I used to own a convenience store in town, but I had the opportunity to build and open a new Super A Foods store here in 2008. Now that I’m a business owner with a staff of about 50, I have an even greater sense of the responsibility that goes with it. I care about my staff and their families.
Most of my family still lives here in Hay River – I have 3 siblings, a husband and 2 kids – my son Carter, 13 and daughter Bryn, 11. We are very involved in sports. My son was picked for the Bantam hockey team for the Arctic Winter Games and we we’re so proud that Team NWT won gold in Grande Prairie, Alberta. It’s almost like a mini-Olympics and they got to go for free! The level of travel possible in the North is unheard of in the South. The possibilities and opportunities kids have up here to travel and compete in their sport are amazing.
In the spring and summer we turn our attention to track and field. Every year about 1200 kids from all over the NWT come to Hay River to compete in a territorial track and field event. It’s a wonderful opportunity for them to make new friends, learn the meaning of friendly competition and show their skill. Family is a huge part of my life and in Hay River we are one big family. When something happens it affects us all. We really feel that bond and sense of community.