Hi! I’m Tonya. I have lived in Western Canada my entire life. I was born in small town Saskatchewan, attended university in Saskatoon and lived in Edmonton for many years. Soon, I will be moving to Medicine Hat for a few months. I have traveled throughout Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta – camping, attending conferences, visiting friends and family.
Westerners are friendly people. Walk down the street of a small town and people will nod and say ‘hi’. It is easy to strike up a conversation, and when you do, you often find out the most fascinating things. Westerners are anything but boring.
I am an historian by training, a writer and editor by profession and my grandpa’s ‘little talking machine’ so chatting with people, listening to the stories of their lives and then sharing them on this blog is a natural fit for me. I am also an avid amateur photographer and have done my best to include lots of pictures with each tale.
The Prairies are like the patch-work quilts sewn by my grandmothers and many other pioneer women – different stories, histories, places and events brought together as one. I hope that you will enjoy reading these stories that make up the fabric of Canada’s West. If you have any comments, questions or a story of your own that you would like to share, please contact me.