My name is Charlene Dione Weston but everyone calls me Charlie.
I grew up in a small town in southern Alberta, Cardston. You probably have never heard of it and I don’t blame you; it’s a quiet town in southern Alberta.
As you can imagine, growing up in such a small town was challenging to keep entertained… so us kids took advantage of the outdoors! Whether it was just running around an empty field or taking walks to get a Slurpee on a hot day, we tried to be outside as much as possible.
Although Cardston does not offer much excitement, I was so lucky to grow up there. Why? It is only a short drive away from my absolute favourite place in the world: Waterton Lakes National Park.
Thinking of Waterton brings me back to happy times. For as long as I can remember my dad would take me and my brothers into town for ice cream by the lake. Once I grew up and graduated highschool, I even spent the summer working at Pat’s and it was one of the best summers of my life!
In all honesty, you could say that that experience has sparked my unconditional LOVE for the outdoors and I hope to inspire others to get out exploring.