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Leigh Ann Cumming's Story

A wise high school guidance counsellor once suggested I consider being a librarian.  Her idea set me on a determined road to join the world of information services after a four-years studying history and classics at university. 

Since leaving the halls of graduate school in Halifax, I have worked in a variety of library fields including public, academic, and medical over the past twenty-three years.  I consider myself a jack of all trades given the diversity of my career path. 

This librarian’s path had a few stops before setting foot on the tundra. I did a brief stint in Newfoundland in 2000.  In April 2001, I found myself at Grand Central Station in Manhattan with two hockey bags and work visa in hand.  During that time, I reconnected with my high school sweetheart, a geologist living in Cambridge Bay. There began the long-distance courtship across two countries and three time zones.

In 2004, after three years of sharing my love of reading with children in New York City and a three hour a day commute, it was time to pack up and head home to my beloved New Brunswick. I fell in love with my work as Public Services Librarian in a regional office. 

The Cambridge Bay geologist married this librarian in December 2006.  In January 2007, I stuffed my Action Packers (northern Samsonite) and moved to the Kitikmeot, nine days after we tied the knot. Starting as the high school librarian and a substitute teacher introduced me to life in the north and several students with whom I now call co-workers in the Department of Health. 

I joined the Department in July 2007 and will be celebrating my fifteenth anniversary with the Government of Nunavut this year. Along this journey, I have been privileged to collaborate with talented people from all walks of life and all corners of the world.