Thursday, October 31, 2013

Santa Claus Parade is Coming to Clarenville - Be a part of 50 years of Lion traditions!

After 50 years as a Club, the Clarenville Lion's Club has many traditions that have contributed to making Clarenville what it is today.  One of these traditions is the annual Lions Santa Claus Parade.     

If you're new to Clarenville, a lifelong resident, or a kid or a kid at heart,  you should never miss out on the opportunity to take part in the annual Lion's Santa Claus Parade. This year's parade will be held on Saturday Dec. 7th. 2013. 2013 marks the 50th year for the Lions Club and they are looking forward to making this parade the best ever. To take part please contact Ches Stanford at 466-2520 or Roy Fisher at 466-2514.

Through the dedicated efforts of many volunteers in the Lions Club and participating organizations the parade creates a new set of memories each year.  

You have a month to think about how you can be a part of the parade, build a float, or be a Mummer in it - try it - be a part of  50 years of traditions!

 I've included some notable parades from years past below as well.  

The 2012 Edition

  The 2011 Edition

The 2010 Edition

The 2009 Edition

The 2002 Edition

The 2001 Edition

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

More Awards for Water Based Engineering at Clarenville High

Clarenville High school's award winning Robotics team has added boat building and driving to their repertoire of engineered capabilities. Despite this is the first year CHS has taken part in the competition, the 8 student team rocketed their way through the zig-zag course at Memorial University's Marine Institute with their winning entrant - the E.S. Minno (Electric Ship!)

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Swearing in of the New Clarenville Town Council

On October 8, 2013 Clarenville's new Town Council was sworn in at a public ceremony held in the Clarenville Events Centre.  Outgoing mayor Fred Best officiated the event.  Please click the video to start.

Council Sub-Committees

Community Development and Communications

Finance and Administration

Public Works


Helicopter Clarenville

Ever wonder what Clarenville looks like from the air? Here's a bird's-eye-view that gives you an idea of just how great we look and how much we're growing. Thanks to Newfoundland Helicopters!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Random Age-Friendly Communities Computers For Seniors

Looking to help out in Clarenville?  There are plenty of volunteer opportunities that can help you get to know people and help you in your career. One such opportunity is a program called COMPUTERS FOR SENIORS.  

This initiative is run by the Random Age-Friendly Communities group and the goal is to train seniors in the use of computers.  Over the past number of years Computer training volunteers have instructed over 150 seniors of Clarenville and the surrounding communities in basic computer usage. 

Random Aged Friendly and its partner, College of the North Atlantic, is currently recruiting resource persons to assist in the delivery of our next class which will run from October 22 to November 21 on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7 – 9 p.m. at Clarenville campus.

The training to be offered to seniors will be very fundamental, so it is not necessary for resource persons to have extensive training in or instructional experience with computers.  As a resource person, you should have a comfort level with basic computer usage and you will be working with a team to assist in facilitating this training.

If you have just one, two, or even ten nights to spare and would like to share your computer knowledge with our seniors in this important community initiative, please contact Brenda Reid at 466-2870. 

Thursday, October 3, 2013


“Help Wanted” signs adorn our town.   If you're a teenager, and looking for a job, odds are you’ll be in luck.

What’s good for youth and for people looking for retail type jobs however is not so good for the businesses that are busy trying to recruit for them.  Last week’s edition of THE PACKET told the story of how a shortage of retail labour in Clarenville is challenging some businesses, and how one business has taken advantage of the Foreign Worker Program to hire staff from the Philippines (Local businesses recruit foreigners to fill the gaps Sept 26) .   This situation is not unique to Clarenville.  In Happy Valley-Goose Bay over 200 foreign workers are employed in the fast-food/retail industry. 

These stories come as a prelude to the Province launching a Discussion  road-show to discuss the challenges being faced by communities and business as baby boomers retire/die while and fewer young people enter the workforce/communities to replace them.( See :   In fact, the Province estimates that there will be more deaths than births and there will be an estimated 70,000 job openings in NL by 2020, of which 7,200 will be new jobs - there just won't be enough people to fill towns and fill jobs. (The Road Show will be holding a Community Workshop Discussion Forum on Tuesday, October 15 at  St. Jude’s Hotel from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. )

It sounds like a situation for the folks coming out of our schools but the reality is painting a different picture for them and us.   With increasing debt loads and higher expectations (Alberta and off-shore money is the gold standard) these students are simply not willing (nor are they able) to work for wages hovering around the minimum wage.   Many thousands of these folks are simply voting with their feet and moving to the “big” jobs leaving local businesses crying out for workers and towns such as ours, seeking youthful citizens.   You can’t blame our youth for leaving for greener pastures – they are simply being economic maximizes

The scary thing is that as youth move away they may never come back.  Our province’s, and Clarenville’s, biggest export has always been our people and that is challenging our future success. 

The good news is that many of the people who leave still call this place “home”.  I know this because after years of running the Our Town Facebook page we see a lot of them regularly in their comments and in the usage statistics.  40% of the 1100 people on the page don't live here.  

The Challenge for us as a community will be to create the opportunities for our youth to stay, stay in touch with them if they do go and make sure that they always what to come back when the opportunity arises. The Province's Discussion Forum's are nice, but talking about the problem just won't solve the problem.  The solution is "simple" but probably too politically difficult: Higher wages; better, longer term job opportunities and a "nice' place to live and raise a family will be key to retaining livers and attracting newcomers.

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