You do not have to spend a lot of time in northern Newfoundland or Labrador before you hear about Dr. Grenfell. We learned that he arrived in Newfoundland/Labrador in the early 1890's. He was there to provide medical support to those who previously had no medical access at all. What started as a missionary assignment from England turned into a lifetime personal project. He established hospitals, clinics, shelters, food banks and raised money around the world so that he could provide medical support to those who so desperately needed it. I have included some links that describe his amazing mission. One of the early events that caught the world's attention took place in 1908 and is described in the below poster.
For many years his organization was the primary and often only provider of medical and spiritual support for the people of Labrador. We visited his home and museum in St Anthony, where there are many reminders of his efforts. There is a collection of pictures from him and his friends available to look at in binders on the front veranda of his home. I spent as much time as I could looking through them and could have spent much longer, had I the time.
The large organization that he created was turned over to the provincial government in 1981 for a fee of one dollar, which was 41 years after his death. It is an amazing story of devotion to a worthwhile cause.