Meet the Committee

The team that makes it all possible!

Gros Morne Fall Festival and Craft Fair is organized by a small but committed band of volunteers that make up the Cow Head Conservation and Heritage Committee. Meet the Committee!


Glenda Reid Bavis -Chair Volunteer Curator/Festival Coordinator

Glenda’s ancestors were among the first European settlers who settled Cow Head in 1816 and she has spent most of her life in the little town. As a result, she feels understandably ‘rooted’ to this place. Glenda has been involved in Heritage since 1990, as a volunteer and staff member at the Dr. Henry N. Payne Community Museum, as a committee member with the War Memorial Committee, as well as offering guided tours of ‘the Head’. Glenda spends a great deal of time helping coordinate Gros Morne Fall Fest each year. In addition, she sits on the Great Northern Peninsula Heritage Network as  Chair; was a long time board member for the Museum Association of Newfoundland and Labrador; is involved with St. Mary’s Anglican Church; and is a member of the STAR (Sustainable Tourism for Areas and Regions) Committee a the Rug Hooking Guild of Newfoundland and Labrador. A talented craftsperson, Glenda enjoys mat hooking, painting, sewing, reading, photography, traditional dancing, gardening, golfing, traveling, and the great outdoors. Most of all, she loves to spend time with family and friends.

Carol Payne - Director

Born in Lark Harbour, NL, Carol brings business know-how and a teacher’s touch to the team. After completing high school in 1960, Carol attended Teacher’s Training in St. John’s, NL and has taught school in Hawkes Bay, Cow Head and St. Paul’s, NL. Carol has also worked in the Policy Accounting Department for a large insurance provider during four years spent in Toronto, ON, going on to own and managing two businesses for more than twenty years. Carol moved to Cow Head in 1967 and retired from business in 2009. She has always been an active, involved member of the community, serving on various committees, including the ACW and as a Town Councillor. Carol presently serves on four boards: Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador (TNL), Cow Head Conservation and Heritage, and Cow Head Housing and Ambulance. Carol loves to travel, can often be found buried in a good book, and enjoys a good walk.

Stephanie Payne Vice Chair

                (Director/Musical Director/Actor/Teacher)

Stephanie is from Cow Head and lives here with her three beautiful children.  Stephanie was lucky to be born into very artistically and musically talented families. (The Paynes from Cow Head and the Fowlers from Capstan Island in Southern Labrador) . Stephanie performs and directs with the Gros Morne Theatre Festival and substitute teaches during the remainder of the year. 

Paula Whelan- Secretary/Treasurer

 Nora Shears - Director

Born in Norris Point and raised in Cow Head, NL, Nora is the longest serving member of the Cow Head Conservation and Heritage Committee. A lover of people, she brings energy and great dedication to the team. Nora has lived in Toronto and St. John’s, until finally her hometown of Cow Head beckoned her return. She is employed by Newfoundland & Labrador Public Libraries (NLPL) and has worked as the local Librarian in Cow Head since January 1992, still enjoying her work to the fullest. Nora has always been an active volunteer. She has served – and is still actively serving – on many boards, including Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador (TNL), President of the local ACW, member of the War Memorial Committee, and as a volunteer Lay Minister with Anglican Church for over twenty years. Nora enjoys her travels, which have taken her to Scotland, the Bahamas, Mexico, Texas, and British Columbia, while her bucket list includes visiting all the beautiful nooks and crannies in her home province. She also enjoys hiking, biking, skiing, writing, reading, and collecting beach glass.

Pamela Sheppard – Director

Born and raised in Cow Head, NL, after graduating from Greavett Memorial Central High School in Cow Head, Pam went on to attend Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John’s, where she graduated with a Degree in Education. Pam is proud to say she devoted thirty years of her life to teaching – a profession she dearly loved. She taught one year in Woody Point, one year in Parson’s Pond, and the remaining twenty-eight years in her hometown of Cow Head. Over the years, Pam has served on various committees in her community, including the School Council, PTA, Lioness Club, Local Library Board, and Scouting-Beavers, to name a few. Pam is presently serving on the Cow Head Conservation and Heritage Committee and is very involved with the Gros Morne Fall Fest. Pam loves reading, quilting, doing crafts, and has a passion for cooking. She also loves to travel, as well as spending time with her children during the winter in Calgary. 

Shawn McNevin - Director

Shawn McNevin is a CFBC (Come from-a-way by choice).  She was born in Deep River ON, moved to Ottawa ON in the mid 60’s then moved to Chelsea QC in 1976.

Shawn was so deeply moved by Newfoundland’s rugged landscape on her first visit to Newfoundland 1999, that she purchased property on “The Head” in Cow Head in 2000.

Since then she has changed her residency to NL and continues to split her time between two homes (May - October in Cow Head, November - April in Chelsea). 

Shawn is a graduate of Algonquin College, Graphic Design in 1971 and Ottawa School of Art in 1989. She continues to work in the visual arts as artist and teacher, paints full time and operates Studio 167.  Her work is represented in many Private, Public and Corporate collections in Canada, USA and Internationally.  She is a member of Bonne Bay Search & Rescue and K9 SAR NL.  She is also a member of the Rug Hooking Guild of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Ottawa Olde Forge Rug Hooking Branch, ON.

Her interests are in product development for traditional and contemporary arts & crafts, rug hooking, hiking, kayaking, and graphic design.


Veronica Bavis - Director

Veronica ( Roni) grew up in Cow Head and attended Mount Allison University in New Brunswick where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree. She moved back to Newfoundland and began and continues to work with Service Canada. After living in Corner Brook/Massey Drive for twenty years, Roni , her husband and six cats moved back home to Cow Head.

Taught to knit by her grandmother at the tender age of four years, Roni is an avid knitter whose work sells at the Dr. Henry N. Payne Community Museum Craft Shop. A passion she is planning to pursue by building a studio on her property . As well she grows a very successful vegetable garden.

Deanna Hutchings- Director     

Deanna grew up in Cow Head and her and her partner now raise three beautiful children. An avid volunteer, Deanna works as a Home Care Worker as well as with the Gros Morne Theatre Festival . Deanna and her soulmate are now partners in the very new Brown Brothers Farm, raising animals and growing vegetables.  .                                                                                          

Karen Biggin (White) – Museum Manager

Karen began working with the Cow Head Conservation and Heritage Committee in 2016 and is currently the seasonal Manager at the Dr. Henry N. Payne Community Museum and Craft Shop. Born and raised on the Great Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland, in the small community of Parsons Pond, along with her three siblings, Karen now continued to raise her only son in that very same community. A graduate of Cow Head School Complex Karen went on to complete and Office Technology Course at Academy Canada, Corner Brook Campus, graduating with honours in 2014. Currently residing in Gros Morne National Park, in the small community of Cow Head, with her fiancé and her two puppies, Karen loves to travel and experience new things, camping and the great outdoors, and spending time with family and friends (as well as making new friends!)


Shawn McNevin - Director

Shawn is a renowned artist and designer who brings her creative thinking to the team. Born in Deep River, Ontario, she is a graduate of the Ottawa School of Art who today divides her time between Chelsea, QC and Cow Head, NL, where she owns a home and art studio – Studio 167 – on ‘The Head’. A fulltime artist, Shawn also teaches art and enjoys crafts, interior design, hiking, and kayaking. She is a member of the Ontario Hooking Craft Guild, the Ottawa Olde Forge Rug Hooking Branch, and the Rug Hooking Guild of Newfoundland and Labrador.