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Cailey's Story - Yellowknife

The NWT is in my blood. I was born in Yellowknife and my family has strong roots here.  My father was also born here and my mother moved here when she was 19, so their love for the North has rubbed off on my sister and I.

I went to university in the South, and graduated without a huge debt hanging over my head, but I chose to come back, not because I had to, but because I love it here and wouldn't want to live anywhere else. I work in accounting and payroll and help with advertising, hiring, training, and IT. We have a very close working environment, which makes me enjoy my job that much more. I've also recently returned to school to study massage therapy. I'm a full-time student, but I work part-time. 

I live with my husband, Steve, our two-year-old daughter, Penelope, and our Husky, Sulu, and that’s our little family. It’s very easy to get involved here. We volunteer with the NWTSPCA and feel strongly about adopting pets. We’re also very involved in activities for our daughter, like music class, swimming lessons, skating lessons and gymnastics. Oh yes – and I take as many crafting and quilting classes as I can. It’s a busy life!

Being born here, I don’t feel I have a higher tolerance for the cold, I just know how to prepare myself and stay warm. I love winter and no matter how cold it gets, I don’t complain – it’s all part and parcel of this Yellowknife gig. I find the dry cold in the NWT a lot easier to cope with than a wet, damp cold.  I have invested in a great winter jacket and always wear mitts and a scarf.

I am well travelled and have seen some wonderful places throughout the world, but I always come home to the unique beauty of the North. I’m in a very happy place right now – I wouldn’t have it any other way.