Twine Loft – September 2015

Passed On: Janet Gardiner — St. John’s, N.L. Business Leader

Gardiner was born in St. John’s in 1933 and earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Dalhousie University. She became this province’s first female chartered accountant in 1956. Throughout her career she received numerous accolades and commendations, including being made a Fellow of the Chartered Accountants in 1991 and receiving an Honorary Doctor of Laws in 1998 as well as the J. D. Eaton Award for Service in 2008 from Memorial University. She was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada in 2009. Her expertise and business acumen benefited many corporations including the family company, Chester Dawe Limited. She also held directorships on the boards of Fishery Products International, the Canada/Newfoundland Offshore Petroleum Board, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro and Mutual Life of Canada. Gardiner served on the Advisory Board of the Faculty of Business Administration and was the first woman to chair Memorial University’s Board of Regents from 1991 – 1997. She was a dedicated community volunteer as Treasurer of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, Treasurer of the St. John’s Board of Trade, Chair of the St. Thomas’ Anglican Church Finance Committee and Chair of the Salvation Army Citizens Advisory Board. Most recently, she served on the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Newfoundland & Labrador, the Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee and was the Honorary Patron of the Tuckamore Festival.

Passed On: Harvey Nickerson — Yarmouth, N.S. Fisherman

Nickerson, 80, was born in Overton, Yarmouth County. He was a son to the late Earle and Laura (Morton) Nickerson. He was a fisherman all of his life and was Captain of his own boat for over 40 years. He was also a veteran of the Korean War. Nickerson was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather who loved his family dearly. He was a devoted member of the Evangel Assembly and loved to read his bible. In his spare time he loved camping with his family and tending to his vegetable garden.

Passed On: Hazen Leaman — Ireton, N.S. Fish Hatchery Worker

Leaman, 82, was born March 30, 1933 in Milton, Queens Co., he was a son of the late Thomas and Victoria (Martell) Leaman. Hazen worked at the Yarmouth Fish Hatchery for 36 years and in his spare time, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening.

Passed On: Clifford Taylor — North Sydney, N.S. Mariner

Taylor, 93, was born on June 28, 1922 in Grand Bruit on the southwest coast of Newfoundland to the late John and Harriet (Billard) Taylor. Being one of eight children, he was raised by his aunt and uncle Gordon and Melida Miles. He left home at a young age to work on the water fishing and later working ocean-going tugboats that took him to many places from Bermuda to the Azores. His travels later brought him to North Sydney where he worked on the construction of St. Elizabeth Hospital and on its completion continued to work there as a stationary engineer until his retirement in 1987.

Passed On: Frederick Paul — Pictou Landing First Nation, N.S. Fisherman

Paul, 62, was born in New Glasgow. He was a son of the late James and Mary Jean (Prosper) Paul. He was a life-long resident of Pictou Landing First Nation. He was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Roman Catholic Church. During his working life, he worked as a deckhand on a fishing boat. He enjoyed playing the guitar, drawing, the outdoors and camping. Paul was a Shubenacadie Residential School survivor.

Resigned: Dina Desveaux — Executive Director Fishermen and Scientists Research Society (FSRS)

Desveaux’s resignation as executive director was effective August 17, but she will remain with the FSRS team throughout the fall to support the organization and mentor its new leaders through this transition. The Fishermen and Scientists Research Society is a Halifax-based non-profit organization that exists to promote the long-term sustainability of marine fisheries resources through collaboration and effective communication between fishermen and scientists.

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