Regional Workshops offer the opportunity for Memorial University faculty, staff and students to meet with regional stakeholders, in order to discuss topics of mutual interest. The purpose of a Regional Workshop is to explore ways of creating sustainable social and economic regions, and to identify possible future opportunities for research, teaching and outreach.
On November 22-23, 2007, the Harris Centre held a Memorial Presents/Regional Workshop at the Mount Peyton Hotel in Grand Falls-Windsor, NL.
The Regional Workshop is normally preceded by an event entitled Memorial Presents; this is a thoughtful discussion of a topic of importance to the region or zone in which the events are held. The Memorial Presents session on the night of 22 November was entitled “Building a Better Tomorrow: Health Care in Rural Newfoundland and Labrador”. The keynote speaker for the evening’s forum was Dr. James Rourke of Memorial University’s Faculty of Medicine. The panelists for the event included Rosemarie Goodyear, Vice-President for Community Health and Primary Health Care with the Central Regional Health Authority; Teresa Greene, member of the board of the Exploits Valley Economic Development Corporation; and Kim Osmond, Regional Primary Health Care Consultant for the Central Regional Health Authority.
The Regional Workshop, held on 23 November, was attended by 19 Memorial University representatives and 54 local participants. It showcased 42 new opportunities for research, teaching and outreach, grouped under the broad subject headings of Rural Health; Natural Resources; and Education/Labour Market Development.
A report on this workshop can be found at: http://www.mun.ca/harriscentre/outreach/regionalworkshops/zone12/