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Kamloops at 200: Love of golf, nature helps make a home
My husband Dan and I came to Kamloops in January 1993 with our one-year-old boy, Jimmy.
Dan had just been given a job at the Mt. Paul Golf Course as its head pro and we were excited for the move.
We had already moved from Vancouver to Whistler and again to the Island with Duncan Lakes Golf and Country Club.
We both really hoped to find a place to settle down and raise our family but were uncertain the golf business would deliver.
Thankfully, Mt. Paul Golf Course was our ticket.
By September 1995, we added another baby boy, Jake, to our family.
Things were busy with Dan at the course but he loved his work there.
He would work long days from morning until dark.
It wasn’t unusual for him to be gone to work before the kids were up and home after they went to bed.
But, that was the golf business in those days. Because it was a seasonal job, he would get the winters off to spend time with the family, but money was definitely tight around those times.
I worked as a bookkeeper part-time and eventually full-time once the kids were in school.
When the boys were both at Kamloops secondary, I registered in the horticulture program at Thompson Rivers University.
This has allowed me to work outside doing various projects and focus on tree health at the golf course, as well as spending more time with my husband.
The boys played rep hockey and lacrosse growing up.
Kamloops has a great lacrosse program with excellent coaching staff and were an important part of both Jimmy and Jake making it on Team BC Lacrosse teams.
Needless to say, we have spent almost as many hours at the arena and on the field cheering them on as we have at the golf course over the years.
Kamloops has been the perfect community and we have made such good friends in our 18 years here that I can’t think of a better place to have come to have raised our family.
We have truly been fortunate!
— Linda Latin