For Dr. Cathy Connell, working and living in Nova Scotia means having access to the best of both worlds: enjoying the bustle of the big city, and taking advantage of slow-paced ocean life.

Dr. Connell attended medical school at Dalhousie University and completed her residency training at the University of Toronto. Her and her husband chose to return to Nova Scotia primarily to raise their family close to loved ones, but says she feels that Halifax is the ideal area for her to practice medicine.

“Halifax gives physicians the opportunity to practice in a wide range of areas. Here, you can accomplish anything you want within your practice that fits into your lifestyle.” Dr. Connell is a family physician who also practices obstetrics in different clinics around the city. The variety within her practice, she says, is what drives her eagerness to work and live in Nova Scotia. “Being able to explore your interests ensures that you remain enthusiastic about your career.”

Professional interests are not the only kinds of interests you can explore here. “Halifax is a very manageable-sized city because of its population size. It has a lot to offer in the way of cultural diversity, entertainment, and recreation.” Growing up, her three children participated in an abundance of sporting and extracurricular activities. Today, she connects with her community and the rest of her province by trying out different restaurants and attending the various festivals around the region with her family and friends. She loves that whether you are in or outside of the city, the proximity between areas and to the rest of the world is easily accessible.

The cost of living is another reason why Dr. Connell credits Nova Scotia to be an ideal place for a well-balanced life. “Part of the beauty of Nova Scotia is that people can afford to have vacation property within the province – whether you want to be in the city, overlooking a lake, or right by the ocean.” Many of Dr. Connell’s weekends are now spent on their property on the South Shore, where a rewarding career meets ocean-front views.

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