Scariest thing

Scariest thing

Yesterday morning I had an opportunity to spend 30 minutes with the 2012-13 Leadership Wood Buffalo class, a group of 25 emerging community leaders.  I had great intentions of preparing a dynamic speech, but found myself short of time to put anything together, so I made it up as I went along.  Sometimes – maybe
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Calendar Girls bare their souls and a little bit more

Calendar Girls bare their souls and a little bit more

I’m sure the ladies of Calendar Girls -Keyano Theatre Company’s newest production about to preview this evening – must be getting a tad anxious about getting in front of their first audience.  The well-known story, based on the lives of some real-life Yorkshire women, revolves around the personal impacts of cancer, the dreaded C-word that
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Billion dollar budget

Billion dollar budget

We have tabled our first billion dollar budget for discussion at the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.  A billion dollars! “What is one percent of a billion dollars?” I asked at a meeting last night. There are so many zeros involved that I had to use my trusty pen to work out the answer.  My ciphering confirmed
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The light within

The light within

It was one of the most incredible cultural experiences of my life – the Diwali and Annakut celebration hosted by BAPS Swaminarayan Satsang Mandal in Fort McMurray.  One of the most festive events in the Hindu calendar, Diwali is often referred to as the festival of lights.  Annakut, which literally translates to a ‘mountain of
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Broken Window

Broken Window

“Are you throwing that stuff away?” I asked the contractors – admiring long lengths of discarded wood leaning up against the wall. “Yes indeed,” he said. “Would you mind if I grabbed a few pieces?  I like to use recycled bits of wood to build things.” “Have at ‘er,” he replied. So, I rifled through
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Looking for a few good men

Looking for a few good men

We are looking for a few good men. It’s a great opening line, as Keyano Theatre Company (KTC) casts its nets trying to find some male actors.  With auditions for two different shows coming up this weekend, there is no better time for that person who wants to revisit their high school drama days or
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Freedom Singers

Freedom Singers

I had never heard of the Freedom Singers before being invited to bring greetings in my role as Deputy Mayor at a fundraising concert last night for the Seventh Day Adventist Church at the Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts.  Matthew – one of the hard working and talented communications guys working at the
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Rick Mercer Returns

Rick Mercer Returns

After we announced that Rick Mercer would be returning to Fort McMurray for Keyano Theatre and Arts Centre’s annual fundraiser – The Affair for the Arts presented by CBS Construction – we went back in history to the last time he was here, walking the sidewalks of Franklin Avenue with Mayor Melissa Blake. That was
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Oilsands Banquet VI

Oilsands Banquet VI

Westbrier Communications – Phil Enarson – has been producing the Oilsands Banquet for a number of years.  Working with a publications partner – this year Venture Publishing – Phil and his team put on what one high level official described as “the can’t miss oil sands event of the year”. Honorees have included the Oil
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Students verb Charities

Students verb Charities

Bob Wyatt, long-time Executive Director of The Muttart Foundation (23 years) and board member with Imagine Canada, described the struggle they had trying to come up with a name for this contest designed to inspire post-secondary students to illuminate the importance of the voluntary sector. “We knew the name had to have STUDENTS in it,”
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