Claudette Warren – human dynamo

Reprinted from Decks Awash, Volume 15, Number 6
November – December 1986
Photograph from MUN Digital Archives

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Claudette Warren, 1986

When we meet some Grade 12 students from Southwest Arm at Clarenville Integrated High School, Claudette Warren talks enthusiastically about her thoughts on life in Northwest Brook.

“I’d like teenagers to get organized to get things done,” she exclaims. “There could be soft- ball for boys and girls and more training courses in each community hall. You could do almost anything on Saturdays. Now that we’re older, our friends are not so close and you don’t get the same close friendships and shared activities. The first year I was here in Grade 7, I was the emcee for the Christmas assembly and I used to take part in plays and church services. Now with all the homework you don’t have time for that anymore. I preferred the small school because you got more attention. Some of the classes here have 35 students.”

“Now I’ve got my driver’s licence I can drive in but it’s still hard getting into things in school. I’m on the yearbook committee now and would like to be in more sports. There’s no softball for girls in the communities—we’re expected to be spectators. We had a few interesting things this summer, including a special program in public speaking and confidence-building. We organized the Seafood Festival and I was the emcee for the variety show.”

With so much on her plate, it’s hard to imagine there is anything else Claudette could fit into her life.

“I’d like to follow up on my French,” she reveals. “I heard French for the first time in Grade 7 and I did really well in it. You had to be interested to get the grades. I went to Montreal one year, but it was difficult when I was in Quebec City because the French was so different.”

Claudette and her older brother are living with their grandparents which might explain her in-dependent nature.

“That may have made a difference,” Claudette agrees with a bubbly laugh, “but another reason is my brother is three years older and he was jealous when I was born. When I was younger I got involved in everything going on in the community.”  

Plans for a career are already firming up in Claudette’s mind.  

“I’m planning to go to MUN and then take veterinary training,” she tells us. “You have to leave the province for that course. My cousin did her training on the job with another veterinarian after two years of university. I like that idea.”  

One thing she won’t be caring for, however, is fish!  

“People think you eat a lot of fish in a smaller community, but I never did,” Claudette admits, wrinkling up her nose. “I only like trout, fresh fish and all shellfish, but I can’t stand turbot or mackerel. I’ve never eaten turr or seal, either.”  

Caring for animals is an off-shoot of Claudette’s love of the outdoors.  

“I don’t think the people in Clarenville make good use of the country,” she suggests. “We can get into the woods anytime and there are lots of trails. You can drive an all-terrain vehicle in the summer and I have a skidoo and skis for the winter. You can go ice-fishing, if you like fish,” Claudette adds with a broad smile.  

Is there anything else Claudette doesn’t like, we wonder?  

“Having my picture taken today—the day my curling iron broke,” she cries in mock indignation—Peter Soucy’s drama training classes bring out the actress in her.

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Transcribed by Wanda Garrett, February 2019

These transcriptions may contain human errors. As always, confirm these as you would any other source material.