On Thursday June 7th Jerome Bear was sworn in as the Mayor of Dorchester, and as the first Native Mayor of Dorchester, and one of only a few in the history of New Brunswick, the ceremony was quietly emotional.
The ceremony took place in St. Edwards’ Hall, a bright and spacious A frame building in Dorchester’s village center.
The audience, though small, was in a celebratory mood, listening to the Mayor’s acceptance speech over the squealing of playing children.
J.J. Bear’s speech was succinct and humble, thanking the people of Dorchester for their confidence in him and relating how his grandparents were instrumental in teaching him the importance of the personal characteristics of honesty and respect. Bear also thanked his Fort Folly “brothers and sisters” for making him feel welcome when he moved there in 1993.
Bear ended his speech by promising to protect the interests of the people of Dorchester against the “major changes in acts and policies that will affect municipalities all over this province “and he promised that the council will “ensure that our voice is heard by our MLA’s and the Premier”.
Bear promised the local citizens that he would remain open and honest, inviting citizens to attend council meetings and ask questions.
After Bear’s speech the audience was treated to two ceremonial songs. Six men, (two of them Bear’s brothers) sang and beat on one large drum. The effect was of a strong battle cry, with the regular beat and chanting song being amped up intermittently by the largest man of the group who beat out six notes with such strength and power that the building shook.
J.J. ( as he is known locally) Bear has been an active member of the Dorchester Fire Department for 15 years, only stepping down now to give more time to his role as Mayor. He has been the Deputy Mayor for Dorchester council for the last four years and is ready to take on the role of Mayor.
Bear’s main concern is the provincial government’s cuts to the municipalities, saying, “I don’t like where it is going”. Many people in the community fear that that Dorchester Consolidated School will be lost in further cost cutting measures and Dorchester council is exploring methods of protecting and preserving their school. “The Dorchester Consolidated School is a major symbol in this community”, says Bear, “and we need to ensure that it stays part of this community for years to come”.
My adventures in my Advanced Technology course in Library Studies lead me to a beautiful digital collection on ‘Evangeline’ in the Nova Scotia Legislative Library.
A new post from my Library Studies course in Advanced Technology. Students want immediate access to the internet and social media at all times. Just saying. And universities are trying to keep up by offering library services on smartphones…
A new post just up on my ‘librarieslive.wordpress.com’ blog from my course in Advanced Technology (who, me?) in Library Studies from Memorial University. (long distance. of course..)
What does it mean to have enriched content?
Scanning the contents of the golden box of my Grandmother’s favorite index carded recipes?
Check out, Content Enrichment Services.
A new post on my Library Studies blog in which I rant on about a government funded experiment that supplies all the Grade 9’s in our high school with note book computers but cuts the librarian’s hours.
Working away on my Library Studies – and getting busy with blogs. Today I struggle to get Stumble Upon as a button at the bottom of my article.
I am working away on my Advanced Technology course in Library Studies from Memorial University.
My brain is actually steaming right now. Please check out my technological epiphanies at Libraries Live!
I love our little library in Port Elgin, and I always think about the challenges and restrictions that our village library faces when working on projects for my courses.
We don’t have much room, and we don’t have much money, but we could make a blog!
My recent post on Libraries Live! talks about this subject: