Weldon Bona

Director of Communications

For someone who is always behind the scenes, on the other side of the camera, it feels strange to be here on the pages of uinr.ca. Somehow,I’ve been able to avoid the spotlight, but, it’s time to come out from behind the curtain, introduce myself and tell you about what I do at UINR.

I like to say I have the best job at UINR. Everyone else does the work and I get to talk about it! My job is communications. I write stories, take photos, put together this newsletter, keep our website up-to-date, post on UINR Facebook and Twitter pages, design our posters, booklets and publications.

I love my work and what makes it really great is the people I work with. Like the title says, it really is all about the people. They make it easy for me to do my job. They are active, involved, committed, passionate, intelligent and dedicated to making Unama’ki a better place, not just for now, but for the future.

I live on the Bras d’Or Lakes and every day I walk along its shores. Eagles fly overhead, fish jump in the pond and I watch the seasons change in the plants and trees along the shores. I like to think that the work I do will help preserve and protect the environment that I am so fortunate to live in. The work we do at UINR is tangible and it’s gratifying to see the positive changes that come from our research and stewardship.

Before coming to UINR, I worked on communications for a diverse and varied client list including Sydney Tar Ponds, artsCape Breton, Cape Breton University, Celtic Colours, Enterprise Cape Breton, Parks Canada, Destination Cape Breton, numerous small businesses and, in the entertainment field, from Rita MacNeil to Sunfish, Summertime Revue to Dangerous Dreamers.

My work at UINR brings together everything I am interested in–the natural world and our responsibility to it. Something that my Mi’kmaw friends and coworkers understand so well.

 

Latest Issue of UINR MARTEN

Latest Issue of UINR MARTEN

February 17, 2017News

The latest issue of UINR MARTEN (our 44th issue!) is now available as a free download. In this issue we cover the release of our two new books on oysters in the cover story, Oyster2 and give information on how you can get free copies. In the News section we look at the recent People … Read More

UINR’s 2017 calendar

UINR’s 2017 calendar

December 25, 2016News, Unama'KIDS

UINR’s annual calendar goes out every year to our partners,  friends, and supporters of the work we do at Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources. The calendar takes you through the Mi’kmaw year, plotting moon cycles, Mi’kmaw celebrations, and other holidays. Each page includes a photograph that gives a snapshot of that month in Unama’ki. Here’s a link to a printable version. 

Two New Books on Oysters and Mi’kmaw Knowledge

Two New Books on Oysters and Mi’kmaw Knowledge

November 17, 2016News

Bras d’Or Lakes’ oysters have been harvested and enjoyed for thousands of years. UINR just published two new books on oysters–one, an illustrated children’s book in Mi’kmaw and English, and the other on Mi’kmaq ecological knowledge and scientific research. Both books are written by UINR’s Shelley Denny, Angela Denny, Emma Garden, and Tyson Paul. The Oyster Garden, Kiju’ … Read More

Oyster Expert Guest Speaker at Book Launch

Oyster Expert Guest Speaker at Book Launch

November 13, 2016News, Research

René Lavoie is UINR’s special guest speaker at the launch of UINR’s two new books on oysters on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 11:00 am at Membertou Heritage Park. Dr. Lavoie is no stranger to oysters. For nearly fifty years he has been involved in oyster management and research with DFO and Aquaculture Association of Canada. … Read More

New Interpretive Panels Unveiled

New Interpretive Panels Unveiled

June 16, 2016News, Partnerships

The Mi’kmaw flag flies proudly at the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Park, standing guard over the new set of interpretive panels that were developed in collaboration with UINR to share and celebrate Mi’kmaw culture in Unama’ki. The process started with Charlie Dennis and grew to include others including Nadine LeFort, Annie Johnson, Lisa Young … Read More

It's all about the people…Weldon Bona

It's all about the people…Weldon Bona

February 7, 2012Media, News, People

For someone who is always behind the scenes, on the other side of the camera, it feels strange to be here on the pages of the Marten. Somehow, over the past 24 issues I’ve been able to avoid the spotlight, but since this is our 25th issue, it’s time to come out from behind the … Read More

UINR's 2011 Calendar

UINR's 2011 Calendar

December 3, 2010News

Every year UINR publishes a calendar and this year we are featuring plants of cultural importance to the Mi’kmaq people. Every year our calendars go fast! If you would like to receive a copy send your contact information right away to info@uinr.ca. Only one calendar per address. This is one that you won’t want to … Read More

First CAMP in region

First CAMP in region

November 15, 2009News, Research

First CAMP in region Community Aquatic Monitoring Program– CAMP is a project where communities monitor the health and marine productivity of their local aquatic ecosystem. From May–September, we monitored six sites around the Bras d’ Or Lakes using protocols developed by Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Long-term monitoring of fish and crustacean species, water temperature, salinity … Read More

Unama’KIDS

Unama’KIDS

June 27, 2008News, Unama'KIDS

In this issue we introduce you to the Unama’KIDS! These fourteen Grade 5 students were selected by their teachers to participate in a new UINR project that focuses on natural resources and the environment. One of our goals at UINR is to reach the youth in our communities and work with them to determine what … Read More

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