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Jean's Story - Yellowknife

I love my life here and wouldn’t think about living elsewhere right now. I had been working in Halifax with the federal government for about 6 years, when I applied on a higher-level Yellowknife job posting. I moved here in September 1997. I am now the Regional IT Manager (NWT) for Indian & Northern Affairs Canada. I am responsible for managing the work of anything IT-related. Because I had already made my start with the feds, I probably would have the same opportunities down south. However, there is a quality of life here that you can’t find easily in the major centres – the time to see and feel nature; the joy of knowing those around you; the moments you feel so alive and so aware of all that surrounds you.

I met and married my wife here and we have three sons and two dogs. I also have my niece and many friends, which I consider like family. My wife has all her family here. We visit all the time – playing cards every other week is a must – and lots of fun. I am very competitive, and love winning! As a family, we like to be outdoors summer and winter. We enjoy snowmobiling, boating, fishing, playing soccer, street hockey, swimming, bowling, and going to movies. I also exercise and play sports. I enjoy my toys: my sports car and motorcycle in summer and my super-fast Skidoo in winter. I also build and fix things around the house – I never thought I’d turn into such a handy man! It is so easy to reach out to others here and to find the time to get to know them, to share. People are very generous. You can achieve anything you want up here, or be anyone you want to be.