Edmontonians enjoy higher than average incomes and shorter than average commutes.
- 3-Day Novel Contest - Gayleen Froese
The 3-Day Novel Contest was an Edmonton thing. And I thought that was pretty cool. As an Edmonton writer it felt really good to be involved in the city that way.
- A Daily Feast - Sandra L. Hatch
I discovered the secret ingredient to Edmonton. It is and always will be generated from the heart.
- A Simple Story - Susan Purdy
My story is simple. It's about a 17-year-old girl 3000 miles from home.
- 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?
- A Year or Two - Penny Ritco
My husband and I thought we’d be here for a year or two. That was fifteen years ago.
- An Unusual Move - Roman Doshchak
Obviously moving to Edmonton is a little bit unusual for someone who had it as good as I did.
- Book + Dog = Reader - Rachel Sentes
I watched a boy – he was around 12 – who’d never seen this before. There were about 5 dogs in the room. His mom was pushing him. And he’s going “Ah no, too old for this.” Too manly, you know.
- Cappuccino Affair - Patti Navarro
This story/poem occurred on April 29, 2000. That is a very important fact as the cafe I mention is no longer opened. This captures a special moment I had in Edmonton.
- Coincidence? Maybe not... - Martin Galba
I couldn't find the location of the studio; the way the whole address system works was totally new to me. I was about to give up when something in the back of my mind told me to look one last time.
- Coincidences - Patrice Thomas-Crate
Before my father’s illness I never understood organ donation. I went with my father for a workshop on organ donation. There were hundreds of people there who needed a transplant just like my father.
- Edmonton Gave Us Our Life Back - Heather Foster
Instead, his boss and another lady took it upon themselves to seek out help for Chris and find him a doctor accepting new patients. This was a turning point in Chris’s life.
- Edmonton is the Place to Bee - Shannon Lee Ladouceur
The big fat industrious bumblebee itself is Edmonton as a whole - as hardworking and cheerful with a buzz and purpose much like this city I have grown to love so much.
- 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.
- First Snow in Canada - Michelle Ramos
I heard that Edmonton, Alberta has one of the coldest and longest winters, which is approximately half of the year. In my mind, that's absurd! Impossible!
- For ETS and Edmontonians - Abayomi Charles Roberts
I was relieved to hear what seemed like a chorus of murmurs: "No problem, go ahead," from the other passengers.
- Green & Gold - Eric Hunter
Eric Hunter came to study in Edmonton from Winnipeg, Manitoba. He has since lived in the city for five years. On top of being a University of Alberta student, he plays on the university’s Golden Bears Mens hockey team.
- Growing Up Edmontonian - Donna Hamilton
There were disorganised games of soccer baseball, football, tag, Mother-May-I, and red-light green-light. There were train tracks to explore, bridges to cross, and rocks to throw.
- Having a Son in Edmonton - Lili Qin
Would you like to pursue a dream in new surroundings? Is it exciting, hard or scary? When I became an immigrant, first thing that I did was to have a baby in Edmonton.
- 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.
- I Love Edmonton's North Central Communities - Chris Hayduk
There aren't many places where you can get some of the best Ethiopian cuisine, excellent Thai food, then some of the best Mexican/Salvadorean fare and everything else you might want, all within a few blocks.
- I Wanna Be A Rock Star and Stuff - Hannah Karvonen
RockerGirl Camp is for girls who wanna rock. But 10-year-old Hannah Karvonen Parsons wasn’t sure about going. “I was afraid that everyone was gonna be older than me and that I wouldn’t know anyone.”
- 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.
- Like A Dream Come True - Rose Yoki
My baby had major health problems, which is how we ended up in Edmonton. The Stollery Children’s Hospital is the only one in Western Canada that does pediatric liver transplants.
- Monks Drive SUVs Too - Kushok Lobsang Dhamchoe
Kushok Lobsang Dhamchöe has rights in Canada that he didn’t have in India, where he grew up after fleeing Tibet as a child.
- My Backyard - Samia Jamal
My Backyard in the City of Edmonton is a story about how we don't really have to venture far, that beauty can be found in the most unexpected places, if we just take time to find it.
- My Canadian Atlas - Rita Edison-White
While cleaning a closet last week, I came across the atlas we used when we left Halifax, westward-bound for Edmonton, Alberta. That was August 2001. What wonderful memories!
- My New Life - Lisa Holmes
My Edmonton story began on my day one—February 22, 1980.
- Natural Bodybuilding - Aman Takhar
The event was exciting, very nerve-wracking. The training itself up to the competition is quite intense. It takes a lot out of a person. It involves a strict diet and a rigorous workout schedule.
- One Common Thing - Lori Sharkey
Over 1000 people came. Young, old, able-bodied, wheelchair-bound; people of all shapes and sizes; people of all ethnic backgrounds. What did they all have in common?
- Our Picturesque Valley - Lori Frank
Every morning I pinch myself with the beautiful view of our river valley and Victoria golf course. It is like going on a holiday every day.
- Our Story is Far From Over - Jolanta Lapiak
Our story is far from over. There will be many more chapters to explore and to write.
- Outdoor Culture - Shirley McCuaig
I wanted to get back out West, where people like to do outdoor things. That’s how I ended up here.
- Potluck - Nan Gai
When I first arrived she helped me with the transition to this culture. To the community, and school especially. It saved a lot of time, because when you’re new to a country, sometimes you just don’t know what to do.
- Pragmatism - Callum MacKendrick
Edmontonians have a reputation as pragmatists, so it is maybe not surprising that one of the things Edmonton does best (maybe better than anywhere else) is handling garbage.
- 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.
- Sound of the Olympic Flame - Rod Proudfoot
My senses are on full alert…the sounds, the sights, the feel of the pavement, the setting sun in a cloudless sky, even the sound of the Olympic flame in my torch as I’m jogging. With a huge smile, I look up at my lit torch…beautiful!
- The Bay of Canola Fields - Tanya Edison
I pulled over, turned off my car and stared out into the horizon. The endlessness, the openness, that feeling of no limits lifted my heart and waves of content swept away my doubts.
- The Christie Story - Christie Campbell
Once you get familiar with Edmonton, she gets familiar with you. It only takes a few trips to the local shops before the workers recognize you. You’ll find a niche to fit in no matter how strange or normal you might think you are.
- The Jackrabbit Made Me Do It - Rebecca Szoladi
I got a crappy job, had no friends, and it was -35. I was miserable and really missed the Okanagan weather and the life I'd had there. I wondered what the heck I had done to my life by moving to this godforsaken place.
- 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.
- The Wild West - Dr. David Bressler
Edmonton is a young city in a lot of ways. I don’t want to say it’s the Wild West, but it kind of is. There’s a lot of opportunity for people who are ambitious and want to try and do things and make an impact themselves.
- There's No Place like HOME! - There's No Place like HOME!
Over the 17 years while I was abroad, I was asked where was home. Edmonton was always the answer. Funny how that is. I’ve lived in a lot of exotic places, but my family is all here, my best friends are here and even with some new additions, the city is still the same.
- U of A Panda Bears - Anneka Baker
Meet Anneka Baker. Originally from Ottawa, Ontario she came to Edmonton to play on the University of Alberta’s Panda Bears women’s basketball team.
- Virtue Is Its Own Reward - LaVerne Quennell
The wallet contained several hundred dollars but he refused a reward. He represents what Edmonton is about.
- Where a Country Boy Can Stay - Dylan Pitman
The Edmonton river valley is what makes Edmonton a city unlike any other, a city a country boy can live in and stay sane.
- 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 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 Core Crew Story - The Core Crew
Once upon a time there was a group of five summer students all dressed in red.
- 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 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:
- 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.
- Circus City - Annie Dugan
It’s a lot of work, but I can’t stop doing it. I love it too much. We’re the only company that offers the classes and then works with our students to create theatre together.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Most Rewarding Job - Carmit Harari
I said initially that it doesn’t really matter where I land. I just need to find the right job. But flying into Edmonton and seeing the scenery here, I thought, “You know if I end up here...holy cow is it gorgeous.”
- Pelón - Jorge Torres
His nickname is Pelón, which means bald in Spanish. We call him that because he has a shaved head.
- Single Best Find/Mistake - Tony Vesseur
I’ve got a lot of really good customers who are really devoted to the store. Who really support the store. The guy who bought the lamp comes up from Calgary to shop here all the time.
- The Ping Pong Table - Tom Dodd & Blaine Bertsch
A ping pong phenomenon is sweeping through Edmonton’s Advanced Technology Centre’s start-up community. Blaine and Tom, the guys behind Fission Media, explain.
- 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.
- 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.
- A Different Type of City - Brad Fossen
I came here from rural Alberta. Back home it’s a different kind of life. I don’t want to say Edmonton’s like a small town, but it’s a different type of city.
- 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.
- Blessings and gratitude - Sharon Ingraham
There is magic here where the aurora dances and cultures mix with abandon...
- Cabbage Soup is Very Normal - K. Maryniak
In 2003, after 22 years away from home, K. Maryniak came home to Edmonton. She's convinced there is no better place in the world to live as a Ukrainian.
- dEdmonton: City of Halloween Horrors - Derek Clayton
DEDFest is actually Canada’s only true horror film festival. There’re other festivals that go on, but they’re all genre.
- Eyes Wide-Open with Klondike Mike - Heather Riddell
All of us cousins were thrilled to see our parents dress in Klondike-style clothing—long dresses, but also a little melancholy as we waved good-bye and our parents left for a night on the town.
- 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.
- Rent At The Jube - Christian Mena
There’s something about the concept of coming to do a show like Rent in your hometown, at the Jubilee Auditorium, a place I’d never performed at. I mean I’d performed in that space but not on the actual stage.