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Author: Darren Sheppard

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709 Watershed host Darren Sheppard guides you through interviews with guest that have a direct impact on the Indian Bay Watershed. These are the experts, storytellers, and decision-makers in politics, environmental topics, tourism, and business. 709 Watershed is based in beautiful Indian Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Co-Producer Jordan Knee. Ads recorded by Kaylene Stagg.
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709 Watershed goes on the road to Hare Bay Adventures, where we recorded live within the cozy and colourful surroundings of the award-winning tourism operation run by Renee and Duane Collins. Host Darren Sheppard speaks with Duane to get an update on how things are going with the business, plus he sits down with Adventure Central's Community Tourism Developer, Tara Hamlyn, regarding her promotion of "The Shore", her thoughts on the future of tourism in the area, and her own personal story regarding her hometown of Twillingate. And, he chats with Member of Parliament for Bonavista-Burin-Trinity, Churence Rogers, to discuss how he has been handling working within the pandemic, and he provides 709 Watershed an exclusive announcement regarding his political future. You'll have to listen to the episode to find out what it is! Enjoy!Music by Giorgio Di Campo for FreeSound Music https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8j8sO7-kbRcMusic by Ricky Valadezhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9Ov1XLAg1c
Host Darren Sheppard sits down with local business woman, former IBEC Manager, and current IBEC Board member Stella Gale. They discuss her time working for the environmental nonprofit, her current business "Star Creations", her thoughts on women in business, and she announces some exciting news at the end of the episode! A very interesting and informative episode awaits your listening pleasure!Music by Giorgio Di Campo for FreeSound Music https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8j8sO7-kbRcMusic by Ricky Valadezhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9Ov1XLAg1c
Danielle Fequet, the provincial Conservation Programs Specialist with Ducks Unlimited Canada, chats with host Darren Sheppard about what her position involves, how Ducks Unlimited Canada is support wetland projects in this province and throughout the country,  what the local Chapter has done to promote the organization locally, and much more!Music by Giorgio Di Campo for FreeSound Music https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8j8sO7-kbRcMusic by Ricky Valadezhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9Ov1XLAg1c
Host Darren Sheppard chats with CAO Edward Evans of CNWM regarding their activities within the Central region. They review what exactly the CNWM does, what the waste management facilities in Indian Bay and Norris Arm do, how recycling and garbage is separated, and much more. An environmental topic that affects all of us!Music by Giorgio Di Campo for FreeSound Music https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8j8sO7-kbRcMusic by Ricky Valadezhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9Ov1XLAg1c
Recorded live at Norton’s Cove Studio in Brookfield, this episode collects stories about the communities stretching from Newtown through to Valleyfield, nowadays called New-Wes-Valley. Host Darren Sheppard sits down with Duke Kelloway and Taylor Curtis. Duke talks about his love of sailing and the idea of having sail boats coming into Norton's Cove to experience what the area has to offer. Taylor discusses her new found love for the area, as she's originally from Manitoba. Both topics showing the diversity of those who call this area home. Enjoy!Music by Giorgio Di Campo for FreeSound Music https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8j8sO7-kbRcMusic by Ricky Valadezhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9Ov1XLAg1c
Recorded live at Norton's Cove Studio in Brookfield, this episode collects stories about the communities stretching from Newtown through to Valleyfield, nowadays called New-Wes-Valley. Host Darren Sheppard sits down with Norton's Cove Studio & Cafe owner Janet Davis and checks in on how her business has been doing since the pandemic, and he chats with Hugh and Joanne Wiley regarding their story of how they fell in love with Pool's Island and made it home after travelling throughout North America. Enjoy!Music by Giorgio Di Campo for FreeSound Music https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8j8sO7-kbRcMusic by Ricky Valadezhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9Ov1XLAg1c
Ian Brackstone is originally from Wales. He "met" Rhyna Cutler online via Facebook several years ago, through a gardening group, and their relationship bloomed! A very interesting lad, Ian has a strong background in the oil industry and provides his insight on what he feels may happen with the industry, both provincially and internationally. And, he shares his love for the community and area that he now calls home. Make a cup of tea and join host Darren Sheppard in this wonderful, heartwarming conversation.Music by Giorgio Di Campo for FreeSound Music https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8j8sO7-kbRcMusic by Ricky Valadezhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9Ov1XLAg1c 
Host Darren Sheppard sits down in-studio with Thomas Howe Demonstration Forest Vice-Chair Ed Blackmore and Fundraising Coordinator (and former IBEC summer student) Hayley Gillingham. They discuss what the Forest is all about, its location 2km’s outside of Gander, the benefits mentally and physically it has on those that visit it, and much more!Music by Giorgio Di Campo for FreeSound Music https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8j8sO7-kbRcMusic by Ricky Valadezhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9Ov1XLAg1c
Recorded live at Ida’s Place in Greenspond, host Darren Sheppard chats with locals and visitors alike regarding their memories and stories of Greenspond. The final episode of our three-part miniseries on Greenspond, Darren speaks with Joy Barfoot, who is originally from Greenspond, but now works at the Rooms (provincial archives and museum) in St. John's. She tells us about some traditions of growing up on the island, plus stories about her late father and what he's passed down to her regarding the history of Greenspond. And, we chat with the other half of Ida's Place, Des Gordon, who use to fish out of Greenspond before he got into the hospitality industry with his wife Heather, so he tells us stories about that part of his life and how serving tourist and locals alike has changed his life. Enjoy!Music by Giorgio Di Campo for FreeSound Music https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8j8sO7-kbRcMusic by Ricky Valadezhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9Ov1XLAg1c
Recorded live at Ida’s Place in Greenspond, host Darren Sheppard reads a story provided by Linda White from her “The Greenspond Letters” writings, he interviews Margaret Burry, a longtime resident of Greenspond who currently runs the post office, Deputy Mayor June Duffett, who has over three decades of experience within the education system, and Gerald Wiseman from Gander, who’s Aunt and Uncle were one of the first Salvation Army officers to be posted to Greenspond.709 Watershed thanks Ida's Place for hosting us and allowing us to recorded these wonderful stories of Greenspond live on location!Music by Giorgio Di Campo for FreeSound Music https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8j8sO7-kbRcMusic by Ricky Valadezhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9Ov1XLAg1c
Recorded live at Ida’s Place in Greenspond, host Darren Sheppard speaks with locals and visitors alike regarding their memories and stories of Greenspond. Part 1 includes a chat with Heather Gordon, owner of Ida’s Place, a song “That Old Stage” written by Carl Winter and performed by Slainte, regarding the fishing stage found on the property of Ida’s Place, a lovely chat with Mr. and Mrs. Button, who have been married 67 years and are longtime residents of Greenspond, and more! This is a three-part miniseries, so stay turn for the next episodes about Stories of Greenspond in the coming weeks!Music by Giorgio Di Campo for FreeSound Music https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8j8sO7-kbRcMusic by Ricky Valadezhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9Ov1XLAg1c
Lorne is a Town of New-Wes-Valley (NWV) Councillor, Public Relations Officer of the NWV Volunteer Fire Department, Rescue Specialist with the Canadian Coast Guard, and a self-proclaimed tree hugger. He is also the owner of a cabin in the Sheppard’s Point area (32 Branch) of the Indian Bay Watershed. Host Darren Sheppard speaks to him on his thoughts of the cabin lifestyle, the benefits/negatives of having a cabin in general, raising over $25,000 during a weekend at the cabin (Snowbulance), bats (the flying kind), and more!Music by Giorgio Di Campo for FreeSound Music https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8j8sO7-kbRcMusic by Ricky Valadezhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9Ov1XLAg1c
Derrick joins host Darren Sheppard for the tenth episode of 709 Watershed. In this episode, Derrick speaks about his life working in the public service, first as the Town Manager/Clerk of the beautiful Town of Greenspond, then onto being the Member of the House of Assembly for our district, and now a provincial Cabinet Minister. He also discusses his family's involvement with COVID-19 (both his wife and daughter are nurses), and how it affects his department and his life as a politician. He touches on the affect that COVID-19 has on tourism within our district and the province. He explains the provincial ALERT system (that message that comes across your cellphone, television, and radio in an emergency) and the process of enacting it. And he speaks about some of the regulations that fall under the Environment department and his respect for the work IBEC and other Environmental Non-Government Organizations do everyday. We hope you enjoy the chat with Derrick!Music by Giorgio Di Campo for FreeSound Music https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8j8sO7-kbRcMusic by Ricky Valadezhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9Ov1XLAg1c
With COVID-19 gripping the world, host Darren Sheppard chats with local business owner Kirk White to discuss how the virus is affecting his plans to start his 8th season at Washed Ashore Antiques. They’ll also discuss Kirk’s business model of selling what some might call trash, but to the right buyer, it’s a treasure. Antiques, Newfoundland crafts, and other interesting items, all found in a little antique and coffee bar in Trinity, Bonavista Bay. And they’ll touch on what the Town of CWT is doing with its environmental planning and being one of the newest members of the Stewardship Association of Municipalities after signing its stewardship agreement in 2019.Music by Giorgio Di Campo for FreeSound Music https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8j8sO7-kbRcMusic by Ricky Valadezhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9Ov1XLAg1c
In-studio guest Laura King, who is the self-described #1 fan of IBEC, sits down with host Darren Sheppard to talk about what SAM does to assist municipalities with their environmental planning, her involvement with IBEC’s Species at Risk project in Cape Freels, her voluntary role as President of Nature NL, & other interesting facts about her environmentalist lifestyle. If you are an environmental & outdoor enthusiast, this is the episode you don't want to miss!Music by Giorgio Di Campo for FreeSound Music https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8j8sO7-kbRcMusic by Ricky Valadezhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9Ov1XLAg1c
Host Darren Sheppard sits down with local entertainer/storyteller/volunteer/tour guide & all around interesting guy, Steve Perry.  They discuss Steve’s love for “The Shore”, his twenty year theatre career, how he has become one of the “go to” folks for everything tourism in our area, & much more. If you're planning a trip to our area, or looking to see what the life of a semi-professional actor is like, then this episode is for you!
Host Darren Sheppard discusses the repercussions of the Fire of 1961 and how it destroyed the logging industry within Bonavista North. First-hand accounts of the fire will be reviewed with in-studio guest, author Gary Collins of Hare Bay, who was a teenager at the time of the fire, as he describes what it was like dealing with the fire and the aftermath.Music by Giorgio Di Campo for FreeSound Music https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8j8sO7-kbRcMusic by Ricky Valadezhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9Ov1XLAg1c
Nicola Saunders leads the discussion about Christmas traditions that continue to thrive in Newfoundland & Labrador. We also touch on the environmental aspect of the Christmas holidays. And we look at some of the major festivals and events that are occurring during the Holiday Season within the province.Music by Giorgio Di Campo for FreeSound Music https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8j8sO7-kbRcMusic by Ricky Valadezhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9Ov1XLAg1c
The debate regarding shopping locally, hitting up the big box store, or shopping online is a daily decision that many of us face. Which is better for your money? Which is better for the overall benefit of the environment? Which gives you, the customer, the most control?Darren sits down with local artist and businesswoman Janet Davis of Norton’s Cove Studio & Cafe, to discuss her thoughts on the subject. Janet opens up about how her own environmental beliefs are shown in the way she runs her business, the emotional impact of running a small business, and the importance of local support on the bottom line.Music by Giorgio Di Campo for FreeSound Music https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8j8sO7-kbRcMusic by Ricky Valadezhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9Ov1XLAg1c
The NCC is Canada’s largest national land conservation organization. Operating in all provinces and territories, the NCC has helped protect 35 million acres throughout the country since 1962. Through educational programs, land trusts and land purchases, the NCC is doing its part in protecting wildlife habitat in this great country.Darren sits down with Stewardship Coordinator Julia Lawlor & Program Director Megan Lafferty of the NCC regarding their roles in the organization, their role in Newfoundland & Labrador, and how protecting land in Canada helps conservation efforts.Music by Giorgio Di Campo for FreeSound Music https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8j8sO7-kbRcMusic by Ricky Valadezhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9Ov1XLAg1c
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