His­tory made in Har­bour Grace

Ash­ley (Rose) Janes first fe­male to be named town’s chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY MELISSA JENK­INS

Only a month af­ter the Town of Har­bour Grace named a woman as its new fa­cil­i­ties man­ager for the SW Moores Me­mo­rial Sta­dium, a woman has also been named the town’s new chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer.

Ash­ley (Rose) Janes of Har­bour Grace ac­cepted the town man­ager po­si­tion last week, two months af­ter the po­si­tion was va­cated by long­time man­ager Lester For­ward. For­ward had held the po­si­tion for more than three decades prior to re­tir­ing on Nov. 1.

A na­tive of Har­bour Grace, Ash­ley grad­u­ated from Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate in 2001, Me­mo­rial Univer­sity in 2005 with a Bach­e­lor in Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion and re­turned to Har­bour Grace in 2011 with her hus­band — Aaron Janes of Car­bon­ear — and their young son Nathan.

“We wanted to have our child grow up here,” Ash­ley told The Com- pass dur­ing a meet­ing Jan. 2.

Prior to mov­ing back to Har­bour Grace to work as a fi­nan­cial as­sess­ment of­fi­cer for East­ern Health, she spent six years as an ac­count man­ager at Royal Bank of Canada in Holy­rood.

New be­gin­ning

Har­bour Grace Mayor Terry Barnes told The Com­pass Dec. 31 that he is ex­cited for Ash­ley to be­gin her new po­si­tion, and be­lieves her ex­pe­ri­ence and knowl­edge will make her an ex­cel­lent ad­di­tion to the town.

“We are ex­cited to have some­one with her knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence join­ing our team,” Barnes said.

The town hired AEM Hu­man Re­sources — an in­de­pen­dent firm from Mount Pearl — to in­ter­view can­di­dates for the po­si­tion. Ash­ley was the top se­lec­tion.

Ash­ley will be­gin her new po­si­tion at the town of­fice on Wa­ter Street on Jan. 13, at which time she hopes to be­gin an open re­la­tion­ship with the town’s res­i­dents.

“I am go­ing to do the best job I pos­si­bly can and en­sure I am avail­able for res­i­dents,” Ash­ley ex­plained. “I’m con­fi­dent in the (town) staff and hope I can draw from their ex­pe­ri­ence.”

The town’s bud­get, which should be re­leased in the com­ing weeks, has been pro­gress­ing since De­cem­ber un­der the watch­ful eyes of For­ward and Coun. Kathy Tet­ford, the chair­man of the fi­nance com­mit­tee.

The bud­get is one part of the job Ash­ley will work on next year, but for this year, she will be­gin the job with a “clean slate.”

One of her top pri­or­i­ties in her po­si­tion is to en­sure clear com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the town.

“My main rea­son ( for ap­ply­ing for the job) was to give back to the im­me­di­ate com­mu­nity,” Ash­ley ex­plained. “I want to show there’s op­por­tu­nity here for young fam­i­lies, and that it’s a place for peo­ple to show­case their skills.”

Ash­ley is “ec­static” to be­gin her new po­si­tion, and en­cour­ages res­i­dents of Har­bour Grace to sub­mit feed­back, ques­tions or con­cerns to the town so she can do the best she can to help with a res­o­lu­tion.

Fi­nan­cial woes at the SW Moores Me­mo­rial Sta­dium should not be a con­cern for 2014, said Barnes.

While go­ing through the fi­nan­cials of the sta­dium, town of­fi­cials dis­cov­ered the sta­dium owed $50,000 in taxes and fees.

The town coun­cil jumped to the aid of the sta­dium and paid the fees. But Barnes ex­plained con­fi­dence in the sta­dium is at an all-time high.

“Jen­nifer ( Janes) has done a lot al­ready in her po­si­tion,” he said. “And I have all the con­fi­dence in the world that she will help this sta­dium make money this year.”

Jen­nifer has been in the po­si­tion just over a month, but is al­ready im­ple­ment­ing some new ideas for the fa­cil­ity, such as a Face­book page. But she does ad­mit it will take time to get things on track.

“It’s not go­ing to hap­pen overnight,” she said. “Right now we are work­ing on set­ting the ground­work for what we would like to see in the (new) re­gional fa­cil­ity.”

Jen­nifer de­scribed some ideas she hopes to fol­low through with, fo­cus­ing on what will hap­pen with the build­ing when the skat­ing sea­son ends.

“I’m hop­ing to be­gin pro­gram­ming ( for chil­dren) when the ice comes up,” she said. “But we need the re­sources to do that.”

The re­sources she said are needed in­clude work­ers, vol­un­teers, fund­ing and grants, but she is con­fi­dent that th­ese pro­grams will have no prob­lem get­ting off the ground and bring­ing traf­fic into the sta­dium.

Civic events recog­ni­tion

The civic events com­mit­tee in Har­bour Grace ran many suc­cess­ful or­ga­nized events this year.

The group helped spon­sored seven fam­i­lies in the town for Christ­mas with $100 and $150 gro­cery gift cer­tifi­cates.

There were also 24 cold plates sup­plied to se­niors on the south side, and a hot tur­key din­ner pro­vided to some 40 se­niors at the fire hall in mid-De­cem­ber.

Civic events raises their own funds and pays for each event they put off, in­clud­ing this year’s sparkle pa­rade, which saw some $1,800 in fire­works set off in Me­mo­rial Park on Jan. 1 by the lo­cal fire brigade.

Dozens of chil­dren and their fam­i­lies marched from the post of­fice to the park with sparklers in hand in the freez­ing tem­per­a­tures.

There were hot­dogs and hot choco­late for par­tic­i­pants at the fire hall to warm up af­ter.

All sup­plies were pro­vided by the com­mit­tee, and Mayor Barnes said he was happy the town has such ded­i­cated vol­un­teers and thanked them for their hard work each and ev­ery year.

Snow Clear­ing

Barnes also ex­plained he was pleased with snow clear­ing op­er­a­tions so far in the town this sea­son.

“(Op­er­a­tors) were on the roads early Christ­mas morn­ing en­sur­ing they were clear,” he said. “And if there is an is­sue, res­i­dents can con­tact me or the town of­fice.”

Al­though the snow clear­ing op­er­a­tions have been more fre­quent this year, Barnes as­sures res­i­dents it is not caus­ing the town to bor­row money or cre­at­ing debt.

“I am avail­able if any­one needs me for snow or any other is­sue. I will al­ways re­turn a call.”

Photo by Melissa Jenk­ins/The Com­pass

Ash­ley (Rose) Janes has been named the new chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer of her home­town of Har­bour Grace.

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