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Diana's Story - Yellowknife

When I graduated from high school, I had a dream – to have my own graphic design studio.  Today, I’m living the dream in more ways than I ever thought possible. Living and working in the North has been a great success so far. And I recently celebrated my 10th year as a small graphic design company.

Owning my own business has also allowed me the flexibility to have a great life with my kids, Matthew and Ally. My husband, Trevor, and I are a part of everything they do – hockey, baseball, ballet, curling, and so much more. They have so many opportunities to be challenged in all areas, whether through sports, academics, fine arts, or just about anything they can think of. Best of all, it doesn’t take 20 to 30 minutes in traffic to get them there on time. We can be there in 7 minutes flat, wherever we need to be.  Where else can you do this! I’m a made in the North northerner. My parents came here from Wales in the 1960s and still live here. My sister, her husband and kids are here too.  There’s nowhere else any of us want to be. But the feeling of “family” is more than blood. The girlfriends I spend Friday nights eating sushi, drinking wine and laughing with each week are my extended family.

I’ve lived enough winters to know it’s the friends we have that make winters a “breeze”. In Yellowknife there are no snowstorms we have to dig our vehicles out of. Nothing stops at -40. Yes it’s cold and the days are short, and the kids are bundled up so we can’t see their faces, but we all love winter. We even have an icerink in our back yard! And don’t forget, at the opposite end of winter are glorious days of never-ending light and sun, swimming at the lake, barbecues and golfing at midnight. Making your mark here has a lot to do with how much you’re prepared to embrace opportunities, invest in yourself, and in the community. Best investment I ever made.