What makes Fernie special to you? 

Fernie is a small town with a big personality so I just fit right in. Living in Fernie gives me the freedom to do what I love each and every day while being a part of a community that embraces individuality and an outdoor lifestyle. I never know exactly what my day is going to turn out like but I can almost always guarantee that my day will be great. I like to theme my days depending on what needs to get done and then see where it takes me. I always run into familiar faces on the street and that’s the reason I love being a Fernie-ite. Those people have helped make Fernie my home and I’m happy to give back to the community in my own way. Whether it’s running Karaoke on Tuesday night at the Royal or helping run the Ultimate Griz contest I feel like I’m an eccentric character in this small town and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

What makes you proud to be Canadian?

I love being able to say that I am from Canada. Canada has so much to offer because it is a country that welcomes diversity and you can easily see it no matter where you go. Whether it is the difference in geography from Province to Province that makes it so unique or the wide range of culture that is present throughout this country Canada is a truly beautiful place. I don’t even feel like I need a passport because why would I ever leave?!

What is your Fernie story?

I came here for a month long ski vacation and it’s turned into a five year long ski vacation. When I went back to Ontario to work for the summer and fall I knew I’d be back the following winter. I drove back across the country in my ’92 Buick Le Sabre and we’ve both been here ever since. My car may be dead in my driveway but I’m still living the Fernie dream. Why am I still here? Fernie, where young people come to retire.