Waiting Their Turn

by Myra Ross,
Thursday, July 23 2015

Theirs seems like the perfect life.

Derek Williams works on site for Syncrude, his wife, Kelly, works for the Regional Municipality and their 10-year-old daughter, Grace, attends a Catholic school in Timberlea. Their house is magnificent and visitors automatically head toward the large kitchen, a welcoming place. There is a car, a truck and a racy, new motorcycle in the driveway, a trampoline in the back yard and Kelly’s parents live close by in the basement suite. They will be travelling to Newfoundland for a 12-day holiday in July.

Dash to Volunteer for the 2015 Western Canada Summer Games

The 2015 Western Canada Summer Games, August 7 - 16, presents the perfect opportunity for Wood Buffalo residents to gain experience in event management, networking, community improvement, organization, communication,and much more!  

We welcome your participation and efforts as volunteers to make this a once-in-a-lifetime experience for our young Canadian athletes.

To register:

The Games Volunteer Accreditation Centre opened at the Syncrude Sport and Wellness Centre, in the Shell Fieldhouse, on July 2nd.  

Measuring 20 Years

Myra Ross,
Tuesday, July 7 2015

When you build bridges, roads or skyscrapers, you can look back later and point to them with satisfaction. When one builds community, one’s skills and contributions are most often measured in terms of human relations, in people’s smiles, expressions of thanks, collaborative relationships and, sometimes, dollars raised.

Inspiration is akin to air and water: It’s a basic human necessity.

We as a society and a community need role models and heroes.

By definition, they demonstrate behaviours and attitudes and levels of self-sacrifice that should be emulated for the greater good of families, communities and cultures.

So there is no better way to start a new chapter of history and turn the calendar’s page to a New Year than by shining attention on our own citizens – role models and heroes — deserving of recognition.

The Future of Aging in Wood Buffalo

Myra Ross,
Monday, January 12 2015

“Old age ain't no place for sissies.”
Bette Davis

He’s a man of many passions and community networks.

Involved for years locally with Little League baseball, Dave Hodson was in the crowd at MacDonald Island on Friday, Jan. 9, when Mayor Melissa Blake announced that Fort McMurray will be one of the host communities for the 2016 Baseball Canada Cup Championships. And he’s scheduled on Tuesday, Jan. 13, as Chair of the Advisory Committee on Aging (ACOA), to make a presentation to Council about the future of aging in Wood Buffalo.

Warming the Streets

Just a reminder, with only hours to go, that there will be the live auction fundraiser tonight, Friday, Jan. 9, at 7 p.m. at the Fellowship Baptist Church, located at the corner of Franklin Avenue and Alberta Drive.

Everyone is invited, there’s no cost to get into the auction and you’re encouraged to bring donated items for auction when you attend.

Proceeds from the auction fundraiser will benefit residents without homes, resources or thermostat controls; specifically they will support the Centre of Hope’s fourth annual Subzero Challenge, which has already raised more than half of its $40,000 goal.

He's a defibrillator booster

Myra Ross,
Wednesday, November 19 2014




Harold St. Croix returned to work at the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) Water Treatment Plant (WTP) on Nov. 3.

Back in May, Harold suffered a cardiac arrest in his RMWB truck in the WTP parking lot.  A team of seven fellow workers became first responders during the emergency and, thanks to their safety training and a nearby defibrillator, Harold is among the two per cent of the people who survive a stopped heart.