The POWER of RESEARCH and LEARNING

Community collaborations

Grenfell Campus is dedicated to strengthening partnerships in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. We are bringing Grenfell researchers and students in direct contact with community stakeholders to create and mobilize knowledge for social and economic good. The past year has seen new progress with initiatives such as CityStudio, the Thriving Regions project and development of collaborations in Gros Morne National Park.

Mobilizing community-based research initiatives in the western region.
CityStudio is now in its third year of operation at Corner Brook City Hall. This academic program allows faculty and students to interact with city officials to bring expertise, youthful enthusiasm and different perspectives to issues/concerns arising from the strategic plans of the city. Most recent examples of the outcomes include the proposal for winter “glamping” in Prince Edward Park, as well as new developments of the Corner Brook Marina and Bartlett’s Point Park.

 

Meanwhile, Grenfell has been mobilizing community-based research initiatives in the western region. In partnership with the Harris Centre, Grenfell researchers have engaged St. Anthony, Baie Verte and Port aux Basques through the new Thriving Regions initiative, where community partners define key areas of interest for research and funding is provided to engage researchers. Examples of the projects that have come out of these interactions include innovative fish products, the launching of greenhouses to support food security and an agricultural food loop that would bring together tourism and food production.

Mayor Jim Parsons speaks with CityStudio students.

And Grenfell Campus’s Offices of Engagement and Research and Graduate Studies are working to foster a long-term collaborative relationship between campus research capacity and Gros Morne National Park and the region’s communities. Through the project, Grenfell will work with partners in Gros Morne such as the Gros Morne Cooperating Association, Parks Canada and the enclave communities in the park to support local initiatives and further distinguish the region as a tourism destination. The project will provide new opportunities for faculty, students and staff to undertake research and community engaged learning in Gros Morne.

In addition to these initiatives, we are always looking to sit at the table with new partners: the Corner Brook Rotary Club, the Greater Corner Brook Board of Trade, the Corner Brook Museum and Archives, the Corner Brook Public Library – we have representation with each of these organizations; we are always open to developing new relationships.