Moments that Matter

Moments that Matter

High in the Sky Photo of Northern Classic by Dan Lines Normally when I write a blog post things kind of weave together nicely. But looking back on the Northern Classic experience there are many random moments that don’t necessarily fit together yet still capture a piece of the picture. I’m going to try and
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Hockey History

Hockey History

In late summer 2010, a group of community leaders came together to hear a pitch from MacDonald Island COO Tim Reid. The thought was to plan and execute an outdoor junior hockey game which would be the first of its kind in Canada. To pull it off, we would have less than three months and
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New Canadians

New Canadians

I performed my first official duties as Acting Mayor of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo yesterday, filling in for Mayor Blake at two Citizenship ceremonies at MacDonald Island Park. With all due respect, I’m so glad Her Worship was out of town as it gave me an opportunity to participate in something truly wonderful.
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The hum of the Island

The hum of the Island

Even on a quiet weeknight, the parking lot at MacDonald Island is humming, cars searching for an open spot close to the entrance of the Suncor Community Leisure Centre. When it’s this cold, getting a parking spot in proximity to the doors is more revered than normal. Coming down the back stairs after the Northern
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The lights above the skating rink

The lights above the skating rink

The sun above the skating rink was frosted, cold, hanging on the southern horizon providing a glimmer of hope for warmer days ahead. I wanted to take a few pictures of the Northern Classic hockey rink before heading into the Suncor Community Leisure Centre for the volunteer orientation and celebration. Built on what was a
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Taking Offense

Taking Offense

There is nothing worse than emerging from a moment of levity to realize that you may have offended someone, or caused hurt feelings. I had one of those moments shortly after getting elected. I said something, trying to be funny, then went home and stewed about what I said and how I said it and
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Dylan’s Surgery Adventures, Part 6

Dylan’s Surgery Adventures, Part 6

Dylan was ready to escape the hospital for a few days when we arrived on Remembrance Day, eager, excited. Unit 201 was oddly quiet early in the afternoon as most of the patients had been released for the weekend. The single nurse on duty gave us instructions around how to get in and out of
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Time Change

Time Change

Twice a year time changes in Alberta. In March clocks spring forward an hour while in November they fall back. This year’s switch happened while the champagne flutes, decorations and lights from Gala Odyssey 2010 were starting to come down, late Saturday night or early Sunday morning, whichever way you like to look at it.
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A Gala Odyssey

A Gala Odyssey

There are many great events in Fort McMurray, but few are as special as the night the Keyano College Foundation puts on their Gala. It is a tradition that stretches back 30 years, a night when friends of the College put on the their best dresses and tuxedos and enjoy some world class entertainment, food
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Vision to Reality

Vision to Reality

“From Vision to Reality” was the theme for the State of the Island Address last night at the Suncor Community Leisure Centre on MacDonald Island. Now that western Canada’s largest recreational facility is 99% complete, it’s so easy to forget the courage that it took for Mayor and Council to embrace that vision when “everyone
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