This story originally ran in the Summer 2014 (V8I2) edition of Yukon, North of Ordinary.
Much like my move to Whitehorse, arriving in Ottawa for university was a time filled with unfamiliar places and faces. Looking back, it was when my innate desire to set goals kicked in more than ever. I spent four glorious years in the nation’s capital earning a Bachelor of Journalism degree and laying the groundwork for my independent future. And although I achieved many of my goals, the checklist grows.
Reaching a goal doesn’t signal the end. Rather, it signifies the chance to set out again with newfound ambition. Once all the work was behind me and I had my degree in hand, that’s when a whole new chapter of study began. Where to go? What to do?
Questions like that impart a sense of excitement just as much as they incite a sense of anxiousness. Perhaps the most refreshing thing is that there are no right answers. When you set goals, you’re the one in charge of knowing whether you’ve achieved that ideal outcome or not. You’re the one who raised the bar, so you’re the one who knows if you’ve reached it. And you’re the one who pushes to the next challenge.
When Air North began its operations 37 years ago I’m sure there were many goals the airline set out to achieve. President Joe Sparling has written in YNoO before about the company’s successes, such as the addition of flight service to Kelowna and, more recently, Yellowknife and Ottawa. It took drive, persistence, and dedication to get there.
Seeing the home of my alma mater added to Air North’s growing list of destinations got me thinking how important it is to remind ourselves how far we’ve come. Too often in this busy world we don’t evaluate the impact we’ve had on our own lives and on others. Each year brings and breeds more successes and failures that strengthen us and push us to see what we’re capable of next.
Take YuKonstruct, for example. (See “Extra Ordinary” on pg. 27.) What started as a small group of creative minds quickly exploded into an incredible project that saw a balloon launched into space, capturing images of our planet. Furthermore, a proto-typal triplex on First Nations land became a reality over the past few years thanks to the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations and Habitat for Humanity Yukon. (See pg. 48.)
Goals drove me as a fresh-faced undergrad and continue to define my life. It’s compelling to have things to strive for, and there’s something engaging about the unknown conclusions that could change everything.
This issue of YNoO is the largest we’ve released. In a world where print publications are going digital, we’re upping our page count thanks to our devoted readers, advertisers, and our talented team that isn’t afraid to dream big. We’ve come such a long way and we have so much further to go. Invigorating, isn’t it?