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For Immediate Release
April 20, 2017

DOREEN NOSEWORTHY MADE HONORARY MEMBER OF THE NLTA

St. John’s, NL… Doreen Noseworthy was made honorary member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association on April 19, 2017 during the Association’s Biennial General Meeting in St. John’s. Doreen joins a group of 44 distinguished Newfoundlanders and Labradorians who have received this honor.

Doreen attended St. Patrick’s Convent School from 1951 to 1960, graduated with honours from Holy Heart of Mary Regional High School in 1963 and attended MUN from 1963-64. Several years later she resumed her studies at Memorial University and graduated with her B.A. (B.Ed.).

Doreen began her teaching career at St. Patrick’s Convent School in 1964, where she taught for 15 years. She took leave when her son was born and opened a Pre-Kindergarten Nursery School in her home in Holyrood, which she operated for five years. When her children began school, Doreen returned to teaching, substituting in schools all around Conception Bay Centre, CBS, St. Joseph’s and Mount Carmel for quite a few years. She retired in 2003 from St. Catherine’s Academy in Mount Carmel with a career in education that spanned 38 years.

Doreen has been an advocate for teachers/educators and students all her life, beginning with her early involvement as Newfoundland Teachers’ Association (NTA) School Rep for St. Patrick’s Convent School. As a pre-school teacher she joined the Early Childhood Development Association. As time went on, she became involved with the Conception Bay South Branch of the NLTA as Communications Officer, Vice-President and President. She also served on several provincial committees – Substitute Teachers’ Ad Hoc Committee, Communications/Political Action Committee, and the Committee on Communications Between Branch Presidents and Provincial Executive. Doreen was elected as a member of the NLTA Provincial Executive in 1994. During a particularly difficult round of negotiations, she wrote and delivered a speech on the steps of Confederation Building at a province-wide teachers’ rally organized by the NLTA on the topic, “I Touch the Future, I Teach”.

Before retiring in 2003, Doreen was elected Vice President of the Avalon East Division of the Retired Teachers’ Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (RTANL). She served two years as Vice President, four years as President, and two years as Past President. She also served at the provincial level of the RTANL as a Member-at-Large and Vice President. In these positions she oversaw all activities, events and functions of the Division and as President, represented the RTANL and the Division at retirement banquets and attended and presented at many pre-retirement seminars on behalf of the RTANL. She was a member of the Finance Committee, Newsletter Committee, an observer and director at ACER-CART AGMs, Chair of the RTANL Reunion and BGM Committee for 2012, member of and currently chairperson of the RTANL Liaison Committee with the NLTA, and serves as the RTANL Rep on the Group Insurance Trustees Committee, finishing her seven-year term in May 2017. She is currently serving as President of the Provincial Executive of the RTANL.

In her retirement, and as a representative of the RTANL, Doreen was asked to serve as a member of the Provincial Aging Issues Network established by Government through the Seniors Resource Centre. The purpose of this group was to research and identify the main issues of seniors living in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. She also served as a member of the Coalition of Public Pensioners of NL. This organization subsequently became the Coalition of Pensioners, Retirees and Seniors of NL, of which Doreen now serves as secretary.

Doreen was told she began to sing as soon as she learned to talk. In fact, her parents were never sure which came first. She used to play her dad’s guitar but he would have to hold it for her since it was much too big for such a little girl. Her singing and playing as a child turned into a second career as manager and lead vocalist with “The Montereys” dance band from 1965-75. The band played all over the Avalon region of the province performing at night clubs, private dances, garden parties, weddings, Christmas parties and the like. They were very much in demand and Doreen stayed with the band until February 1975 when, being four months pregnant with her first child, she decided it was time to quit.

Doreen continued with her playing and singing over the years at local concerts, a little pub work now and then, substitute teaching for music teachers and being involved with musical events in the Conception Bay Centre area. She was Music Minister and Leader of Song with Holy Cross Church in Holyrood for approximately 20 years and is currently a member of the Cloudberries Community Choir and Holy Cross Church Choir. For the past number of years she fills her summers with music and song at the H.W. Duffet Shriners’ Park in Eastport with two nights of music each week and a Gospel Sing every Sunday morning, as well as appearances at the Heritage Theatre in Eastport.

When her daughter was taking art lessons, Doreen was so amazed and interested by what she was doing that, when a space became available in the class, Doreen signed up. She started out working with oils and, a few years later, switched to acrylics. She is continuing with her lessons; however, has recently offered some prints for sale. While she doesn’t consider herself an “artist”, she feels that if people like her work, why argue with that. Her paintings can be found on Facebook as “Newfoundland Artist Doreen Noseworthy”.

Doreen has served on Pastoral Council and the Executive Board with Holy Cross Church, has been a member of the Marriage Preparation Facilitators’ Team, served as a member of the Parish Council, Chairperson of the Liturgical Committee, Girl Guide Leader, and has organized and participated in local events and fundraisers, including Holyrood’s Annual Squid Jigging and Folk Festivals, Children’s Fun Days and other community events.

Doreen was Formation President of the Conception Bay Centre Kinette Club and Zone 9 Kinette Coordinator, Founding Member and First President of the Conception Bay Centre Kinette Club, and was awarded the District 7 Kinette Diamond Award for Outstanding Service.

Doreen and her husband Gerry have two children, Nicole and Neal, one grandchild and another on the way.

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For further information contact:
Lesley-Ann Browne, NLTA Communications, Tel: 709-726-3223, ext. 228; 682-3751 (cellular); labrowne@nlta.nl.ca