The Right Fit for my Family
I am a real family guy, so when we were considering a move to Edmonton three years ago, things like family-friendly activities, a sense of community, and a bright future were high on our priority list. Our children were young, aged 3 and 6, and if we were going to leave our home in Regina, we wanted to do it before our kids put down roots at school. Moving is a big decision and the timing was right, but would Edmonton be the right fit for our family?
I have two boys who play hockey and that means we eat, live and breathe hockey for about eight months of the year. In that regard, Edmonton seemed like a good fit for us! Whether it is watching the Oilers or hanging out at local rinks and watching our boys play, Edmonton provides the grassroots community we want. But our family is active, and as busy as hockey keeps us, we have other interests. We talked to friends and family in Edmonton and discovered that Edmonton is a great home-base for trips to places like Drumheller to see the dinosaurs or Jasper for skiing. We were told about West Edmonton Mall and the famous waterpark (which our boys love!) and the beautifully treed parks for bike riding and hiking. These all seemed like good reasons to choose Edmonton.
So we decided to take the plunge, Edmonton it was. We had done our research and felt good about our decision, but you never really know, do you?
My work at the Alberta Cancer Foundation confirmed I made the right choice. I am the Director of Annual Giving and as part of the team at the ACF, from the volunteers and staff at the foundation to the oncologists and researchers at the Cross Cancer Institute, I have witnessed their shared, resolute belief in a cancer-free future. The work here is world-class and the determination to succeed is awe-inspiring. Cancer has touched my family and I know it could touch me, or more importantly my wife or children. If someone was diagnosed with cancer 25 years ago, the outlook was pretty bleak. Today, there are many options available, with more being discovered all the time. As a father, this progress means the world to me and it is something I am proud to be part of.
Daryl Silzer is the Director of Annual Giving at the Alberta Cancer Foundation, raising funds for cancer research and prevention in Alberta, as well as cancer treatment facilities such as the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton. He is proud to be part of the Alberta Cancer Foundation’s vision of a cancer-free future.