Hello world! Blogging is a new concept for me. I am looking forward to the adventure as I share with you a life of rural Newfoundland. Together we have an opportunity to learn from each other, share knowledge, opinions and experiences.
A little about me…
I was born and bred in rural Newfoundland, growing up in a small fishing village on the Northern Peninsula. The fishery still remains the backbone of the economy in my hometown, but is evolving and so are the people living in our region. We struggle to continue with our strong sense of community and tradition, as the rest of the world and popular culture has become more accessible to us. Influences, such as mobilization and technology steadily advanced, enabling me to share news, jokes, yarns or stories via blog, which would typically be handled at the commons (the wharf, fishing rooms, sheds, or over a drink at the kitchen table). Although, these advancements bring new challenges to traditional means of the social commons in rural Newfoundland, there is an opportunity to share with you our messages of Live Rural Newfoundland with the wonderful world around us.
I left the region to attend post-secondary at the capital city, St. Johns. Basically, following in the footsteps of my sibling and other cousins. This was a big move, an unknown world to me. My hometown has a population of 150 people, the city and surrounding area about 150,000. That’s intense and complete culture shock! However, I adapted and enjoyed the change in lifestyle, the sheer convenience of a city. It help me build my self-confidence, become open-minded and meet an array of people to share experiences. One opportunity leads to another, if you decide to take these measures to allow for greater personal development. I spent a year studying and working in Europe, visiting many countries and living in cities with millions of people that speak different languages. This cross-cultural experiences established an understanding and built relationships I never thought could exist in a lifetime. Recently, I returned from living in Western Canada after travelling all the provinces in Canada to my home, rural Newfoundland.
I am back to the hometown and able to make valuable contributions in my current role as I strive to build Stronger Communities and accelerate the process of advancing the social & community enterprise. I have changed many times as a person as I progress through my twenties, but I realize that with the right attitude and efforts we can accomplish the unthinkable. Today my friends, I just want to share with you what it means to me to continue to Live Rural Newfoundland.