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Saturday, June 8, 2013
Welcome to Clarenville Newcomers!! Let’s Find the Welcome Mat and Roll it out!
From: The Packet (www.thepacket.ca) June 6, 2013
is everything. Seeing I am not
originally from Clarenville, I feel that I have a slightly different perspective
on Clarenville than people who are born and bred here – a better appreciation
for what it is to be an objective outsider looking in. After
22 years residency and being pretty involved in the community, I do sometimes feel
as if I am loosing that perspective.
This was brought home to me this week when I read Jayme Gough’s column
in the Packet “A mini United Nations in Clarenville”. In her piece she talks about the verity of people
that she has met since she moved here – not so much locals but more so people
who now live here from Greece, Italy, the United States and elsewhere in Canada
– literally from all over the world!
perspective was quite an eye-opener for me.
I suppose I knew that people had been moving in for projects like the
GBS build in Bull Arm, and I have met a
couple – but I imagine that the average person in Clarenville, me included, is not engaged with the newcomers. That’s our loss.
obvious welcoming response I have seen is at Clarenville Inn where we see the
Norwegian flag has joined the other flags in front of the hotel. I have seen no evidence that the official Town
is doing much to welcome anyone – we should and the Town of Clarenville should.
It would be
great to see community organizations reach out to newcomers and partner their
member families with newcomer families.
I’d also like
to suggest the Town add a FAQ (frequently asked questions) section to its
website, develop a welcome package and host an international event during
Clarenville Days – these are neither costly nor difficult asks and they could
provide so much opportunity for community development.
too, I’d live to see newcomers LIKE out Our Town Clarenville Page on
Facebook. The idea for that page came
out of the need for better communications – we’re trying to build on that.
With the Bull Arm site ramping up this summer to its maximum workforce of 3000, there is no time like the present to put our efforts into welcoming everyone from everywhere. Combined,
our efforts will roll out the Welcome Mat and with effort and luck, these
newcomers will soon be feeling more like me – part of the community.