If there ever were such a position as Ambassador of the Northwest Territories, I’d love the job. I’ve certainly had a lot of practice at it! I travel a fair bit and everywhere I go I take NWT tourism information brochures, booklets, DVDs, even a license plate – whatever I can lay my hands on. The NWT is unique and mysterious to people from southern Canada. There is so much misconception about the North and I feel compelled to correct the myths. I am proud to have been born and raised in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories; and except for leaving for my undergrad and Masters degrees, and a 6-month stint doing circumpolar research in Norway, I’ve lived here all my life. I’m passionate about where I come from and love to share that with other people. While I’ve traveled across the NWT and to several other countries, I have yet to find a place that I could even consider planting new roots in. Yellowknife is a big part of my identity. You can't find a place anywhere like it.
I love so many things about Yellowknife – nature is so accessible; there’s never any shortage of things to do here; the career opportunities are numerous; there is a very strong sense of community; there is a strong and vibrant arts community (which I love!); and you can’t walk a half-block without saying hello to someone you know. You can be whoever you want to be. Whenever I meet someone who is new in town, through work or at the local pub, I do whatever I can to make them comfortable here; show them around and make sure they see what Yellowknife has to offer. It makes me feel like I’m doing my part as a resident. Over the past 4 years, I’ve focused on growing my photography business and am currently preparing for a year of world travels and freelancing (photography and writing). To join me on my journeys (via blog and photos), be sure to visit www.tawnabrown.com and subscribe to the blog.