What makes Fernie special to you?
It is really tough for me to put into words how this unique mountain town, this little valley bottom, can hold something so magical. It’s really only something you can truly feel by being here, by immersing yourself in. The sense of community, the support, the friendships, the love, essentially the family that Fernie is, paired with the endless beauty and adventure this place has to offer, makes it so very special.
What makes you proud to be a Canadian?
In one word, freedom. Freedom makes me proud to be Canadian. We are so fortunate to be able to do just about anything we can put our minds to. We are free to travel, to play, to work, to try. We are free to choose, to love, to change, to be fearless. We are free to argue, to challenge, to have perspective. We are free to live, and that makes me so proud, and grateful, to be Canadian.
What is your Fernie story?
I knew I wanted to live in the mountains and ski for a season after university, but I really didn’t know what that was going to look like. I knew what I didn’t want – a commute, a big city, a need for a car. I wanted simple. Somehow Fernie got on my radar, and the chips fell, almost effortlessly, into place. I moved here in January 2004 and within a few days, I met Jodie and Jeanne who gave me my first job at Mugshots. I spent the whole season sleeping on the floor with my therma-rest and sleeping bag. I was surrounded by some of the most wonderful people, and I skied more than I ever had in my life. I may have been the happiest kid in Canada. In the beginning, I moved every six months until I finally spent a summer here and officially made Fernie my home. I get outside to play as often as I can, and I still get that same wonderful feeling of not really being able to explain just what it is about this little mountain town that makes it so special to me.