Bright future for Arts Council

Bright future for Arts Council

There is always that moment of trepidation when you pass the reins of something significant over to someone else, an unsettling uncertainty as to how they are going to fit in or if they will be successful in their new endeavour.  I had the good fortune – it really was, as functional hand-offs are rare
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Weather to Dance

Weather to Dance

There is a part of the annual Academy Awards broadcast that I look forward to every year, the piece when they look back on the people the industry had lost in the past year.  An audible sigh is heard as familiar names and faces go flashing by in the montage that is usually bookended by
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Dr. K.P. Wong’s death hit the emotional centre of Wood Buffalo

Dr. K.P. Wong’s death hit the emotional centre of Wood Buffalo

I don’t often write a blog post about a blog post, but what happened yesterday demands it.  I wrote the piece about “The Legend of Dr. K.P. Wong” because that was what was in my heart and on my mind as I woke up.  I wasn’t the only blogger who felt that, as my friend
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The Legend of Dr. K.P. Wong

The Legend of Dr. K.P. Wong

I have never seen a community respond to the passing of an individual like what has happened with the news of the death of Dr. K.P. Wong.  Facebook has lit up with stories of how this obstetrician impacted countless mothers, fathers, and families.  The legend circulating is that he had delivered over 20,000 babies. As
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The value proposition of social prosperity

The value proposition of social prosperity

I was at MacDonald Island, along with several hundred others, as people like Paul Born, Ray Floyd, Nancy Mattes, and Cathy Brothers kicked off the Social Prosperity Wood Buffalo (SPWB) project in 2011, though the name and the brand came later.  Many of the movers and shakers were there: politicians, senior industry leaders, vice presidents,
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Power of Prayer

Power of Prayer

I am very grateful to Beverly Fawcett for inviting me again to the city-wide prayer meeting at the Sawridge, or, as they’ve renamed it – the Wood Buffalo Concert of Prayer.  As was said several times last night, we could always use more prayers.  There is an undeniable power as many different churches and congregations
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Embracing the “extra” life

Embracing the “extra” life

A week after my cousins lost their father, my Uncle Joe, I found myself feeling particularly grateful to talk to my own father, ignoring the fact that he phoned at 7 am on a Sunday, jarring everyone else from their sleep.  I was already up, as I’m habitually in my study no later than 6:30
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New YMM International Airport Terminal

New YMM International Airport Terminal

Truth be told, I didn’t want to go out to the airport grand opening gala last night.  I had had a beautiful, quiet day of working around the house and would have been quite happy to have stayed home.  But, I dutifully got my shoes all shined up and my tux ready in case Heather
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Birth of Birdsong

Birth of Birdsong

As we contemplated professional changes in our lives, it became clear to Heather and I that the time might be right to incorporate.  Could either of us have predicted this ten years ago?  No chance.  However, the way our professional paths have aligned, makes it advantageous to provide services under one masthead. We played with
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On The River – a tribute to Dorothy McDonald-Hyde

On The River – a tribute to Dorothy McDonald-Hyde

I had run into Rod Hyde, our neighbour and former principal of Fort McKay School, at the grocery store late last week.  We had a great conversation, as we always do, then parted ways to do some additional shopping.  He came and found me again a few minutes later and invited me to a special
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