Name: Richard Holden
Age: 29
Homeland: Preston, Northwest England
Citizen since: March 18, 2010

Why did you choose to come to Canada?

Canada looked like a place with a lot of opportunity, options for professional people.

What was your first impression when you came to Canada?

Everything was so big. Spaces and vehicles and houses — everything was so much bigger and spread out.

What’s the one thing you love most about living in Calgary?

The friends and contacts that I’ve made since I’ve been here; it’s what’s kept me here.

What’s the one thing you still find a little bit strange (about Canada)?

I guess I’ve been here long enough to accept things as being ‘normal’.

What are three words you’d use to describe your new home?

Friendly, would be one. Diverse. Outdoorsy.