“QLF: Thank you for today’s webinar. I got to see faces and hear reminders of memories of long ago. I would love to have access to the pictures from the webinar as one included me. I am being inducted next fall into the Co-operative Hall of Fame and they are requesting pictures to make what will be a somewhat embarrassing video as part of the induction. I want to be sure to include, a picture of my summer in Newfoundland that was transformative and helped confirm my chosen direction in life. Again the webinar was great and the work QLF continues to do terrific and thanks!”
–A. Richer, ’71 Conche, NL
Click here to read more about the Co-operative Hall of Fame honor
“Loving the Catalan connection with QLF and keeping up with these webinars is great.
I’m in Winnipeg running my own podcast company http://Soundoffpodcast.com and we are looking to expand into Barcelona. My sister Elizabeth is living in Costa Rica raising two daughters.”
–M. Cundill, ’88, Robertson Lake, La Tabatiere, Forteau, QC
“I just watched Episode 1 of the monthly webinars. What a fabulous walk down memory lane and then a glimpse of how QLF has grown. The summer of 1966 was magic and a formative one for me. It is amazing to me that we started the camp in Tabusintac, struggling to entice children from the very different parts of the community to come, and, today, hearing that that became the hub of the Living Rivers program! Thanks for all the work you’ve done to keep these programs thriving. It is so important for the environment and for all the people involved, volunteers and natives. I talk about my summer with friends and family to this day. I look forward to watching more of the episodes.”
Gratefully, E. Townsend, ’66, Tabusintac, NB
“Wonderful webinar. Truly inspiring to see what QLF has been able to accomplish in a region so fraught with tension and violence. It helps us to remember that there are people in these places who care about the same things that we care about and who, against great odds at times, continue to go about the business of doing good. The success of QLF is reflected in the lifelong colleagues and friends that have resulted from its efforts. Great job!”
“Thank you for your wonderful letter and brochure for the Killick Society. We are honored to be included as we firmly believe in QLF’s mission, especially in our increasingly global society. We were also delighted to learn the definition of killick; one of our favorite characters in the Patrick O’Brian naval series is Killick, Captain Aubrey’s steward.”
“I always enjoy receiving the latest QLF news. Thanks for sharing.”
–N. Basu, ’66, La Tabatiere, QC
“I served as a summer intern in Goose Cove, Newfoundland in the summer of 1970. It was an amazing life-changing experience. I wrote letters home, then a high school student, describing my stay of living with a Newfoundland fishing family and running the day camp program in Goose Cove. At that time, Goose Cove had just been connected to the outside world, (St. Anthony) by a road, and not too long before the community had access to electric power. Goose Cove, by the way, is the quintessential Newfoundland village hugging the sea, treeless with dramatic windswept rocky tundra hills and cliffs. Unforgettable place.
My Dad had my letters typed up. He must have thought his son’s writing was to be kept into posterity! I still have these letters. If you think it would be appropriate I would be glad to scan the letters and send them on to you. You could take what you wanted, edit as you see fit. Would these be something that could help tell the QLF story? Would this get others excited about thinking of their own memories? Identifying why this was so life-changing?
Let me know. One of the things about retirement is you have time to look back and reminisce!
I have been in the ministry for the past 40 years. I like to think I received my inspiration for my calling back on those rocky shores by the Newfoundland sea. I am indebted for my QLF experience and how it has shaped my life! Blessings to the ongoing work.”
— P. Luckey, ’70, Goose Cove, NL, ’72, La Tabatiere, QC, 75, Croque, NF
“So great to read about the work at QLF. I remember vividly being introduced to QLF by former student, Adrienne Blattel.”
“With excellent memories of Ocean Horizons ’84 and 4H Camp Nipper ‘88.”
–S. Weinberg, ’84 Ocean Horizons, Gros Morne & Avalon Peninsula, NL, ’88 4H Camp Nipper, Gambo, NL
“I am ever grateful to remain in the QLF mailing loop. I just sent a donation as I did for so many years after returning from my year in New Denmark, New Brunswick, teaching art, music, and theatre in 1986. My short experience with QLF led to my teaching career and later to Peace Corps and beyond. I hope the Pandemic has not put a significant damper on your work!”
–J. Aldrich, ’85, New Denmark, NB
“Thank you, Beth! I’m in touch with QLF Alumni Martha Murray and John Gambell, who showed me photos of their last year’s trip to visit the communities where they had volunteered 40 years ago! Stay well.”
–V. Clarkson, ’68 &’69, Northwest River, NB, Grenfell Mission
“I just finished reading a book titled, “Labrador Doctor: My Life with the Grenfell Mission” by W.A. Paddon. I was hoping to see a reference to Bob Bryan. Didn’t see one. A good read about life in Labrador, Newfoundland, and Quebec from the 1920’s to the 1980’s. Keep up the good work.”
–J. Donnelly, The Sounds Conservancy
“Thank you for all your great efforts during this challenging year”
“Dear QLF, Thank you for your continued dedication to community-based conservation. I know that your programs and schedules must be going through an enormous amount of adjustment during these unsettling times and I admire your resilience. I want you to know support and will continue to support your commitment.”
“I was in L’Anse au Loup in ’73. Fabulous memories! I now am working on completing the Appalachian Trail between working as a Lactation Consultant
–S. Breen, ’73, L’Anse au Loup, NL
My QLF experience in Ste. Agathe, ME in 1980 turned out to be very important in my life. QLF helped me to live in Ste. Agathe with a host family and conduct research for my undergraduate Senior thesis in my interdisciplinary major: French and Anthropology.
I was co-founder and president of Penobscot School, a nonprofit community-based language school in Rockland, ME from 1986 to 2005. The school is still operational, known today as Penobscot Bay Language School. I continue to teach French and consult on language teaching and learning, especially in the field of French as a heritage or minority language, which takes me right back to the Acadian language and culture of the St. John Valley. I am currently Co-Director of Speaking Place, Inc – a nonprofit focusing on documenting and reviving endangered languages for social change on a small scale: https://www.speakingplace.org. In many ways Speaking Place and QLF are doing similar work with congruent core values. A QLF reunion in Maine is a great idea. Please keep me posted!”
–J. Schulz, 1980 St. Agatha