The Grenfell Mission attracted many independent, adventurous people, committed to "moral uplift" and social reform. Although the work of the IGA was intimately connected with the charismatic personality of Grenfell, the extensive programme of medical services, social welfare, and community development was implemented through the dedicated work of both paid staff and volunteers - or "workers without pay" (wops). Between the 1920s and the 1950s only, more than 5000 people worked as staff or volunteers with the IGA.
This section, currently the least developed of the themes, illustrates some of the men and women who served as Mission workers. They included doctors, physicians, dentists, nurses, occupational therapists, social workers, teachers, and crafts instructors. Women figured prominently. An example is Florence Bailey, stationed at the nursing station of Forteau, who served 20 settlements scattered along 60 miles of coast. Jessie Luther, a pioneer in occupational therapy, developed the Industrial Department at St. Anthony, instructing in arts and crafts from 1906 to 1914. This, then, is a very small sampling of the Grenfell workers.
The language in the title reflects
contemporary views by mission staff and volunteers towards northern
Newfoundland and Labrador
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