Bill and Nancy Strand moved from Fort McMurray to Edmonton with their two youngest boys in 1990. When choosing a neighborhood, they looked for something within walking distance to the engineering firm that Bill was joining on 124th Street. Westmount was a good choice, as its central location was also great for Nancy who worked for ATB.
The house they chose was a small, older home with a big yard for Bill's vegetable garden. They soon fell in love with their neighborhood - with its mature trees, nearby park, and really nice neighbors.
They found that quick access to the Yellowhead Highway, and proximity to shopping at Kingsway, Westmount, and Oliver Square was very handy. Being close to downtown was also a bonus when attending events at the Citadel and Winspear. The Westmount Public Library (now Woodcroft) became a big part of Nancy’s life. And when their sons started the University of Alberta, they found travel from Westmount a breeze.
In 2000, the Strands realized that they needed more room to accommodate family celebrations with their five married children, and grandchildren. They considered renovations, but instead chose to replace their home with a customized manufactured home and built a new two car garage, as they wanted to stay in Westmount.
Since moving to Westmount, the area has undergone a Community Revitalization Program with new blocks and sidewalks. Wonderful neighbours watch out for one another, and they had an awesome area block party last year.
124th Street in particular, has become very special with its good restaurants and interesting shops and businesses which they find easily rivals Whyte Avenue. They particularly enjoy the wonderful weekly Grand Market and the Duchess Bakery.
Over the years, Nancy has often taken one or more of her grandchildren to play in the various parks in Westmount. There is a big rock in the Grads Park that is frequently featured in family pictures. They don't have a dog, but their visiting “granddogs” have enjoyed the dog park a half block away.
They love being able to walk on the new pedestrian/bike path around the park which also links them to the beautifully developed Oliver Square and Mira Health Clinic. The Community Centre and League is vibrant, and publishes one of the best Community Newsletters in the city.
Looking back on the last thirty years of their life in Westmount and it’s transformation, Bill and Nancy are very proud residents, and recommend it highly!