Wayne Miller was born in Golden, and jokingly calls himself one of the Originals of the town.
There was never a dull moment for Miller while growing up in Golden.
“It was eventful. We were always trying to figure out how to invent things to play with because it was, and is still, a small town,” he said.
Miller started working in the area and took his first full-time job as a dishwasher at Smitty’s before becoming a gas jockey (someone who pumps gas at a gas station).
“After my first couple of jobs, I went into the logging industry where I would stay for about 22 years,” he said.
When things started changing in the industry he made the decision to work in Revelstoke for a couple of years before returning to Golden. He started working in the construction industry before he made his way up the mountain and started a career at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.
“I have been here since day one in both part-time and full-time positions,” he said.
Miller said that working at the ski hill has been a perfect fit for him over the years.
“It is an adventure everyday. You can’t preplan your day working here for the simple reason that there is always something new that is going to come up.”
Miller said he enjoys doing anything he has to do at the resort and this keeps his job interesting.
“Everyday is amazing. I feel like this is Wayne’s World at times. Sometimes when I am by myself and working up here I get the chance to sit back and enjoy where I am. I take pride in what I do, and I expect people to look after the place,” he said. “We like to take care of things and make sure people have a great time at the resort.”
The downtown core of Golden has changed a great deal over the years according to Miller, with many businesses changing.
Miller was also a volunteer firefighter in Golden. As a person who enjoys meeting many new people, he often found himself at the door of friends in town.
“Because I lived here my whole life I knew the people who lived at the addresses we were given. When I would walk up to the door and have people answering who knew me they would just look at me and go, hey Wayne,” he said.
Miller said he enjoyed his time on the fire department and it gave him a great deal of time to learn about many different things.
As for Golden, Miller said he aways seemed to come home.
“I have ventured as far as Thompson, Manitoba to work in a nickel mine, but I always seem to come back,” he said. “Life is really good.”