What do you do?
I am a health safety coordinator with Epcor, and I am also an EMT with a private ambulance company.
What's your favorite thing about your new neighbourhood?
I like the neighbourhood because it is very central and close to many amenities, the hospital, the police station, the fire hall, grocery stores, malls and libraries. Plus it is close to my daughters school and the new LRT system will be close by in about 5 years.
My favorite thing about my/our life?
I have a sense of independence and accomplishment from owning my first home! It feels like my daughter and I have really made it - that we are able to get our own house - it is a big sense of accomplishment for me.
What should people know about the first place program?
The First Place Program is for everyday people. It's not a certain clientele in the first place program - it's every walk of life. I was living in my parent's house thinking about saving up the money and going to the traditional route of owning my own home and then I found this on the Internet, it was karma, everything was lining up. Being able to have my own home - that just opens up so many more doors and possibilities of where I can go and what I can do.
What are the benefits of buying in a First Place Program neighbourhood?
You get a sense of belonging and a collective feeling that you are in a similar situation; you've all risen to the challenge and have the same sort of accomplishment in getting this home. It gives you a sense of camaraderie.
For more information on Caernarvon's First Place homes, and other First Place projects planned for Edmonton, please visit edmonton.ca/surplusschools.