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Alex's Story -Yellowknife

I was living in Toronto and big-city life was not for me. I resigned from my job, gave up my apartment and came north for new challenges – with no intention of going back. That was 22 years ago. My husband and I own Midnight Sun Energy Ltd. together, a company that supplies goods and services primarily to the mining and exploration industries. We started as a remote power company in 1993. In addition to working there, doing customer service, marketing, finance, and whatever else needs to be done, I’m pursuing a M.Sc. degree and also have a part-time equine and canine therapy business. I have a husband and two children, both born here. Sierra is 21 and in her third year at SFU. Logan is almost 17 and at private school on Vancouver Island.

We are a very athletic and well-travelled family. I established a small stable here for my two horses and that requires about 4 hours of chores daily. My husband and I like to go to the gym, kayak, run and bike and he’s an avid fly-fisherman. We also like to go to our cabin at Walsh Lake. I don’t think life could have been the same in the South. Northerners are a hardy breed and we accomplish things southerners would not even dream about. It’s been a great place to safely and happily raise our children, grow our business and carve out a unique life.

Most days I at least strive for a multi-faceted balance – albeit a tiring one! Every day I’m involved with my business, my kids (often parenting by text message now!), my horses, my education, and helping others in my life. While I do dream of greener pastures (literally) for my horses, we have created a great life here.