In the Northern Rockies, we live a well-rounded lifestyle. We’re friendly and approachable. It’s in our nature to welcome you and your family warmly. If you are looking for a friendly place to live, backed by an amazing natural playground the Northern Rockies might be for you. 



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Wildlife spotting on the Alaska Highway

British Columbia boasts wildlife viewing possibilities that are not to be believed. The province is home to more than 1,100 different wildlife species and some of the most diverse ecosystems in the world, with viewing opportunities available nearby no matter where you are in the province. Local photographer Ryan Dickie shows us his favourite places to photograph wildlife around the Alaska Highway in British Columbia, Canada.

Regional Health Liaison, Diana Penney

The NRRM created the first Regional Health Recruitment Liaison role in Northern BC. The Liaison works closely with health employers to facilitate the development and coordination of recruitment campaigns including design and marketing approaches, on-site logistical, promotional and community-level supports such as site visits, navigating the housing market, school system and spousal/partner employment options. The position proactively markets the Northern Rockies by participating in major health care conferences, economic development and industry events.


Diana started as a candy striper at the age of 15 in St. John’s Newfoundland, where she fell in love with the patients and the health care profession.  Having a mother as a Nurse, she would read her mothers nursing books, listen to her stories and learn about what she did, Diana had her mind set she would be a Nurse. And like for many of us, life takes us on a different course. 

Leaving Newfoundland in July 2010 for a new adventure, Diana arrived in the beautiful community of Fort Nelson, situated in the northeast corner of BC, at Mile 300 on the Alaska Highway.  Here she discovered a community that was not only geographically appealing, but a place where the definition of community translated into everyone looking out for one another. 13 years later, Diana, with her husband and 2 children, have no plans of leaving Fort Nelson and will continue their local adventures in hunting, fishing, camping and running their own automotive shop.

After 25+ years in the Business Administration and Tourism Industries, Diana has found her way back to her passion in the health care profession in a slightly different form.  Diana supports the physician in her community as the Chapter Coordinator for Rural and Remote Division of Family Practice, local MSA Project Manager and now Reginal Health Recruitment Liaison.

To support quality improvement in Fort Nelson Diana has the same mindset as Albert Einstein:  “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.

We acknowledge the traditional territories of the Indigenous Peoples of the region including the Dene, Cree, Dunne Tsaa, Tsááʔ C̨hé Ne Dane, Dene Tha’ and Kaska peoples, many of whom are connected through kinship networks, and the enduring presence of the Métis community all of which have historic, cultural and long-standing connections to the land base in northeast British Columbia.


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