Noreen Careen has resided in Labrador West for the past 46 years, and spent the last 18 years of her 43-year working career as Executive Director of the Labrador West Status of Women Council. An active volunteer and social advocate, she is credited with being a driving force in capacity building within the Labrador City-Wabush relating to child care, women’s issues, seniors’ issues, housing and homelessness.
Ms. Careen was instrumental in construction of the Hope Haven women’s shelter and the opening of Labrador West’s first daycare and after school facility, along with the First Steps Family Resource Centre. She has served on many local, provincial and national boards, and is currently president of Twin Cities Seniors 50+ Club, and regional director for Labrador with the Newfoundland and Labrador 50-plus Federation. Ms. Caren is a board member on the Provincial Advisory Council on Seniors and Aging, and an active member with the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing and Homelessness Coalition. She is also a member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Prevention of Elder Abuse Network, and Vice-Chair with Violence Prevention Labrador. Ms. Careen is a recipient of the Seniors of Distinction Award, Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Community Services Award, and the Labradorian of Distinction Award.