Dennis Garrek has over 30 yrs experience working at the local, municipal, and provincial level as a programmer, manager and consultant. Dennis has been with SaskCulture for the past 14 years, working with communities on cultural engagement and planning, as well as managing three funding programs and liaising with provincial cultural organizations. Most recently he has been working on an ecomuseum advisory committee, community engagement animateurs, a living heritage region, and community outreach. Dennis talks about the work of SaskCulture to engage citizens across Saskatchewan in their own heritage and culture, inclusivity and cultural diversity, the ecomuseum concept, and the importance of maintaining and sharing local stories.
Kevin Aucoin was born and raised on a small mixed farm in the Codroy Valley on the west coast of Newfoundland. He was introduced to the 4-H program as a teenager which lead Kevin to an interest and training in the agricultural field. Kevin attended the Agricultural Colleges in Nova Scotia, Quebec, and Ontario. He worked for some 35 years in the agricultural industry, becoming involved in farm and agricultural history in the mid 1980s. Kevin discusses his family background in farming, the formation of the Agricultural History Society, changes in technology, hay barracks and root cellars, agriculture in Labrador, and the Century Farms program.
Living Heritage is about people who are engaged in the heritage and culture sector - all those who keep heritage alive at the community level. In this episode, we interview Christine LeGrow, the owner of Spindrift Handknits about knitting traditions. Christine was born and raised in Newfoundland and has a keen interest in the people, places and things that make this island of Newfoundland unique.