By Christopher Vaughan
KIPPENS Joelle Carey came home for a family wedding, but she couldn’t help squeeze in a bit of work-related research on the side.
The former Kippens resident is a graduate student with Memorial University’s Department of Folklore. She’s also interning with the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador this summer, conducting a research project about “make and break” engines.
Carey said these early marine inboard engines were once commonly used in Newfoundland and Labrador, replacing the use of oars in many fishers’ boats.
“I have about 80 people provincewide on my contact list for the project,” she said.
“That includes a few people from the west coast — one from West Bay Centre, another from the Bay of Islands, and two men in Codroy.”
So when Carey was making plans to come home to attend a wedding in July, she also decided to make some time to visit her west coast contacts.
“I love what I’m doing because it focuses on all sorts of people, not just political leaders,” she said.
“It feels to me like it’s worthwhile because I’m talking to people and it gives recognition to their lives and what they’re interested in.”
Once Carey’s research is completed at the end of this month, her work will be able to be viewed on MUN’s digital archives — http://col
Carey is the daughter of Peter and Theresa Carey, longtime residents of Kippens now living in Bridgewater, N.S.