The need for more regional government thinking in Conception Bay North
I live in Harbour Grace and working in Bay Roberts. I returned home to Harbour Grace after the completion of my university education to work in a family business in 1971; a long time ago now.
The purpose of this letter is to express my view that this area of Conception Bay North needs more people to think “regionally.” One has to look no further than what was accomplished by the people in the town of Conception Bay South.
Each community that makes up that town i.e. Topsail, Kelligrews, Manuels, Seal Cove, Chamberlains, etc. have maintained their own identity yet there is only one government the “Town of Conception Bay South”. When one hears our famous folk song – the “Kelligrews Soiree”; it is not the C.B.S. Soiree. It is the “Kelligrews Soiree.”
We have a lovely regional performance center now in Carbonear. This location is now used for many performing arts shows that come to this region. Also, the swimming pool is Carbonear has a clientele of many residents of this area. It is good to see people getting more water exercise especially during the fall and winter months.
Harbour Grace is about to start to build the new ice stadium. This complex is needed to replace the S.W. Moores Memorial rink that was built in the 1950’s. A long time for such a building and it has provided good service to this whole region.
When one asks the question; Is there a building in this area that could accommodate approximately 1100 people for an event? The answer is now no.
Our provincial government has agreed to help with the initial funding for this new complex. I think, it will not be financially successful unless there can be complete “buy in” by the residence of the whole Baccalieu Trail. I would like to suggest a possible name for this new complex.
“Heroes and Leaders of the Baccalieu Trail”
From our history the names these people come to my mind:
(1) Captain Bob Bartlett, Brigus, C.B.;
(2) Mr. E.J. Pratt, Western Bay, C.B.;
(3) Mr. Silas Moores, Freshwater, Carbonear and Harbour Grace, C.B.;
(4) Mr. Maurice Quinlan, Bay Verde, C.B.;
(5) Mrs. Doris Murcell, Harbour Grace, C.B.;
(6) Ms. Amelia Earhart, U.S. citizen who flew from Harbour Grace in 1932.;
(7) Mr. E. J. Green, Winterton, T.B.;
Then the name of Cpl. Jamie Murphy, Colliers, comes to my mind. This young man gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country in Afghanistan. I would suggest that the first list of names should be from our history. One never knows where they are going, if they don’t know where they came from.
It would be my suggestion that there be a continuous annual selection for this list of “Heroes and Leaders.” These names would be added to the list each year. I would like to see a Selection Committee struck to review the various names coming forward. This selection committee would be made up of residents from communities on the Baccalieu Trail.
I would like to see these additional names added to the list of Baccalieu Trail “Heroes and Leaders” as an annual event. Each town in the region, local councils, etc. to suggest names. I would suggest the minimum of three (3) people be added to the list each year. The towns and various groups in the region could bring forward their names to the selection committee. Any person, in a local organization, in their area could be selected. I am thinking their local, sports coaches, civic organizations i.e. Guides, Cadets, local fire brigades, etc. could be added as long as the selection committee would see these people as “Heroes and Leaders”. It would be an ongoing “living list” of various names added.
This is an idea I would like to suggest.
The more that the whole region feels this new complex is a real regional facility they will be more willing to be supportive. Thank you, I remain. David Moores, Bay Roberts