There is no better example of a Labrador West pioneer than Darrel Brenton. Darrel arrived in Labrador West from Corner Brook Newfoundland in August of 1971 and has been an engaged and active part of the community ever since.
He was an employee of the Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC) and retired from there after serving 28 years. Darrel raised four children in Lab West and has three of his children still living and working here as proud Labradorians. He also has seven grandchildren and one great grandchild carrying on the legacy of his family.
Darrel has been a great example of a fully committed life of selfless volunteerism to the community of Labrador West from the day he arrived. He has spent a total of 20 years at the council table of Labrador City. Seven of these years he spent as a councillor and 13 years as the Mayor.
He has sat at the council table for all of these years faced with many of the important growth and operational issues. For example, negotiations with IOC on policy and procedure relative to the town’s relationship with the company and the necessary decision-making process was always an important part of the business at hand.
He indicated the changing faces at the council table and the political stripes of those people seated there had to take a back seat in any decisions and be based on what was in the best interests of the town and its residents.
The working relationships that occurred between many of the other individuals often times evolved into personal friendships that still exist today long after council duties ended.
It was important to Darrel to mention with pride, the wonderful team and how proud he was of the town employees who worked as a team dedicated in delivering the best service to the community as possible.
Darrel also gave 12 years to the Steel Workers Union 5795 sitting on its executive and working diligently on the membership’s behalf.
Since Darrel’s retirement from IOC and his time with the union he hasn’t slowed down much. His dedication to the community at large through his volunteerism doesn’t allow him much slack time.
His constant efforts include any necessary initiatives with the Lion’s Club, the Wabush Legion, the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association and as chair of the winter carnival committee.
Any organization that has any fundraising tickets to be sold can be sure that Darrel will have several books hanging out of his pocket with his never-ending efforts to sell every last one.
At the end of it all, Darrel has given of himself and his constant efforts to the entire community for all of these years. When asked about the driving force that continues to motivate him, his answer was quick and simple, “I don’t have anywhere else that I would rather be.”