Brendyn Creamer enjoys living in Norris Arm North, but the road to settling elsewhere may be a little smoother than the roads around his hometown.
Creamer is one of about 90 people in this year’s graduating class at Lewisporte Collegiate, and a member of the drama club. He drives 30 minutes to and from Lewisporte every day, and like others in the area, is pretty fed up with the state of the roads.
“A big problem I have with central Newfoundland is the transportation and the work that needs to be done on the roads, and all this trouble especially with the snowclearing in the winter and time. It's frustrating,” he says.
Other than that, he doesn’t feel like his town is negatively affected by the province’s tight purse strings. He’s satisfied with the level of health care available to him, with hospitals in Grand Falls-Windsor and Gander just 40 minutes away, and he hasn’t noticed a lot of job loss as has been experienced in some in other communities.
All but one survey respondent from central Newfoundland said they want to leave their community. Creamer estimates that in reality, less than half of his graduating class will stay in the area.
“A good few people are talking about leaving. Some want to stay here because of family and stuff, but for the most part, I think people are talking about getting out,” he says.
He estimates a quarter will stay where they’re living now, half will go somewhere else in the province and the rest will leave the province.
His own plans involve moving to Corner Brook to pursue a science degree at Grenfell, but he’s not sure where he’ll end up after that.
“I'd like to either live in Norris Arm North, or probably move out of the province, I would say,” he says, adding he really likes his hometown.
“It’s a really outdoors community, and it’s kind of small, but everybody just knows each other.”
In an anonymous survey, we asked: What are some things you like about living in your community? Here are some of the answers we received.
• “I enjoy the laid back environment, the locals and the history.” (Central)
• “I love the scenery in Bay Bulls! Still a small, tightly knit community.” (Eastern)
• “I like being connected to the nature. You won’t find that in the city.” (Labrador)
• “Corner Brook is incredibly beautiful and has a very strong arts community.” (Western)
• “Downtown St. John’s has lots of lovely smart creative people.” (Eastern)
• “It feels safe. Bad things rarely occur here.” (Central)
• “I like that I can hear the birds in the morning and the waves from the ocean.” (Western)
• “I live in Stephenville. The main asset to living here is the close proximity to the Lewis Hills and Gros Morne, as I enjoy hiking in those areas.” (Western)