Cultural factors might make you move here
Name: Sarah-Nelle Jackson
Title: Communications Coordinator
Company: Calgary Hotel Association
Previous home: Vancouver, British Columbia
Sarah-Nelle Jackson originally grew up in Vancouver. Before she made the decision to move to Calgary, she lived in Toronto for a year and then later, attended grad school at the University of Alberta in Edmonton.
What made you decide to move to Calgary?
A number of cultural factors sweetened the deal. I had been hearing about Calgary’s burgeoning arts and LGBTQ scenes – and Naheed Nenshi had just been elected Mayor, which put Calgary in Canada’s cultural dialogue very positively. I was taken by the idea of this prairie city propelling itself toward cosmopolitan diversity.
What neighbourhood do you live in? What do you like about your neighbourhood?
I’m in Rosemont, just across the street from Capitol Hill. Both residential neighbourhoods are friendly and family oriented. They’re also inner city, so you have a funky and edgy vibe that’s part homegrown and part sneaking up from Hillhurst-Sunnyside and Kensington. I also appreciate the transit accessibility in the northwest.
What do you love about living in Calgary?
People are very interested in creating and starting things, whether those are art projects, community resources or small businesses. Some people describe Calgary as the world’s biggest small town. To me, it feels like a giant collaborative space.
What do you do for fun in Calgary?
I go for brunch – a lot. Calgary has the staple Blue Star Diner and Dairy Lane Cafe, in Bridgeland and Hillhurst, respectively. Vendome has just opened in Kensington and there’s a fantastic patisserie in Mission.
People are very interested in creating and starting things, whether those are art projects, community resources or small businesses.