I won’t lie to you, I was terrified of going to the big city when I started this job. I spent my early childhood in rural Prince Edward Island and most of my adolescent years in the Ottawa Valley, so I’m very much a small-town girl. Cities intimidated me. Everything from the driving to the sheer number of people stressed me out.
Now, after spending nine weeks going where no Syd had gone before, after driving the 401 and the 400 and the 417 more times than I can count, I can honestly say that I now feel almost as confident in the city as I do in the country, and you folks who I met on the road are a huge part of that. You welcomed me into your schools and your cities, you laughed at my awful jokes, and perhaps most importantly, you made me see that a city is nothing without the people who live there. Because of you, I was able to see cities through your eyes. It was an absolute pleasure getting to know your homes, and I hope you all get the chance to come experience my home away from home here in North Bay.
From this small-town girl to all of you in the big city, thank you.