Michael Melia, a registered psychiatric nurse, his wife Julie and their four children are originally from Manchester, UK. The family made the move to Terrace, BC in 2005. Michael is now the Manager for Mental Health and Addictions Programs for the Northwest Rural Area of Northern Health.
Michael Melia had always held on to a dream of moving to Canada. “I was never sure why. Something about mountains and landscape, but nothing more specific than that.” When his career reached a turning point in 2004, Michael, with full support of his family, decided it was time to find out if this instinct was correct.
The family purchased ten acres of property just north of Terrace. “Coming from the UK, where there is so much congestion, the idea of a large property and of owning land was truly a dream. We have a pond and mountain views on three sides. Lots of wildlife passes through our yard: bears, wolves, cougars and moose.”
It’s what we’d hoped for – that our children have an improved lifestyle, and access to greater opportunities.”