RARA Dylan

RARA Dylan

Dylan strode to the front of the banquet hall as his name was called, swinging his legs with a fury to join several other young people from the various school districts who were being lauded as junior achievers.  He tried to traverse the two steps up to the platform but tripped up slightly as his
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Leadership opportunity hits home

Leadership opportunity hits home

You can tell when an audience is engaged.  They lean forward in their chairs, focus their eyes on the speaker, and ask remarkably astute questions.  That is what we experienced last night as we held our annual Leadership Wood Buffalo information evening at the Merit Hotel.  An event that has been consistently growing in popularity
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Discovering Leadership Wood Buffalo

Discovering Leadership Wood Buffalo

Our former Vice President of Instruction at Keyano College, Marylea Jarvis called me up to her office in the summer of 2006 to ask me if I’d be interested in being a part of the first cohort of a new program called Leadership Wood Buffalo (LWB).  After listening to the elevator pitch and hearing that
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Memories and meaning

Memories and meaning

Chicago, 2012, photo from Fort McMurray Today As I began to clear the dishes from the dinner table I inexplicably started singing “Give ’em the old razzle dazzle, razzle dazzle ’em” from Chicago.  Heather joined in for a few lines before continuing on with her preparations for the evening yoga class.  It’s been more than
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Auditioning for TEDxFortMcMurray

Auditioning for TEDxFortMcMurray

You’d think after decades of public speaking, emceeing and being a seasoned broadcaster that auditioning for a TEDx talk would be like falling off a log, easy. It wasn’t. I started to feel the nerves the moment I awoke, knowing that today was the day.  I stretched up my neck, peering over the edge of
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New friends old stories

New friends old stories

There are some people you meet in life who seem to fit right in, like they’ve been around all along.  Joyce and Peter Hunt had that effect on me.  They popped into my office yesterday while on a whirlwind tour of the community preparing for the local launch event for Joyce’s new book on the
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Land release is big news

Land release is big news

I was over in the Sport and Wellness Centre with Ministers Jeff Johnson (Infrastructure) and Greg Weadick (Advanced Education) as they handed out some grant cheques to the Fort McMurray Fish and Game Association, Northern Alberta Athletics Association (Oil Barons) and the Wood Buffalo Sport Hall of Fame.  So, I had no idea what was
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Millennial chaos cometh

Millennial chaos cometh

I’m ready to lose my mind.  Somewhere between leaving for the weekend and coming back, my elder son “lost” his ac power cord for his notepad computer.  As we searched every conceivable place where it might have landed, I began to realize the root cause of this cord chaos – there are too many. Even
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Chicago blazes

Chicago blazes

There are any number of things I should be doing right now.  With several presentations looming on the not-too-distant horizon, I should be focusing my efforts there, but doing so would be doing a disservice to the cast and crew of Chicago, a Keyano Theatre Company musical production that we enjoyed this afternoon.  So, while
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Exercise, the silent menace

Exercise, the silent menace

I found myself in the Syncrude Sport & Wellness Centre with my running shoes and workout gear yesterday, the first time since I lost all this weight.  I had taken up the offer to play some badminton with a couple of colleagues, and as I stood there at the front counter waiting for them to
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