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Sheri's Story - Yellowknife

I came to Yellowknife because my best friend was living here and told me that I should and try it.  Work in Bridgetown, Nova Scotia was scarce in 1995 so I took the chance, gave myself a year, and the rest is history.

I’m married and expecting a baby in April. My husband owns his own business. We also have two dogs, which keep us pretty active. For many years I played slopitch in the summers – now we like to camp and go fishing. It’s easy to become involved in what interests you in the NWT because there’s always someone to share your interest. I have a wonderful group of girlfriends that have become like my family – people you can count on no matter what’s going on in your life.

 I work for Justice Canada as a Paralegal. I make good money and I don’t have to work 18 hours a day to make ends meet.  My quality of life is much better in Yellowknife.  Although things are a bit more expensive up here and there are some inconveniences when the ferry goes out and the ice road isn’t yet in, I’d rather be here than in the South. I moved to Calgary for a year, but came back. I found it was really hard to meet people in the big city. Yellowknife definitely has that small town feel. People here are open and friendly and make you feel welcome.

My dad was in the armed forces, so I’m fortunate to have seen a lot of Canada.  I went to high school in Goose Bay, Labrador and found the climate and surroundings similar so it wasn’t as big of a shock as it might have been. I recommend good food, good friends and a good winter jacket to see you through the winter!