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Lindsay's Outlook - Lindsay Goss
Coming to the Crowsnest Pass was an ironic occurrence for me. While living in Calgary, my family and friends repeatedly heard me say that I cannot wait to move out of Calgary, and into a larger city.
Although I loved Calgary, by the time my SAIT graduation rolled around, I knew it was time to leave Cow Town, and venture off to a different change of scenery. I started applying to online job postings for reporting positions, and applied to jobs in Toronto, Edmonton, Vancouver, Halifax, and Ottawa. Along the big cities, I also applied to jobs in smaller towns, including Sylvan Lake, Lloydminster, Kamloops and the Crowsnest Pass. Among the call backs I received was called by the Pass Herald, and following the call I was offered a position at the Herald.
Working for the Pass Herald seemed like an ideal fit. It would give me the chance to venture off on my own, meet different people, and experience a different side of journalism. It was also very close to my family and friends, who are primarily centred in Calgary and Airdrie.
Although the Crowsnest Pass could offer me almost everything I was looking for in my move, one thing it could not offer me was the big city lifestyle. No longer could I order pizza at 3 a.m. after a long study secession, or fill up on gas at midnight because I forgot to do so earlier in the day.
A Wal-Mart would no longer be a 10 minute drive away, and selection of bars and taverns would bit more limited.
I am a city girl at heart, and I love the convenience and business that the big city brings me. However, with all this said, there are dozens of things that the Pass offers that Calgary cannot and will never offer. Those things are wonderful, and the reason I decided to move.

With all this said, what I probably miss the most from Calgary are the clubs and groups it offered me.
When I was a student at SAIT, I was involved in several groups and organizations, many of which were tools I used for networking and learning.
A few of the groups I was involved in were: Toastmasters, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute Calgary Reading Group, and the Weal, the newspaper at SAIT Polytechnic.
Also, I volunteered for several groups and organizations, some being the 2011 Canadian Federal Election, the reason why I was able to meet Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the Bon Mot Book Club, the reason why I was able to meet former U.S. Vice-President Dick Chaney and journalist/author Malcolm Gladwell, and The Frontier Centre for Public Policy, the reason I was able to meet Frank De Jong, former leader of the Green Party of Ontario.
So many happy memories were made during my time spent with these clubs and groups, and they allowed me to do what I love doing most, meeting new people. I was sad to leave these groups behind with my move to the Pass.
One of the first things I did upon arrival here was search for nearby Toastmasters groups. After my research, I discovered the closest Toastmasters group was in Pincher Creek, and it is only eligible for seniors.
I was both surprised and very disappointed by this, as toastmasters has helped me to grow tremendously with my interviewing skills, as well as helping me to pitch story ideas, and to speak in front of large crowds.
I already miss the weekly meeting of my Toastmasters club, and the new people I was able to meet at each session.
After discussion of this with some locals I learned that there was once a Toastmasters group in the municipality, but it no longer exists. And the closest Toastmasters to me is has strict membership rules.
Maybe it’s time to send Frontiers Toastmasters a letter.
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