In Our Words
With so many winters under our collective belts, why is it that we always seem surprised when the snow actually begins to fly? With February upon us, that initial surprise has by now given way to the certainty that winter is really here. Like many of you, I’m of the belief that winter is best enjoyed, not merely endured. And that, in a nutshell, is what this issue is all about.
For starters, how about that cute little dude on our cover? Frisky otters are just one example of the amazing wildlife residing year-round in Prince Albert National Park in Saskatchewan. Duane Larson, who lives nearby, shows us the park he has come to know and love, starting on page 8.
And then there’s Veronika Cencen of Ottawa, who volunteered last February to host STEM work- shops (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) in Inuit communities in Canada’s Far North. Talk about embracing winter—and a good cause. Veronika’s story is on page 16.
Winter too is a time when many of us hit the gym to tackle a New Year’s resolution, cash in on a gift voucher or actually get in better shape. Nichelle Laus of Toronto can relate to the latter item. As you’ll see in Showcase (page 38), Nichelle is a former policewoman and current mother of four who parleyed her people skills and passion for kick-boxing and body-building into a new career as gym owner and fitness trainer. How cool is that?
Well, not as cool as -81.4°F, the coldest temperature ever recorded in Canada. Carman Scherlie’s dad was part of the meteorological team in Snag, Yukon, when that record was set. See page 42 for all the chilling details. Enjoy your winter, everyone!