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Jennifer Y's Story - Yellowknife

In 1996, my dad was working at Giant Mine and suggested I apply for a summer student position there. My brother told me Yellowknife was a great place to live, that I’d meet lots of people and have fun. Boy, were they right! I came up each summer until I moved here permanently after graduation in 2000. Now ten years later, I proudly call Yellowknife home.

Ontario didn’t have the opportunities of the North. To be able to use my Political Science degree in the Ontario government would have taken years because you need experience as well as education. In Yellowknife, recent graduates have the opportunity to build their experience. I was able to find work in just eight months.

I started my own company, J. Carey Consulting Evaluations Plus Ltd. in 2005 and I specialize in assessment and evaluation. It was a bit of a risk, but with the support of colleagues, friends and family, it’s been worth it.

I met my husband on a blind date 4 years ago and we’re hoping to have children soon. My brother still lives here and my sister moved back in 2008. Since we’re all here, Dad is thinking of moving back when he retires too.

We love the outdoors and get out in all kinds of weather. We go to our cabin (a tent frame on the North Arm of Great Slave Lake), camping at Kakisa or the East Arm. In summer we go by boat, in winter by snowmobile.

Other interests range from fitness, fishing, and walking our Lab, to scrap booking, cranberry picking and music events. It’s easy to become involved because people are willing to share their interests. Yellowknife is such a welcoming community that you’re sure to find your passion.