What is the Provincial Historic Commemorations Program (PHCP)?
The PHCP is a citizen-driven program that allows for the commemoration of aspects of our history and culture that are of provincial significance. The PHCP allows us to better recognize, honour and interpret our cultural and historic treasures. This program is distinct for its recognition of the intangible aspects of Newfoundland and Labrador’s culture and heritage – the customs, cultural practices, traditional skills and knowledge that define the province and its people.
The program is intended to recognize subjects that had a fairly broad impact on the people of the province as a whole. Subjects that have had more of a regional impact will also be recognized.
Nominations fall under the categories of:
- Exceptional People from the Past
- Outstanding Historic Events
- Unique Places
- Distinctive Cultural Traditions and Practices
- Tradition Bearers
Nominations are reviewed by the PHCP Committee. Successful nominations should demonstrate that the subject influenced Newfoundland and Labrador’s history, culture and way of life, and that its impact is recognized as provincially significant.
The PHCP Committee includes representatives from a range of citizens who have far-reaching experience in the fields of culture and heritage. The committee meets biannually to review public nominations for commemorative designation.
Current Committee Members are:
- Joan Ritcey (Chair)
- Dr. Olaf Janzen
- Dr. Lisa M. Daly
- Jerry Dick (Heritage NL)
- Andrea O’Brien (Heritage NL)
Joan Ritcey (Chair)
Joan Ritcey lives in St. John’s and works as a freelance book and map appraiser, and book indexer. An academic librarian since 1980, including 20 years as Head of the Centre for Newfoundland Studies, she retired from Memorial University in 2018. She has been very active in community heritage, having served on the planning committees for 18 history symposia and as president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Library Association, the Newfoundland and Labrador Historical Society and the Historic Sites Association.
Dr. Olaf Janzen
Dr. Olaf Janzen retired in 2017 as Professor of History after 38 years’ service at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and has been a member of several other organizations, including the Newfoundland Historical Society. Dr. Janzen’s research specialization has been the trade, society and defence of eighteenth-century Newfoundland, and he has published a number of papers on those themes in peer-reviewed journals, including Newfoundland & Labrador Studies. In 2013, a collection of many of those papers was released by the International Maritime Economic History Association under the title War and Trade in Eighteenth-Century Newfoundland. He also contributed the chapter on the eighteenth century in A Short History of Newfoundland and Labrador (St. John’s, 2008). He continues to build and maintain an on-line “Reader’s Guide to the History of Newfoundland and Labrador to 1869”, and he also continues to develop finding aids to two series of eighteenth-century manuscripts which are also accessible on-line. He is an active member of the Corner Brook Museum and Archives Board of Directors.
Dr. Lisa M. Daly
Dr. Lisa M. Daly has worked as Archaeological Project Manager for the province of New Brunswick, as coordinator for the Logy Bay-Middle Cove-Outer Cove Museum and as a private tour guide/step-on guide for Wildland Tours in St. John’s. She has volunteered with various heritage organizations, including Heritage Tomorrow NL, and started her career in heritage in 2001 with a summer position at the Provincial Archives of NL. She holds a B.A. (hons.) from Memorial University in Physical Anthropology (Archaeology), an M.Sc. from Bournemouth University in Forensic and Biological Anthropology, a diploma in Heritage Resources from Memorial, as well as her Ph.D. in Archaeology, also from MUN. Lisa specialized in aviation archaeology, and has visited sites in Gander, Stephenville, Burgoyne’s Cove, Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s, Goose Bay, and in Labrador. Beyond the actual archaeology, she has been researching the province’s aviation history and sharing it on her blog planecrashgirl.ca.
A resident of St. John’s, Jerry Dick is the Executive Director of Heritage NL. He served as Director of Heritage with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador from 2006-2016. Prior to that, he was executive director of the Association of Heritage Industries, an umbrella organization of provincial heritage groups in Newfoundland and Labrador. His professional experience includes interpretive planning/exhibit design and community development. He has also been the operator of a heritage inn. Mr. Dick has supervised the restoration of a number of heritage buildings and is a Southcott Award winner for the restoration of Garrison House in Harbour Grace.
Andrea O’Brien (Committee Secretary)
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. She serves as Heritage NL’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 since the early 1990s, 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 Mummers Festival.