I am a disabled, humanitarian, entrepreneur, raised in a very musical family. I have lived in Northern Canada all of my life, save the first five years during which time my Dad was attending university. For the past 45 years I've been a resident of the Northwest Territories, aside from a short stint in Edmonton, Alberta for medical reasons. My Dad, the 'Gord' in 'gordschords', an accomplished guitar player, has mentored guitar players from the Arctic Circle to the Wood Buffalo National Park, and from the Alaska Hi-Way to the Hudson Bay, and has always marvelled at the talent in the north, undiscovered and untapped. When the opportunity presented itself for me to get involved with this satellite radio station, my Dad was one of the reasons I went for it, along with the 'untapped' talent we have in Northern Canada. As a child living in a small community on the James Bay in Ontario, I spent all day in church...primarily because of my loving to sing! In those days a lot of the old hymns and choruses were sung in Cree. I am still looking forward to my first CD submitted in another language, be it Cree, Mexican, Maori, etc. I love studying cultures which helped me in my job prior to my disability as Residence Life Manager at the college in the Northwest Territories, as prior to division we had 11 separate and distinct cultures! Travelling to Mexico and Hawaii and taking note of their cultures prompted me to take an Anthropology course upon my return from my most recent trip. Unfortunately it was shortly after this that I became ill, but that hasn't affected my love of cultures, and now, my love of their music within our genres.
I have recently been honoured by three of the 'Who's Who' Organizations....2 as a business person, and 1 as a pinnacle business. This was quite an honour for someone from a little town of less than 2,500 people that is struggling to come up with and economic base after a severe Government downsize. But...our town Motto is Perseverance, and hopefully, the upcoming generation will learn exactly what that means!