What makes Fernie special to you?
The mountains, the open spaces and the people. Fernie is special for me because it is where I met my wife and where my two little boys are going to grow up. I love that Fernie has this amazing pool of like-minded people all working towards different causes. For example who knew that 10 years after arriving here there would be enough French families and a strong enough driving force to open up a francophone school? Or enough people into mountain biking to get a dirt jump, just to point out a few. We are so lucky to call this place home.
What makes you proud to be Canadian?
I am proud to be Canadian because I find that Canadians, generally speaking, are very open minded people. I feel at ease speaking my mind and very fortunate knowing that I have the freedom to do so. I am so blessed that my children will grow up in a country where they can feel safe. Where they have freedom of expression and are exposed to a multitude of opportunities.
I also love that Canada has four distinct seasons, each one announcing the beginning of something familiar and but new.
What is your Fernie story?
I arrived here from Montreal 13 years ago, and like many before me, I came for ski season, then never left. I fell in love with the mountains, the outdoors and the people. I started out as a ski bum working at the Ski Hill for a season, then at Ski Base as a boot fitter. I now work at the mines as an electrician. Having met my wife here, we decided this is where we wanted our children to grow up. We’ve made some amazing friends here, some of whom we even consider as family. It was easy to see why Fernie would be a great place to raise our boys. I hope we never have to leave!