Harbour Grace hires new stadium manager
Jennifer Janes to take on leading role for proposed new regional facility
An energetic, vibrant and passionate young woman from Carbonear has been named the new facilities manager for S W Moores Stadium in Harbour Grace.
Twenty-nine-year-old Jennifer Janes (née Bourne) formally accepted the administrative role on Monday, Nov. 18. Her tenure will begin at the current stadium on Dec. 2. The position will be a stepping-stone to running the new stadium that will be built in the town over the next two years.
She will be replacing Maureen Maher, who will return to her previous position in the food services area of the facility at the end of this year.
Jennifer’s younger sister, Stephanie, rose to prominance in the region last year by serving as manager for the 2012 NL Summers Games, which was co-hosted by the towns of Carbonear and Harbour Grace. They have two others sisters — Melissa and Amanda. Their parents are Fred and Rose Bourne.
Janes graduated from Carbonear Collegiate in 2002 and then went on to pursue an honours degree in human kinetics and recreation through the school of recreation at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She also completed a certificate in event management from New Brunswick Community College through distance education and earned a certificate in the fundamentals of project management from Memorial. She is currently working on her masters in recreation.
This past April, Janes moved back to Carbonear from Conception Bay South with her husband Adam — also originally from Carbonear — for a job with Eastern Health. She is currently working as a school health promotion liaison consultant.
The couple has always wanted to “move home,” and jumped at it when they had the chance.
“I was originally going to commute back and forth,” Janes told The Compass in a sit down interview Nov. 21.
After she got offered the job with Eastern Health, the couple knew they were staying in Carbonear.
Janes admits she has always had a passion for recreation, which has been demonstrated through her years working as a program operator and youth program assistant with the City of St. John’s, program supervisor with the Conception Bay South department of recreation and a recreation and sport consultant with the provincial government, among a long list of recreation related jobs and accomplishments.
Harbour Grace Mayor Terry Barnes said he knew Janes was the right person for the job, and is excited for her to begin her journey with the regional facility.
Many new ideas
Janes is a believer in the facility as regional complex, and wants to ensure children from all local areas can be involved in its programs. In fact, she outlined several plans she hopes to implement in the current stadium to bring over to the new facility in 2015.
“I am a strong believer in bringing the communities into this (project),” Janes explained. “I want this to work for the region and don’t want to exclude anybody.”
She wants to ensure programs and offerings that are available are not just offered because she would like to see them, but rather because the potential users have discussed with her what they believe they need.
Her first step will be a site visit to see where the current stadium stands in terms of what’s been done and what needs doing.
“I want to talk with the staff on issues they have identified,” Janes said. “And I want to meet with any stakeholders.”
She wants to hold the stadium to the same standards expected at any public location, noting first impressions are very important.
Barnes chipped in that he agrees the stadium should be clean and inviting. “The environment of the facility is important,” he explained. Finally, Janes would like to expand program options and hopefully implement some sort of after school program. But again, she said she would need the support from locals and stakeholders.
Janes said she is looking forward to the opportunity, and can’t wait to begin.
Jennifer Janes (née Bourne)