SPANISH ROOM, N.L.
One of my favourite stories from this past year was the one I wrote about Travis Hann from Spanish Room.
Hann was working locally at the Kiewit Off-Shore facility in Cow Head on a module for the off-shore oil industry, but when that was complete he found himself with only one opportunity for employment and that was to go back to Alberta.
He talks about the need for work in the province to allow him and others who are working turn-around jobs to return to Newfoundland, if not their home communities to gain meaningful employment.
This story shows that it isn’t always easy for people who choose to go away to work; that although some of the positions are well paid, they don’t come without a cost. Many of the men and women who work in these jobs miss birthdays, anniversaries, first steps and first words, all in the hope of providing a better life for the loved ones they leave behind.
I felt this story gave people a better idea of what life is like for the those who have to leave the province for work.