a St. John’s (and vicinity) reader and would like to contribute to Them Days, despite having an extremely busy semester coming up, I’m planning on checking my Them Days email weekly. If you have a story to tell or are wondering where to donate to the archive, just shoot me an email at Bradleybaker@themdays.com. So, thank you to the readers of this blog who enjoyed my content over the last two summers! It’s been fun interacting with everyone.

PS: Aimee, if you’re reading this, I stole your desk for the summer- love the comfy set up.

-Bradley Baker

 

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Meet Megan!

Hi everyone! Megan Harrington here and ready for a fun summer at Them Days Magazine! I just finished my 5th year at Memorial University as a Music Education student and I am looking forward to my final year in September. I am also doing a minor in Folklore, so when I found out I was going to be able to work at Them Days for the summer, I was beyond excited! My mom and I packed up the car and drove to Goose Bay all the way from Carbonear, Newfoundland so I can spend the summer with you guys!

I am a little late getting into this blog as I have already punched a great first week at the office! So far, I have been on a road trip to North West River with Janice and Bradley, participated in the Aboriginal Day Celebrations at the College of the North Atlantic on June 21, and enjoyed a weekend in my hometown of Labrador West for the Spirit of Labrador Celebrations!

On Friday, June 23 in Labrador West, I had the opportunity to join Janice in four very interesting interviews at the Gateway with Joan Stamp, Thomas Riggs, and Caroline Dobbin, as well as Gordon Parsons in his own home! We gathered information about both Labrador City and Wabush from a woman and a man’s perspective, what it was like being a female teacher in Labrador West, and insight on owning and working for a local newspaper! The following day, Saturday, June 24 was the Spirit of Labrador Celebrations at the Wabush Arena! Janice and I got up early and started setting up our booth at 9:00am as the event ran from 10:00-4:00. Our booth was very similar to our booth at the Aboriginal Day Celebrations, with clothes from earlier times and our snapchat filter that puts you on the cover of Them Days Magazine! I took lots of awesome pictures throughout the day and they are now posted on our Facebook page, so don’t forget to check it out!! We also had some Them Days books and post cards for sale and held a prize draw for a gift bag of Them Days Magazines (Congrats to our winner)!

It has been a busy, yet great first week, and I look forward to more exciting adventures with you guys this summer! 7 more weeks to go!!

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North West River and Snapchat GeoFilters- These are a few of my favourite things!

Yesterday was a dreary day…so we made a trip to North West River! We spent all morning in the office, Janice grabbed her keys, we piled in the vehicle and hit the road.

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Megan watching a Labrador Camp Fire Scene!

Upon arriving in North West River, we were greeted by Ernie Mclean at the Hudsons Bay Museum. This was Megan’s second time (ever) in North West River and was pretty excited to be returning. We spent a lot of time pressing the buttons of the interactive section of the museum. Ernie gave us a mini tour, told us stories about Myna Hubbard and the early days of North West River. The purpose of our trip was to grab a few (a lot of) costumes for Aboriginal Day and for the ladies’ trip to Labrador west this coming weekend!

For the 20th Aboriginal Day, we did something special- we made a Snapchat filter! For those of you who don’t know what Snapchat is: it’s a photo sharing app available on iPhone, Android and Blackberry. The app distributes photos to your other snapping friends in the form of 10 second long snaps or 24 hour long “Stories”. Within these snaps you are able to apply something called a “Filter” which, in our case, is the outline of our magazine cover. So when someone takes a photo of them

and their friends in our costumes or with their Innu Donuts, they temporarily become the next cover of Them Days Aboriginal Day 2017 Issue! All photos are able to be saved to your camera roll by pressing the “Download” button in the bottom left corner on your snap- and we want to see them! Send them to us on twitter, facebook and instagram by using the hashtag #ThemDays2017. The filter goes live at The College of the North Atlantic (and surrounding areas) at 4:00PM on June 21st 2017.  We’re excited to see your snaps!

Well folks, that’s another entry from me. If you see us at Aboriginal Day here in Happy Valley or over in Labrador City for Spirit of Labrador- come say hello! We’d be happy to assist you with your snapping, show you some photos and get yous dressed up ri’ cute.

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I’m Back!

Hello Everyone!
If you’ve read any blog entries from last summer, you know exactly who I am: the crazy summer student with a lot to say…and I’m back! I just completed a year of Tourism and Hospitality studies at the College of the North Atlantic in St. John’s. I’ve had a great, and extremely educational year. Originally, I had no plans of coming back to Happy Valley-Goose Bay for the summer…but here I am…back for the summer. As soon as I found out that Them Days was hiring I couldn’t resist myself. I contacted Aimee, who contacted Janice and here I am. It’s needless to say that I’m happy to be back.

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Bradley, the very excited summer student with a lot to say, is back with Them Days!

When coming into Them Days this morning I was greeted by Janice followed by the warmest of hugs from Shirley. It feels like I haven’t left. As I do miss Anna, Abby, Brianna and Aimee, I’m certain that it’s going to be a very eventful, progressive and fun summer with Janice, Shirley and the other summer student who is joining us next week. We’ve already discussed how much is going to be happening in the next 8 weeks and we definitely have our work cut out for us!

I’m planning to be able to write weekly about announcements, progress updates and events that are going on with Them Days and in the community. Today, I’m starting out the summer by attending Expo Labrador. If you see this update before then- come and say hello!

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Why I’d recommend working for Them Days for The Summer

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.)
  4. 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!).
  5. 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.

-Bradley

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Welcome back, Sandra!

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.image1

This is unfortunately one of my last blog posts for this summer, but keep an eye out early next week for the Grand Finale!

-Bradley

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My (insert positive adjective here) Summer with Them Days

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).

FullSizeRenderThis 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!

-Bradley

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