Jim spent the early part of his life in Radville, Saskatchewan where his family owned and operated the local hardware store & a family restaurant. Shortly after starting a prairie fire and throwing the cat down the well, the family moved him to Alberta. Jim was always interested in the north and as a teenager, spent many hours trying to find ways to get himself up to the Yukon. In 1973, Jim graduated from the Transport Canada Training Institute in Ottawa and was transferred to a little northern town in Yukon, working out of the airport as a radio operator. His wish finally came true – he was moving north! Jim has spent the majority of that time in and around the Teslin area working an assortment of jobs, but now calls Timberpoint home. In addition to working on his “honey-do list”, he looks forward to spending more time with his young grandson.
Minnie & her four siblings were raised out on the family trapline at Johnson’s Crossing. Her parents homesteaded, trapped, and fish-guided during the early years of raising the children. There was no electricity, telephone or television and the children were taught to appreciate the value of hard work and a good book. When the children weren’t digging the family basement with shovel & wheelbarrow, they were attending primary school in Teslin. As they got older and were ready for high school, they were boarded out at the dormitories in Whitehorse and this is where they got their first taste of the comforts of electricity and television. What a far cry from the taped series of Sesame Street watched during lunch period at Teslin School! Minnie spent 30 years working for the government – she finally retired and now spends ALL day at Timberpoint. She has also pursued her photography hobby and spends the majority of the year outdoors chasing the light, so to speak! Her photography can be found on the walls of the Nisutlin Trading Post in Teslin, or online through her Facebook account or Flickr.