Sharon Halfyard

PhD Candidate, Interdisciplinary Studies, Memorial University

Sharon Halfyard was a school teacher at the high school level for eight years starting in 1978.  Much later, in 2006 she returned to teaching as a substitute teacher for five years.  In her second career, she was an educational video producer/director at Memorial University of NL for nine years.  After that she started her own production company producing documentaries for television.  Her work largely focuses on stories of ordinary people of Newfoundland and Labrador.  They include documentaries on everything from the archaeological history of Port au Choix, breastfeeding babies, dropping out of school, and reading to pre-school children.  Her last independent venture was the production an adult learners text titled, To Be My Father’s Daughter (2008)which she co-authored with Carmelita McGrath and Marion Cheeks.  It is the story of William Coaker, the visionary who fought to reform the fishery in the early part of the 20th century.  The creative non-fiction text, that she calls a documentary in a book, tells the story of Coaker through the eyes of his estranged daughter Camilla.  Sharon has received numerous award her documentary productions. They continue to be used in schools across the province.

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