Prince Rupert is a real gem
After having lived in Prince Rupert for almost 24 years, I left a great position at Northwest Community College, sold my ocean-view home and moved to Ontario's wine country to start a new adventure.
Although it was the right move for me at this point in my life, I feel so blessed for having lived in Prince Rupert. From the day I arrived in January 1989, people were nothing but welcoming and friendly and it remained that way until I left late in September.
I share this with you because it's easy to forget what a jewel Prince Rupert is.
When I describe Prince Rupert and the northwest to my new colleagues and friends in Ontario, they look at me with utter shock and ask how I could have ever left such a beautiful area. I am forever mindful of the pristine beauty, clean air, unclogged roadways, and fresh fish (Boy, I miss the fish!) that I left behind. I have incredibly fond memories of the special places in Prince Rupert: Butze Rapid Trail, the walk along the ocean front, The Crest, Cow Bay Café, Homework, the friendly folks at our grocery stores, Cow Bay Gift Galley, Cow Bay Café, our fantastic library, the PAC, etc.
I could go on and on, but most importantly, it's the people I will remember the most. Prince Rupert and the northwest truly is one of the friendliest places I have ever lived and worked. Through my work at NWCC, I was fortunate to have worked with colleagues in Haida Gwaii, Terrace, Kitimat, Hazelton, Smithers, and Houston, and the people there were as equally warm and welcoming. Northwestern B.C. is a gem!
Prince Rupert and its wonderful folks will live forever in my heart, and to those friends, neighbours, colleagues, and former students that I did not have a chance to say farewell, please know, that I am grateful to have had you in my life.
(Always a Rupertite in spirit)