Well, Lloydminster, it truly has been a hell of a ride.
People have told me that life can be a journey of different stops and different challenges. I never really understood what that meant until earlier this week.
This will be the last edition of the Lloydminster Source I will be working on. I have been given a new journey to tackle and I wanted to take some time and thank you all for giving me the chance to do what I enjoyed.
But now, I have a new destination. My journey is the same as yours, the same as anyone’s. It has taken me many years, so many lifetimes, but, at last, I know where I’m going, where I’ve always been going.
I came to Lloydminster in September 2013, and introduced myself to you as “No, not that (Chris Brown),” and since then I have been on a roller coaster of a ride, meeting new people and getting to know Canada’s only Border City.
Lloydminster was relatively unknown to me when I first applied for a job. I will be completely honest and say I couldn’t have pointed it out to you on a map about 16 months ago. But 16 months later, after a lot of laughs and a bit of heartbreak, I have come to call this city home.
There are a lot of people that I want to thank for making my job as easy as possible; to list them all would be daunting because I know I would forget one or two people.
But there are a few people that I really want to thank. The people of the Lloydminster Source, for giving me hope that no matter where I go I will be able to fit in, so thank you.
To Richard Starke, MLA Vermilion-Lloydminster; Tim McMillan, former MLA Lloydminster; Colleen Young, MLA Lloydminster; Gerry Ritz, MP Battlefords-Lloydminster and Leon Benoit, MP Vegerville-Wainwright, I have interviewed numerous politicians in my time, and even worked with a few, but your openness to questions and willingness to talk to a reporter at any time of the week made my job here in Lloydminster much easier than it had to be.
During my time here I met with people who make this community great, bonded with new friends of all political stripes, and went on a crazy trip with one of the most fun loving and carefree people I dare call my friend, Emma Wilcox.
To the people of Lloydminster, you all have great stories to tell. You made doing my job exciting, you kept me on my toes and made coming to work an adventure each day.
Lloydminster is a great place. It has played host to some of the biggest names in pop culture and politics. Whether that be Clara Hughes, Don Cherry, Brad Wall, Jim Prentice, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Arlene Dickinson, Colin James, Brett Kissel, or George Canyon – Lloydminster seems to be a destination for everyone to come to.
I leave Lloydminster knowing that I did my best in making a contribution to this town. I worked with some great people while volunteering for non-profit organizations, I sat on numerous boards trying to help out the little guy, and I became part of something bigger, the Lloydminster family.
While the story isn’t over for the city, my time here in the Border City is. As we all change, and when you think about it, we’re all different people all through our lives, and that’s OK, that’s good, you gotta keep moving, so long as you remember all the people that you used to be. I will not forget one line of this. Not one day.
Lloydminster, before I go, I just want to tell you, you were fantastic.