The Churchill Northern Studies Centre is located in a building on a old rocketry and aurora borealis research center. The building is austere, run down, and way out of date – a lifeless relic of the cold war.
But, where ever we go and whatever we see, it’s the people that create a sense of place. Audrey, Rosalind, Robert, Emma, Aisling, Gerry, Cliff, Kat, Carley, LeeAnne, Avril, Mike, Kim, Christina, Devon, and Marie create that sense of place at CNSC. They are the staff and volunteers that we worked with at the Centre. Cooks, housekeepers, maintenance people, program coordinators, and administrators all make CNSC a place where people can feel at home while important work is done.
We tried to lend a hand in some way to all of the CNSC staff. In return, we were rewarded by each person in small and large ways. Sometimes it was just having someone new to talk to and to share our experiences with. Or, it was the camaraderie of working as a team to put out a meal and clean up after 80 people. Other times, it was the opportunity to lend our unique expertise to the operation.
To all of you, our new friends, we send our sincerest thanks and our best wishes.
Riley and Karen:
Many thanks for your kind words about the CNSC staff and your time here. It was fabulous to meet both of you and amidst all the busy bits of the summer you still managed to find time to spend a few moments with each of the staff. I’m sorry I didn’t get a chance to say goodbye before you left. I went looking but someone said you were making beds in the moments before leaving….. how typical. Thanks again for all your hours here at the Centre and for being part of the excellent team that gives this place the feeling of home. Maybe someday your travels will bring you back this way (and you’ll see our new place!). Best off all in your travels and adventures. LeeAnn