Har­bour Grace hires new sta­dium man­ager

Jen­nifer Janes to take on lead­ing role for pro­posed new re­gional fa­cil­ity

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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.

Photo by Melissa Jenk­ins

Jen­nifer Janes (née Bourne)

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