Jerry Dick, Executive Director

Jerry’s has an undergraduate degree in architectural design, history and preservation from the University of Waterloo and an MA in Cultural Geography from Memorial University. His experience in the heritage field includes Main Street coordinator, Executive Director of the Association of Heritage Industries, exhibit developer, and Director of Heritage with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. He has served on the board of a number of arts and heritage organizations. Jerry has been involved with the restoration of several buildings including a heritage inn that he owned and operated, the Colonial Building (Newfoundland and Labrador’s first legislature), and his current project which is a 140 old church that serves as a cottage.

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Dale Jarvis, Intangible Cultural Heritage Development Officer

Dale holds a BSc in Anthropology/Archaeology from Trent University, and a MA in Folklore from Memorial University. He oversees the Foundation’s Intangible Cultural Heritage Office which helps communities to safeguard their traditional culture. Dale has contributed as a board member and volunteer to many local arts and heritage organizations. Former newspaper columnist, and author of several books, he is a tireless promoter of local traditions.

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Andrea O’Brien, Municipal Outreach/Provincial Registrar 

Andrea has a BA focusing on folklore, history, Newfoundland Studies and English, a Bachelor of Education and an MA in folklore all from Memorial University of NL. She serves as HFNL’s Register of Historic Places, Municipal Outreach Officer, Youth Heritage Places Poster Contest coordinator and web manager. Andrea has been involved in the province’s heritage sector academically and professionally for 20 years, including 8 summer seasons at the Colony of Avalon in Ferryland and student employment at MUN’s Folklore and Language Archives. She is also a founding board member of the Mummer’s Festival.

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Terra Barrett, Public Folklorist

Terra holds a BA in Folklore/ French and an MA in Public Folklore from Memorial University. Currently, she is researching the history, folklore and oral history of the province, and working on the Collective Memories project. Previously for HFNL, Terra conducted fieldwork in Petty Harbour including interviews with residents about their memories, stories and experiences while growing up there. She volunteers with a number of organizations and is particularly interested in the crafts, foodways and folk beliefs of the province

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Michael Philpott, Heritage Officer

Michael has an Honours degree in English and Business Administration from Memorial University and a Bachelor of Environmental Design Studies (Architecture) from Dalhousie University. He oversees the heritage designation and granting programs of the Foundation, and provides advice and restoration resources to owners of historic properties. Michael is interested in documenting heritage structures, their stories, and the methods of their construction. He is currently restoring and renovating a 180-year-old home in St. John’s.

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Katie Harvey, Historic Places Intern

Katie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Folklore from Memorial University and a Master of Arts in Public Folklore. Born and raised in Newfoundland, she maintains a particular fondness for Newfoundland heritage. Her primary areas of interest and specialization are museology, vernacular architecture and foodways.

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