What makes Fernie special to you?

The people of Fernie is what makes it special for me.  Not just the people that currently call Fernie home but also the generations of people that helped shape and mould the fabric of our community.  The teachers that have taught and continue to teach the countless students over the past 100 plus years. The volunteers that worked endless hours over the decades. The coaches of our teams both past and present. The miners and loggers that worked so hard and raised their families here. The people with the foresight to see the possibilities that Fernie has to offer and were willing to take the leap of faith needed to explore those opportunities. The artists that have helped put Fernie on the map. People that stepped forward to form our City Councils that made the decisions that brought us here today.   Simply put It’s the people that make Fernie special.

What makes you proud to be Canadian?

I’m proud of Canadian people’s compassion & acceptance.  When travelling abroad, people are always so respectful and complimentary when they find out your Canadian. We are truly fortunate are to be Canadian and enjoy the freedoms that we do.

We are quietly a proud people – trying our best to help make the world a better place.

What’s your Fernie story?

My family has been here 110 plus years.  I was born and raised here as was my husband and we raised our four children here. Fernie is home – that is why we stay here; there is no other place I’d rather be.  Our families’ roots are deeply woven into the fabric of Fernie – my heart fills with pride when I walk uptown to see locals and visitors enjoying our community. We are a town filled with history- some colourful, some sad, and some which makes your heart sing. We have so much to offer in our community – active churches, active service clubs, a busy arena and aquatic Centre, a vibrant arts community, a library bursting with offerings, a seniors centre that’s vibrant,  a progressive museum that reaches into all aspects of our history, busy sports fields, wonderful shops and nearly every service that is needed.  Fernie is home and home is important to me.