Ryan and Michelle, and their 3 children aged 14, 12 and 10. Ryan is the Associate Dean of the JR Shaw School of Business at NAIT. Michelle is a Maternity Nurse at the Grey Nuns Hospital. The kids are athletes, just like their parents. They also love to travel throughout Alberta, B.C. and internationally.
Before moving back to Canada for Ryan to pursue a Masters in Business Administration at the University of Alberta, the family spent time overseas. Michelle had previously lived in Edmonton while attending the University of Alberta, and was somewhat familiar with what to expect.
When searching for a neighbourhood, they wanted to rent something close to U of A, affordable, family friendly and close to the river valley. North Glenora offers all of these things, but the biggest selling point was that the local elementary school, Coronation Elementary, is an International Baccalaureate World School. This program focuses on knowledgeable and inquiring students, and developing global awareness. The school soon became a huge part of their lives.
The family joined the North Glenora Community League, and soon fell in love with the neighbourhood. They state that:
“North Glenora feels like a small town. Our neighbours have become like family and we love that people will always say hello. The community is vibrant, in many ways due to an incredibly active community league and many amazing volunteers. The community league helps to run many programs and events, including community soccer, outdoor skating, monthly pub nights, family dances, and so much more! Our kids feel safe playing outside in the yard and around the neighbourhood. They know people on every block of the neighbourhood – it’s like having a built in “block parent” system.”
A couple of years later, they bought a house close to the school, and have been in North Glenora ever since. When asked if they would recommend it to others, their enthusiastic response is, “Absolutely. It’s the best place we can imagine! As long as we are living in Edmonton, we will be in North Glenora.”