Interview with Kim Ouellete

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Interview with Kim Ouellete

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Date of Interview

2012

Duration of Audio File

01:01:29

Interviewee

Kim Ouellete

Gender

Female

Description

Ouellette describes life as a family member of a Fraser Mill worker.

Birth Place

Van Buren, Maine

Residence

South Portland, Maine

Occupation/Work History

Human Resources Manager, Southern Maine & Connecticut

Mill or Principal Employer

Fraser Paper Company

Mill Location

Madawaska, Maine

Keywords

Fraser Paper, Paper Industry - Maine, Labor Unions- Paper Industry, Acadien Culture and Family Life

Comments

Of special interest is her description of how the Acadian French of the Madawaska region (known as the "Valley" - short for the Upper St. John River Valley) inculcated a distinctive work ethic. Maine Acadians migrated since 1950 in significant numbers to Connecticut and later also Portland, Maine area. Acadian migrants recognize in each other this work ethic. Also describes the "matriarchal" character of daily life in Acadian families. With very large families - ranging from five to over twenty children - mothers are in charge of assigning work to children and enforcing their work discipline from a young age.

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Interview with Kim Ouellete


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