Passed On: Calvin Petten – Port de Grave, N.L. Fisherman
Petten, 77, was the fourth of 17 children born to Aubrey and Mary Ellen Petten of Port de Grave. He married Elaine Efford of Port de Grave on December 10, 1958 and they had a family of six children. She predeceased him, on June 3, 2010. On February 12, 2011, he married Lily Dove. Petten was a dedicated dad who gave of his time and advice and was a faithful member of his church for more than 60 years. He started fishing at the age of 12 and built his own boats.
Passed On: Helen Regular – St. Anthony, N.L. Fish Plant Worker
Regular, 87, was born April 26, 1928 at Shi Cove, White Bay. She married Archibald Regular on December 4, 1944. Together they raised 11 children. Helen worked at the fish plant in St. Anthony for 13 years until she retired in June 1987. She loved to garden and enjoyed her flowers. She enjoyed knitting and other crafts. She faithfully attended church and taught Sunday school for 21 years.
Hired: Dr. Stephen Sutton – Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF) Coordinator of Community Outreach and Engagement
In this role, Sutton, a native of Mount Pearl, N.L., will be based at ASF’s headquarters in New Brunswick and will work throughout the range of the wild Atlantic salmon to develop programs that will encourage people to become more involved in conservation activities that will benefit the species. Sutton worked at James Cook University in Australia for 12 years as an Associate Professor in Environmental Studies and Fisheries. He received degrees in the study of biology from Memorial University in St. John’s, before receiving his doctorate in wildlife and fisheries from Texas A&M University. His research has included Atlantic salmon biology and management and the human dimensions of recreational fisheries and environmental conservation. He has an excellent background in utilizing social science to motivate people to become actively involved to protect wildlife and the environment on which wildlife depend.
Announced: Jane Adey – Host of CBC’s The Broadcast
Adey recently took over as host of CBC Newfoundland’s long-running radio show The Broadcast (formerly The Fisheries Broadcast). She studied journalism at Ryerson University in Toronto and came to the CBC in 2001. Since then, Adey has reported for radio and television from just about every nook and cranny in Newfoundland and Labrador. She has had the privilege of being a regular contributor to CBC’s much loved documentary program Land & Sea. Since going on the air in 1951, The Broadcast has been dedicated to covering stories about the people and the communities that depend on the sea for their livelihood.
Awarded: Dr. Sara Iverson – Scientific Director of the Ocean Tracking Network (OTN) and Professor of Biology at Dalhousie University and Dr. Fred Whoriskey – Executive Director of OTN and Adjunct Professor of Biology at Dalhousie University
Iverson and Whoriskey recently received a Destination Halifax Ambassador Award for their efforts to secure Halifax as host destination for the 3rd International Conference on Fish Telemetry. The conference was hosted by OTN, a global research and technology platform headquartered at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and funded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), as well as through many local, national and international partnerships. The conference brought together over 250 researchers and students from 25 countries, presenting the latest in aquatic animal monitoring and conservation research from around the world. Presentations and talks included themes ranging from behavioural ecology to technological advancements in telemetry. The Ambassador Program is an alliance of individuals and organizations who achieve economic growth for the Halifax region through the promotion of Halifax as a premier meetings and conventions destination. The program has been led by Destination Halifax since 2002.