The place I am from has shaped me into the person I am today in ways that I can’t even imagine. I usually say that I am from Carlyle, Saskatchewan because nobody ever knows where White bear Lake is. But between the two places, the comparison is nonexistent. White bear Lake and its other neighbor Kenosee Lake are two very popular tourist destinations which bring people from all over the country including British Columbia, to parts of the northern United States. With the influx of all these people, there comes perspective. There are so many unique people with from so many different backgrounds. I’ve been working at the White Bear Lake Golf Course located on first nations land for the past 7 years and have gotten to know all of the members of the course as well as proshop employees and staff from other courses. All of these people have taught me to keep an open mind, and that I don’t have to believe what other people believe, but that I should try to understand their perspective on these beliefs and why they believe these things.
This place will always be home for me no matter what. I know for a fact that if I move away for 10 years and come back, I will have the same nostalgic feeling upon return. My boss at the golf course, Gord, has become one of the biggest influences in my life and between him, and one of my older brothers they have assumed a sort of father role in my life, considering my father passed away when I was 8. Since my dad was an unbelievable golfer, I feel connected to him more than ever when I’m at the golf course. From this, I know that the White Bear Lake Golf Course will always be where I feel most t home.