Jeff Keshen is committed to familiarizing himself with the people of the province, making connections in the region and strengthening community networks.
The new vice-president of Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland in Corner Brook will act on that commitment early next week as he begins a tour of communities in the western region and in Labrador.
The aim of the tour is to build relationships that will foster Grenfell’s engagement, research and recruitment priorities.
“I am eager to hear the ideas, issues and concerns that people have throughout the western region and into Labrador, and how we at Grenfell Campus might collaborate with them to help develop new initiatives,” said Keshen in a press release.
He said the tour will increase awareness of the great things being accomplished at Grenfell, as well as the positive economic impact it is having on surrounding communities, the region and the province.
Keshen will visit with community groups, municipal councils and individuals in Stephenville, Port aux Basques and Happy Valley-Goose Bay.
The tour will coincide with visits by Grenfell’s recruitment team to Port aux Basques on Feb. 5 and Stephenville on Feb. 6, where Keshen will attend parent night presentations to connect personally with the parents of potential students.
Ken Carter, director of Grenfell’s Office of Engagement, will join Keshen on the tour.
He’ll meet with community representatives as part of an ongoing “Fast Track to Research” initiative. This project will engage directly industry clients across the agriculture sector.
Keshen is to address the Rotary Club of Corner Brook today and is expected to present at the Greater Corner Brook Board of Trade in the coming weeks.
Other community visits are planned for the weeks and months ahead.