Dale Jarvis works as the Intangible Cultural Heritage Development Officer for the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, helping communities to safeguard traditional culture, the only full-time provincially funded folklorist position in Canada. Dale has been working for the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador since 1996, and holds a BSc in Anthropology/Archaeology from Trent University, and a MA in Folklore from Memorial University. He is a past president of the Newfoundland Historic Trust, and has contributed as a board member and volunteer to many local arts and heritage organizations. Newspaper columnist, and author of several books, he is a tireless promoter of local traditions.
Lisa Wilson is the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador's Heritage Outreach Officer. Her interest in Newfoundland’s ICH began when in 2009 she chose textile traditions on the Great Northern Peninsula as the focus of her Master’s thesis. Since graduating in 2011, she has worked on several projects that have helped to widen the scope of her knowledge within the material culture sphere. She has conducted research projects and written pieces on such topics as vernacular architecture, folk art, craft production, archival photographs, and most recently, cemeteries and headstone restoration. She hopes to apply the breadth of her skills to this position, and learn as much as possible in the process. She is particularly interested in exploring how the planning and promotion of heritage districts may lead to other important community-building activities.
Nicole Penney works with the Intangible Cultural Heritage Office, helping communities shape their identity and preserve their traditional culture. Nicole has been working within the heritage community since 2004, and holds a BA in Folklore / English Literature and an MA in Public Folklore from Memorial University. She currently sits as secretary on the Association of Newfoundland and Labrador Archives board of directors and works and volunteers regularly within the archival community. Nicole contributes to various newsletter and blogs relating to traditional culture and has a particular interest in folk art and occupational folklore. She is a strong advocate of community level heritage projects and inter-generational activities.
Christina Robarts works with the Intangible Cultural Heritage office as a Folklore Intern. Currently she is working on a research project with Dr. Mariya Lesiv (Memorial University), which focuses on diaspora groups established by recent immigrants to Canada from the former Eastern Europe Socialist block. Christina graduated from Sir Wilfred Grenfell College (now known as Grenfell Campus of Memorial University) with a BA in Historical Studies with a minor in Classics, and is currently enrolled in the MA in Public Folklore at Memorial University. She has always had an interest in heritage, material culture, and the representation of identity and its connection to the local community. This has led her to work for her local heritage society and an honours thesis on “The Representation in a Modern Museum of Jane Austen's View of Gentry Society in Bath, England”. In addition, she has worked on a toolkit, with the Association of Heritage Industries, on Healthy Ageing and volunteering.
Joelle Carey is the Senior Research Intern with the Newfoundland Pony Society (NPS) and is currently working out of the Intangible Cultural Heritage offices. Joelle is currently working on a census project for NPS which hopes to determine the number of Newfoundland Ponies currently living throughout our province. Joelle graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Folklore and English and is currently working on completing her Master’s of Arts in Public and Applied Folklore at Memorial. Joelle has an invested interested in Newfoundland culture and tourism and the ways in which different cultural groups can be presented through festivals, events, and workshops. Joelle was the organizer for the 2012 Provincial Folklife Festival which focused on Make and Break Engines and helped organize the Heritage Foundation’s Pillow Top Workshop in November, 2012.