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Kelsey's Story - Yellowknife

I first came north in 2007, when after my 2nd year of University I came to Yellowknife to live and work with my relatives in search of adventure for the summer. I don’t remember giving it much thought as I boarded the plane from Ottawa, but after that first summer I knew I would be back. I spent 3 more summers in Yellowknife and am now calling it home. I’ve discovered an incredible community I didn’t even know I was looking for. 

Though my upbringing is ‘city girl’, Yellowknife offers the activities and lifestyle I was missing while working in the city and living for the weekends at our family cottage. With nature now in my front and backyard, I experience it every day.

I’ve been fortunate to get a job in my field right out of university, starting my career with valuable experiences and a dynamic team. I’m able to have a happy work-life balance and I take full advantage of Yellowknife’s arts community and culture. I have volunteered and participated in music festivals, art shows, conferences, and fundraisers. Playing the fiddle in a local band has allowed me to meet many other musicians and music lovers, travel, and showcase my talents. When I tell friends back home the kind of activities I’m doing, they marvel at my social calendar. My toughest decisions are whether to decide between two-stepping to live music at the Range, fishing on the Ingraham Trail, or to a film screening at NACC – life is good! Leading a healthy and active lifestyle is easy with gorgeous trails to run and hike, running groups and competitions, and recreational teams to join like basketball and softball.

At the top of my long list of reasons I love the North would have to be its eclectic people. They’re why I stay. I’ve developed friendships that will last a lifetime and they make the distance from my family less tough.

At the end of the day, I may be making my mark in the Northwest Territories but it has made an indelible mark on me.