“I have been working up North since 2013. Being in contact with a culture, practice and environment that are completely different from what I know and that are so textured and have so much value, is an extraordinary experience. I wanted to work up North because I needed new challenges. I had been in Quebec for a few years and I felt the need to see other things. I had heard that there was an extended practice in the region from a colleague at the CLSC where I was working.
It wasn’t a very complicated process to go. But I have a husband and kids so I wanted to go try it out before moving there for good. “In and out” contracts were only available through agencies. Employers from the northern network were only offering full time work. I was hired by an agency that trained me for an extended practice role and gave me a one-year contract without the obligation to stay on after. I was not entitled to a northern leave because I wasn’t hired by an institution in the network. So, I had to quit my position in southern Quebec.
I arrived in Chisasibi, James Bay on July 2. I lived with two roommates who were nurses. I had never lived with roommates in my life and it was weird to find myself living like a teenager at 43 years old! I then started my first 4-week replacement. I received a very warm welcome from my colleagues.”