What makes Fernie special to you?
What makes Fernie special to me – the lifestyle and ability to walk out my door and be in nature. It’s a place of joy and good spirits where people who are like minded can share in similar things and enjoy the company of total strangers as well as neighbours because of the attraction of like minded people. The fact that I can walk out my door and be able to cross country ski, mountain bike or go for a hike with my daughter and expose her to it at such a found age is another reason. I grew up in the mountains and love them, I am so thankful that I have been able to come back to the mountains and have the opportunity to raise a family in Fernie.
What makes you proud to be Canadian?
The love and kindness that we are known for, it gives a sense of respect when people come to visit or when we travel elsewhere. We’re known to be very laid back and passive, but I believe it’s more than that. We are honest and wholesome people and the fact that it’s felt throughout the world makes me proud when people ask and I get to tell them I’m from Canada. It’s amazing that people can tell just by our attitude and compassion that we have for human kind that we are Canadian.
The fact that we love other cultures and we are a melting pot makes it so wonderful. We get to create our own identity from the variety of people that Canada has within its borders and we welcome it. We keep a little piece of people and their characteristics and mix it in to crate our own identity that is different from other countries. And we don’t run around boasting about it. We just are “Canadian” and we don’t have to prove it.
What is your Fernie story?
My partner fell in love with this place years ago before we were ever in each other’s sights. When we got together we weren’t panning on moving here, but down the line, we both knew we wanted a better quality of life than just work and trying to work in our favourite activities when we had time. We sat down and said we needed to make a plan to get back to the lifestyle that we both loved. We discussed moving back to the mountains for me, as it was always my goal to move back home. He mentioned that he loved Fernie and asked if we could try it instead. I said sure why not.
We landed here in June of 2013, with a bang right around the time of the floods. I didn’t know anyone and just jumped right into my new job. We loved up on the ski hill where I could go biking and sit in the peace and quiet of the mountain. It’s been almost four years since we moved here and we have loved the seasons and adventures that Fernie has brought us and are so glad that we can call it home. We had a daughter last march and it’s been such an amazing event watching her take in the mountains, snow and wilderness everyday she sees something new and her eyes just light up.