Nadia Lebel, from Drummondville, Québec, to Whitehorse, Yukon
Quebec to Yukon
I get up in the morning, and the sun’s been up all night! It bathes a mountain in pink light. That’s what I see in the morning, on my way to work. You cannot imagine the stillness of wide open spaces until you’ve set foot in Yukon! You really feel alive here! With every step you take, nature is all around you.
Signing up for the Odyssey program was the most important decision of my life. I had been working in a restaurant in Drummondville. I was very close to my family. I didn’t go for more than two days without talking to my father. So, becoming a language assistant all the way across Canada was a huge decision. My father even gave me some money so I wouldn’t have to ask for a plane ticket in case I suddenly had the urge to return!
I discovered a corner of this country that I could only imagine. Here, French is spoken with pride. Yukon is brimming with culture. There are people from the four corners of the earth, who are here because they want to be. They practice environmental responsibility; you won’t find plastic bags in the grocery stores. And employment opportunities abound, especially for anyone who is bilingual.
I found a job I enjoy in Whitehorse. I learned how to express myself better, and I gained more independence. I discovered the person I really am. And I also developed a passion for fishing! Not bad, for a city dweller.
I was able to pay my father back the money he had given me for the plane ticket. I won’t be needing it. I’m not Daddy’s little girl anymore. Instead, I invited him to come and see me here. When I return to Quebec, it will be as a visitor. Yukon is my home now. My life is here. That’s my odyssey.