Exit to Edmonton
By Christopher Tse
I grew up in St. Albert and I've lived in the Edmonton area all my life. Just like most of my friends, I grew up focusing a lot of my time on an exit strategy.
The allure of a bigger city where the sky was the limit pulled at my heartstrings, but something pulled me back.
After graduating from the University of Alberta, I started a great career as a lab research technician. In 5 years, I eventually held a position as a lab manager. During that time, there was a significant lesson my Alma Mater taught me: In order to gain fulfillment in life, we must learn to contribute back to the community.
The progressive change of my views forced me to firmly plant my feet: to stay in Edmonton. I began to appreciate the wonders that this community provides. The feeling of a tight knit community resounds through the streets; the number and diversity of the events in Edmonton are simply astonishing. It seems as if every time I turn around, a new event is coming to life. To me, the allure of this city stems from the quality of the community, not the quantity of events.
I decided to take a big step and open my own business. A year and a half ago, with Brett Kirkland as my business partner, Blitz Conditioning came to life with one sole mandate: to create a community focused on holistic health. Our passion and our heritage in Edmonton has allowed us to expand Blitz Conditioning; we started in a small 400 square foot room, and now have a lease on a 4000 square foot establishment in the Oliver Square area. At Blitz Conditioning, we pride ourselves on contributing back to our local community. We provide health information to people through our website, encourage healthy lifestyles, and donate our time and money to charitable organizations. With our community as a priority, our membership base has grown from 30 people to over 275 people in just a year and a half.
I value the new friendships and the opportunities that have presented themselves just because I've accepted this city and what it has to offer into my heart. Edmonton is undeniably one of the best cities to live in. Our diversity empowers each of us to grow independently, while also allowing us to be part of an integrated community. I see Edmonton as a place that is open to change, a place where the sky is the limit both personally and professionally, for myself and the rest of our community.