What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?
How long have you lived there?
What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?
No night life and virtually no 'social bar' culture. Edmonton 30 minutes has a growing social scene on Whyte Ave. If you are a couple or single living in the city, it's a must.
Good sports facilities and relatively cheap golf, soccer, skiing, tennis, ice hockey, lacross etc., Join something or go mad!
In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.
The racial mix is very poor if you are used to a large multi-cultural environment like London.
Increasing number of Asians but this is a very 'white' 'middle class' community. This does not mean you are not accepted, it means people are not necessarily used to other cultures.
The community is very much North American Christian.
What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?
The main reason for people coming to Edmonton and the surrounding area is engineering work - primarily related to the oil industry. Many other customer related work has emerged to support the increase in population. New jobs can be found in local papers, web sites and agencies. Be warned not all qualifications obtained in Europe or other parts of the world are accepted in Alberta.
Many people have to up-skill at their own expense, especially if they plan to stay here for good.
In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?
Life in Sherwood Park revolves around family and work - in that order. Very relaxed and laid back attitude. People in Edmonton and Sherwood Park are generally patient and extremely polite and helpful.
If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.
If you are moving from a major city, Edmonton and Sherwood Park are very provincial. This is Prairie Country and the Canadians are proud to be rednecks. Make the effort to seek out activities and events - they are generally worthwhile. You can buy everything here (IKEA has arrived). The summer is great, warm and dry. The winter can drop to -40 degrees in winter. Wrap up warm - don't take it for granted and it is safe and enjoyable (skiing locally is fab for beginners - see Snow Valley Rabbit Hill Clubs).
There is a big drug culture. Crystal Meth big here and parents need to be aware this can even enter elementary schools where it is flavoured for kids. Cannabis is considered common place, some parents are users and it is not a major issue in the communities.