Interview with Noreen Careen about Living in Labrador West
Excerpts from Interview with Noreen Careen (2016)
Noreen Careen, a member of FemNorthNet, has lived in Labrador West for 41 years. Born and raised on mainland Newfoundland, Noreen and her partner were drawn to the emerging mining sector in Labrador after graduating high school – at the time, there were few job opportunities in Newfoundland.
Noreen's partner found a mining job with Iron Ore of Canada Ltd. in Labrador West and Noreen quickly joined him, becoming an administrative assistant for the company. Noreen's partner worked for thirty years in mining, the amount of time needed to attain a miner's pension. Over this time, Noreen and her partner raised three children and became integral members of Labrador West’s community.
For the last decade, Noreen has worked as the Executive Director for the Labrador West Status of Women Centre. Through the provision programming for and advocacy on behalf of local women Noreen has come to understand not only how the dynamics of the mining economy have affected her family, but also diverse women in the community.
This interview, conducted by Victoria Lake (a Masters in Social Work student) in January 2016, captures Noreen’s impressions of how the boom and bust cycle of mining has affected Labrador West and could continue to shape the community into the future.