Edmonton has one of the highest per capita incomes in the country, coupled with the lowest tax burden in Canada.
- A City of Loving and Living - Cheryl Kerr
In fact, her son Tom’s friend, Tommy Banks, preferred Helen’s chocolate chip cookies to the ones his own mother made.
- A Strange Way of Growing On You - Riki Roy
We were living in Tanzania when our young son decided he wanted to do nanotechnology. I found that the University of Alberta would be starting this program. But where was this place called Edmonton?
- All-Season City - Sunny & Ishpreet Lamba
Sunny and Ishpreet Lamba weren't sold on the move to Edmonton until they realized the lifestyle advantages. For Sunny and Ishpreet, Edmonton is an all-season city.
- An Unusual Move - Roman Doshchak
Obviously moving to Edmonton is a little bit unusual for someone who had it as good as I did.
- Caring for Canines - Debbie Ward
I never thought I’d be living with nine greyhounds. But after falling in love with this often inhumanely treated breed there was no turning back.
- Coming Home - Kristi Tencarre
I admit there are times when I miss the ocean and green of the rainforest, but the constant sunshine is a bright reminder of why I love this area of Canada.
- Crossing One Bridge - Ann Henry
As I crossed the High Level Bridge today, it reminded me why Edmonton is a great place to call home. My attention was drawn first by the bright blue sky and then the valley which stretches for miles in either direction.
- Edmonton Chinese Garden - Marty Chan
Nothing fills my heart with dread more than the question, “Where are you from?” As a Chinese-Canadian, I know that when I answer “Alberta,” this will prompt the inevitable follow-up query: “no, where are you really from?”
- Feels Like Home To Me - Rachel Foley
It’s been a long time since I actually felt that a place is home. I stood there realizing, “Yeah, this is home, and they are my friends.” I’m going to be hanging out with them for years.
- From India to Edmonton - Ananda Majumdar
I have been an international student at Grant MacEwan University since 2008, after arriving from Calcutta, India. This was my second trip to Canada, so I was not fearful of coming to Edmonton.
- Home - Wendy Jensen
My grandfather had been sent to a concentration camp for 6 months during the Second World War after helping the British army hide weapons on his farm. My father was only 4½ years old at the time of grandfather’s arrest.
- Homesick For Edmonton! - Olga Rojas
When I arrived to Edmonton for the first time, I was 19 years old. I had come with both my parents, and my three sisters and three brothers, all of us single.
- I Am At Home Now - Justina Keewatin
As a mother, I felt we needed to be together somewhere that everyone would be comfortable and I thought Edmonton might be that place.
- I Didn't Even Notice the Cold - Tita Francisco
My favourite season is Edmonton winters because that’s when I can watch hockey. It’s my favourite sport. I'm a big fan.
- It's all in the Details - Alison Poole
Edmonton's beauty can shine through in some surprising places.
- Keeping Busy in Edmonton - Andrea Ryan
I have known Edmonton my whole life. I was born here, I attended university here, I got married here. During this time, I have lived both in Edmonton and in its surrounding communities, and I love it.
- Kindness For No Reason - Baba Bhangoo
When I first came here to live in Edmonton, I'd step into the streets. People would stop. But I would expect them to because they stopped for other people. I was that guy.
- Mini Donut Madness - Matthew Dringenberg
I was very excited when I found out there was a chance for me to go out with my video camera and film all the aspects of Edmonton and then share it with other people.
- Plugged into Edmonton - Christie Campbell
I asked her what she was doing for Thanksgiving. She said nothing. She had nothing to do on the most delicious holiday of the year.
- Run! - Doreen Ryan
If I have to I’ll walk...but my pride won’t allow me to do that. I’m terrible. I’m still competitive with myself. Oh yeah, I’ll just hold that torch up like it’s nothing. I know I’ll get emotional. It has such meaning to me. I’m getting teary just thinking about it.
- Secretly Terrified - Tina Farrell
I was secretly terrified to move! I am 20 years old and from a small city in British Columbia, and when my boyfriend told me we needed to move to Edmonton for his work, I was not even sure what to say or think.
- Spring 2005 - Kristen Finlay
In the spring of 2005 my family had a difficult decision to make.
- The Trip Across - Robina Zyp
I will never forget the look on our collie’s face at the sight. What the heck have you gotten me into? I wondered that myself.
- A Chance to Build a Technicolour Guitar - Derek Heslinga
At Alberta Innovates Technology Futures, Derek had the inclination and opportunity to build a guitar...
- A Chocolate Boutique - Kerstin Roos
Nobody else is really doing what I’m doing here. It was funny when I set up my suppliers for the store, because nobody from Alberta had ever ordered these chocolates. Some of the bars are exclusive to us.
- A City of Choice - Shawn Jones
After nine months of travelling between my family and my job, we finally decided to make Edmonton our home. It was a big change for them, but we’d expected it. What I didn’t expect was that it’d be a big change for me too.
- A City of Promise - David Aplin
My love affair with Edmonton started back in 1974 when my young family and I moved from Ontario. The company I’d come to work for closed shortly after our move, and we were left with three little kids and an uncertain future. But we loved the city—so we tried to find a way to stay.
- A Job with a Bonus - Richard Andersen
My first question was, "Where is Edmonton?". Richard soon found out and thinks Edmonton and Edmontonians are a wonderful bonus.
- A Love Of Place - Paul Morgan Donald
I moved here without any plans and I found a really exciting theatre community that I could be a part of. When I was younger I thought I might move on eventually, but you develop roots. And just a love of place.
- A Mission of Diversity - Margaret-Ann Armour
I applied to various universities throughout Canada and heard back from the University of Alberta. They sent me a reply along with a pre-paid cable for my response. I accepted, and it was an incredible decision.
- A New Beginning - Gerry Ens
Gerry thought he was going to retire in Edmonton, but retirement didn’t stick. With so many phenomenal opportunities here, he found it impossible to go cold turkey:
- A Real Sense of Community - Sam Vaitheeswaran
I traveled many parts of the world during my career as a welder and pipefitter before coming to Edmonton in 2008. And now I’m happy to call this place home.
- All Kinds of Energy - Marcio Mendes
Marcio sees Edmonton as a place of opportunity, not only for work but for entertainment as well.
- All the Stories Stay Together - Lisa Thang
One of Lisa's favourite memories involves chopstick day, and she was really excited to find out that it still existed when she returned to Kildare to teach.
- An Edmonton Theatrician - Ken Brown
Edmonton is a great town in which to produce theatre, and it’s a mysteriously active and supportive theatre community. Nationally recognized writers have come from here, and Edmonton has had a profound effect on English-Canadian theatre. It’s interesting that this prairie city produces a lot of theatre.
- Azimuth - Murray Utas
He had to go through certain workshops in case a young person was to disclose anything to him. He doubted that that would happen. After his first show, a young girl, 13, approached him. He was shocked.
- Blue Sky - Dave Mowat
Edmonton’s compact business community gives Dave the chance to regularly share ideas with talented businesspeople, and he sees Edmonton as becoming a more and more interesting place in the future.
- Celebrating Success - Amarjeet Sohi
Watch a video shot at City Hall during the International Day of Sharing Stories in 2009. Councillor Sohi was there to represent City Council, of course, but more importantly, to learn more about new Edmontonians and celebrate their successes.
- Come Give Us a Try - Joanne Beaton
Joanne Beaton loves doing business in Edmonton.
- Converting a Calgarian - Ryan Jespersen
The number 99 haunted me growing up. Unlike most present-day Edmontonians, I grew up wearing red and yellow hockey sweaters - not orange and blue. Wayne Gretzky didn't make my childhood hockey dreams come true...he killed them. To this day, it frustrates me to no end, knowing there's no rebuttal for "Five Cups."
- Creative Writing - Marty Chan
At the time I was trying to break in as a writer, I was fortunate enough to get into the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival. I decided to put on my own play.
- Don't Diss Edmonton - Ava Karvonen
Edmonton surprises people. Look at our TV industry. We have a really strong independent film community here. And we’ve got a really strong industry community here actively engaged in the arts business.
- Engineering a Future - Jose Fernandez
Jose had it tough when he first moved to Edmonton, but worked hard to overcome the cultural differences he faced.
- Family Business - Sonia & Ramesh Devangodi
Sonia picked him up at the airport, and it was love at first sight. For Ramesh, who left his home country of India to come to Winnipeg and then moved to Edmonton, it was the right time to get married.
- Fancy a Change? - Raymond Surage
As a child, Raymond studied the topography of North America. His interest in wide open spaces was one of the reasons he came to Edmonton.
- From New Orleans to Edmonton - Maurice Galloway
I came to Edmonton on June 18th, 2006. After living my whole life in New Orleans, two things brought me to Edmonton.
- From Seaweed to Stubble - Clif Chapman
I worked the streets of Edmonton for 25 of my 29 year police career and was given the opportunity to try many areas of the Service.
- Gainers Strike - Nick Puhjera
As a North Edmonton resident, my fondest memories of my city emerged from events that occurred on 66 Street at the Gainers meatpacking plant.
- Happy to be an Edmontonian - Dr. Gary Lopaschuk
I moved to Edmonton with a five year plan--I expected to move away in five years. Twenty-six years later, I'm still here and happy to be an Edmontonian.
- Health Care + Creativity Makes Perfect - Raina
I really like the challenge and creativity of it, and working with people. I always knew I wanted to work with people, but I wasn’t sure how.
- I Ceased To Be Who I Was - Philip Currie
I loved dinosaurs from the time I was 6 years old. Then at 10, I read this book about the science of it. What it’s like to be a palaeontologist. I decided then and there that’s what I was going to be when I grew up.
- I See the Stars - Sue Robins
Cities have personalities too. If Edmonton was a woman, she’d be like the serious one in the cubicle down the hall who lets loose only rarely, like during the Christmas party or in the beer tent at the folk fest.
- Lights, Camera, Action! - Anaid Productions
Edmonton has a talented and supportive production community with a multitude of opportunities for those just starting out, as well as experienced filmmakers.
- Location: Collection Agency - Trevor Anderson
I think I creeped out the poor young woman on the line. Finally I just said, “Let me talk to your supervisor!” and the woman put her supervisor on the phone.
- Northern Lights - Ian Mann
I’m a big believer in the idea that science should be something that’s understandable to the average person. I hope to impact Edmontonians with the research that’s being done in space science in this city.
- Opportunity in Edmonton - Bob
Bob, an engineer originally from the UK, moved to Edmonton to start a new position with Stantec – and he loved it here. Moving to Edmonton meant he could afford a home twice the size of one he would have in the UK and gave him access to over 84 golf courses within an hour’s drive – a golfer’s dream.
- Oscar the Clinic Cat - Jag Tuli
When we just opened the clinic, this girl brought in a kitten with a broken hip. She had no money, so she signed the euthanasia form and then we talked about it.
- Pelón - Jorge Torres
His nickname is Pelón, which means bald in Spanish. We call him that because he has a shaved head.
- Roll of the Dice - Nick Harrington
Nick rolled the dice when he left Ontario, and believes he made the right choice, coming to Edmonton.
- Setting Down Roots - Keith Blackie
Years ago, my wife and I honeymooned in Canada. We took a bus tour across the entire, sprawling country, from East to West. We decided there and then that when our kids were school-aged, we’d leave the UK and settle in Canada.
- The Accidental Company - Stephen Moen
Interestingly, the minute we arrived they all moved to Vancouver and the pressure was on for us to also move. But we liked it here, we were doing well, and we had started our company.
- The Aprikat Beer Story - Neil & Lavonne Herbst
The first apricot beer we tried was Pyramid Breweries’ Apricot Ale. It was a hot summer day and we were at a pub somewhere in Montana. We remember thinking, “Wow, we’ve got to try something like this ourselves.”
- The Old Timers Take It! - Kim Scheie
Did you know we also pioneered the first cellular network? Eat that cow town!
- The Right Fit for my Family - Daryl Silzer
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.
- The Snow Leopards - Clif Chapman
Our two idiots were still racing flat-out back and forth. Every once in a while I had to freeze, crouch down and stay in my track as they zoomed by.
- Transforming Health Care - Jim Swaffield
Alberta was in a transition time, and still is in terms of health care in my opinion. I think we’re leaders at looking at different models and different ways of doing things.
- Who Was That? - Clif Chapman
I was working as a patrol sergeant in downtown Edmonton. Traffic was fairly heavy as I stopped southbound on 100 Street at Jasper Avenue, facing the majestic old MacDonald Hotel. I was scanning the faces and traffic when the lead car in a funeral procession caught my eye.
- Why I Started the Running Room - John Stanton
I was this portly 238-pounder, a smoker. Like so many people I threw my energy into my family, work, and community endeavours, and I neglected my own wellness.
- Why I Stay in Edmonton - Geoffrey Laudat
My country of birth is Trinidad and Tobago and a good friend of mine in Edmonton told me there were opportunities in Edmonton. I have never looked back.
- You Have To Explore - Gabor Gyenes
When I was offered a job at the University of Alberta Hospital I had no idea what to think of Edmonton. I just looked at the map and I saw where it was.
- A Man With A Crush - Barry DeFord
I could draw you a map of the world right now. I love history. I love all the stuff you’re really not supposed to talk about at work, so I figure I should work in a place where I can talk about it all the time.
- Art is a Lifestyle - Sandra Sing Fernandes
Edmonton's such a creative town. You really don't have to go sit in a big scary city by yourself and work incredibly hard and maybe not get anywhere. There's a strong and thriving arts community.
- Picture This - Roy Blumenthal
What do a South African caricaturist and the City of Edmonton IT Department have in common? Read how visual facilitation and an open and honest approach help the city keep it real.
- We're Not Gonna Do Shakespeare... - Nextfest
Nextfest runs for approximately 10 days every year. The festival provides professional development opportunities for artists, and has over 80 performances in several venues in Edmonton’s downtown area.