Span­ish Room man says he needs a job to come back home

Northern Pen - - Sports -

One of my favourite sto­ries from this past year was the one I wrote about Travis Hann from Span­ish Room.

Hann was work­ing lo­cal at the Kiewit Off-Shore fa­cil­ity in Cow Head on a mod­ule for the off-shore oil in­dus­try, but when that was com­plete he found him­self with only one op­por­tu­nity for em­ploy­ment and that was to go back to Al­berta.

He talks about the need for work in the prov­ince to al­low him and oth­ers who are work­ing turn-around jobs to re­turn to New­found­land, if not their home com­mu­ni­ties to gain mean­ing­ful em­ploy­ment.

This story shows that it isn’t al­ways easy for peo­ple who choose to go away to work; that although some of the po­si­tions are well paid, they don’t come with­out a cost. Many of the men and women who work in these jobs miss birth­days, an­niver­saries, first steps and first words, all in the hope of pro­vid­ing a bet­ter life for the loved ones they leave be­hind.

I felt this story gave peo­ple a bet­ter idea of what life is like for the those who have to leave the prov­ince for work.


Travis Hann with his wife Crys­tal and their two chil­dren in De­cem­ber 2017.

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