We came to the North because we wanted to raise our children at home. My husband quit his job and we opted for an adventure where I worked and he initially stayed home with our daughter. I was hired for a 1-year term position as a Community Health Nurse in Nunavut. But, missing trees, we moved to the NWT for a 2-year stint in Norman Wells – the trees and mountains are gorgeous there! After my husband joined the RCMP, we spent the next 3 years in Yellowknife, then back to Norman Wells for another 3 years, where I was Nurse-in-Charge at the Health Center. We’ve been back Yellowknife for a year and thoroughly enjoy “city life”.
I’m now a Nurse Educator Mentor with the GNWT. It’s my responsibility to help new graduates and nurses with little or no community nursing experience transition into the role of Community Health Nurse. I love my job! In the South, I would have spent the last 10 years working in a hospital and would have never been exposed to the variety of nursing found in the North, nor made the lasting relationships I have with people from all walks of life.
We now have 3 children, ages 10, 6 and 4, and are so proud they’ve been raised here and we look forward to the endless opportunities the North offers them. They are involved in extracurricular activities like dancing and swimming. We love the fact they have been raised in a community-minded environment.
Moving north turned out to be the best decision we ever made. We both have careers we love and we got to raise our family at home. And who wouldn’t love that on any given day, you could see wildlife or the beauty of the Northern Lights through your living room window?