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Busy Past, Bright Future: Healthcare on Bell Island
Newfoundland and Labrador Health and Community Services Archive and Museum
St. John's , Newfoundland and Labrador


   Our Community Memories
exhibit examines the history
of health care on Bell Island
over the last 100 years, with
a special focus on the Dr.
Walter Templeman Health
   Through a series of
stories, photos and personal
accounts, we share an often

forgotten yet captivating
tale of personal need,
community dedication and
adaptation in a time of
   Like many small
communities throughout the
province of Newfoundland and
Labrador, Bell Island faces a
number of difficult

challenges on a regular
basis: out-migration,
isolation and a struggling
local economy. The islandersí
love of community and
dedication to the local
hospital, however, have
helped them survive the hard
   This exhibit demonstrates

that, with a little
creativity and a lot of
heart, even the smallest
community can triumph over

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