Moving to Vernon, BC from Prince George – Patty’s story
Patty Patterson is an author, speaker, coach, CFP who’s lived in the Vernon area for 2 years.
Where are you originally from?
I moved to the area from Prince George, BC.
What were your biggest concerns about moving to Vernon? What helped you overcome those worries?
My biggest concern was the notion that Vernon is a retirement community. I have since learned that there is a vibrant enthusiastic business community that is working hard to create a gem in the Okanagan.
What kind of research did you do before you moved to Vernon?
I looked at the demographics, cost of property and what amenities were available.
What other cities did you consider moving to?
We considered Penticton, but ultimate chose Vernon.
Vernon has a great spirit. I love the lakes and the fact that it is so close to two larger thriving cities. Within an hour I can be in Kelowna or Kamloops to enjoy an event or concert then go home to a much quieter city. Vernon is the bedroom community to these other cities.
What’s kept you in Vernon?
It is still under debate…
What advice would you give to someone who is considering moving to Vernon?
Make sure you are ok with being anonymous, people are very friendly on the surface but making real connections is more difficult.
You run your own company here. What’s it called and what do you do?
P Squared Coaching & Consulting Inc. I’ve been a coach for the past 20 years and have developed a number of educational/motivational workshops to help teams and individuals take control of their lives. I teach Finance, Leadership and Relationship building. Through embracing the strategies that I teach in my workshops, people will gain the skills necessary to help them take control of, and responsibility for, both their professional and personal lives.
Where are your customers located?
What’s the best part about running your company from Vernon?
Access to two big centres, a great airport and new people.
What’s the hardest part about running your company from Vernon?
No troubles to report.
What would make Vernon even better?
I would like to see a greater sense of community. There are some great organizations and associations in Vernon but they do seem to compete for the audience which in turn creates cliques.
You can find Patty on the web here: mybhog.com