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Loretta's Story - Yellowknife

It seems those of us who lived in the North as young kids can’t seem to let it go. My family is from a small fishing village in Quebec that was accessible only by plane or boat. My dad eventually became a Wildlife Officer and I spent much of my childhood living in small communities in the Eastern and Western Arctic. I finished high school in Yellowknife and, following my dad’s tracks, graduated from in the Renewable Resources Technology Program at what was then Arctic College in Fort Smith.

In 2003, I was completing my Masters degree in Environmental Geology in Ohio, when I got word that my application for an internship offered to northern graduates was accepted. By then I had two children and when I got the call to work for the GNWT in Yellowknife, I quickly finished my thesis and our family headed north. One thing led to another and I’m now directing my years of learning into preserving the incredible diversity of our northern ecosystem at Environment and Natural Resources.

As my life took root in the North, so has my family. I’m now the proud mother of four kids – Torin, 12; Sebastian, 9; Jaida, 6; and Isaac, 2. Together we do most of the outdoor things a typical family in Yellowknife takes for granted – we camp, fish, canoe – and all these wonderful activities are accessible in minutes.I think how I can best explain how unique it is to live here is that last weekend we decided on the spur of the moment to take a drive on an ice road near Dettah and go ice fishing. It’s something that just wouldn’t be possible to do in the South without a lot of planning and driving to make it happen. I am blessed to be able to pass along my love of the outdoors to my kids that my dad passed onto me. That’s what makes life here so special.