The POWER of COMMUNITY

Getting to know you

Upon arrival in Corner Brook in November 2017, it was immediately clear that Dr. Jeff Keshen, the newly minted vice-president at Grenfell, wanted to get to know as many people, and as much of the region as possible, as quickly as possible.

Eager to make community connections to ensure Grenfell is realizing every opportunity to support and energize the area

One of his first engagements? Selling raffle tickets at a local hockey game – complete with apron and all! On campus, Dr. Keshen took every opportunity to get to know the Grenfell community: employee events, student orientation and appreciation barbecues, trivia nights – you name it – he’s up for it! He even took a turn in the dunk tank at our annual employee and family barbecue!

In a more formal capacity, Dr. Keshen wanted to understand what is important to the people in the western region and into Labrador. To that end, the concept of the “VP Tour” was developed, its purpose being to introduce Dr. Keshen to key audiences in the western region and Labrador, including community stakeholders, government officials and media representatives, and to continue to build or establish meaningful connections and collaborations.

The tour emphasized that Dr. Keshen is dedicated to positioning Grenfell as an essential component of strengthening the surrounding community and region. It was also an opportunity for Dr. Keshen and recruitment representatives to visit schools and inform potential students about the programs and services Grenfell has to offer.

Dr. Keshen and visual arts student Julia Brake at Orientation.

Areas visited include Port aux Basques, Stephenville, Grand Falls-Windsor, Bonne Bay/Gros Morne National Park, Cow Head, Hawkes Bay, St. Anthony, Roddickton-Bide Arm and Happy Valley-Goose Bay. While in these communities, Dr. Keshen and other Grenfell representatives met with town councils, arts organizations, chambers of commerce, Indigenous governments, Parks Canada, economic development officers, and participated in workshops, community receptions and school tours.

Whether on or off campus Dr. Keshen continues to be eager to make connections to ensure Grenfell is realizing every opportunity to support and energize its own community, and those in the surrounding region.