Living in Yellowknife is all about living in balance. We are originally from Sudbury, Ontario, but my husband, Patrick, and I were in Ottawa, and finding “big city life” was not for us. My husband had lived in the North and wanted to return. We thought in Yellowknife we could have the balance of great career opportunities and the lifestyle we wanted, so we found jobs and moved here in 2003. Since then we’ve made a family here with three young children Sheldon, Aubrey and Emilie, and our dog Simon. We’ve also an extended family of incredibly close friends.
I work for Indian and Northern Affairs Canada as Product Development Officer. It’s a great job that feeds my creativity, while allowing me to balance work and family life. In Southern Canada we would probably live in a big city and have all the stresses that come with it. I can’t imagine having the kind of life that is about dropping the kids off to daycare, working all day and then driving home to spend too little time with my family before I have to start all over again.
Instead, here, we have the time and proximity to enjoy outdoor activities year-round – like getting out on the boat, camping, fishing on Great Slave Lake, hiking and making the most of those long, sunny days of summer. Winter means snowmobiling and tobogganing with the family. I must say it’s spectacular to find your own island to camp on, or your own ice fishing lake! Apart from my family, my passion is painting; the quiet beauty that surrounds me here inspires me. The light is spectacular and it makes me want to express the beauty in my life. If life is about balance, then I have found the secret.