I arrived in Yellowknife in November 1974. I was young and in love, but my love for the North is a lifelong commitment. I was trained as a Dietitian. When I moved here there were no jobs in my field. I created my niche with the GNWT and have never looked back. I have had the opportunity to create positions, design programs and services, see them to fruition, participate in research and learn about so many different cultures. Today I work in Integrated Services with Yellowknife Health and Social Services Authority.
I have 3 children, born and raised here – Julia is completing her PhD and would like to move back home with her husband when done; Jocelyn is a small business owner and happily married in Yellowknife; and Michael has worked in several vocations while continuing his education. I have 2 granddaughters here and another grandchild on the way. Yellowknife has been a wonderful place to raise a family.
I am a berry-picking addict – cranberries in particular. I have been known to pick after the snow has fallen, cleaning off those precious little jewels with my dogs tail! I bake cranberry orange muffins and share them as we pick this year’s harvest. It feeds my love of the outdoors.
But my biggest ongoing activity is volunteer work. I am passionate about human rights and social justice. There are so many opportunities to participate whether the issue is food security, women’s rights or homelessness. There would be different opportunities in the South but I have had so many here that wouldn’t have happened elsewhere. I would also be driving for hours to get to work or find a quiet retreat. Here I am at work in 9 minutes and I only have to walk out my front door to find my solitude.