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2018 Community Campaign Goal is Revealed

A crowd gathered together under the canopy of the Heritage Shipyard earlier today as the 2018 United Way Fort McMurray and Wood Buffalo Community Campaign officially kicked off. The program opened with Gilly Alook, a Woodland Cree; traditional knowledge keeper from the Bigstone Cree First Nation in Treaty 8 Territory….

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Building Homes for Families in Need

In a reverse IMPACT interview, Russell Thomas took the place of interviewee and discussed the recent humanitarian trip he and his wife Heather took to Southeast Asia with Bracelets 4 Buildings.   Russell was first introduced to Bracelets 4 Buildings when one of the organizations co-founders, Kent, purchased a painting…

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Last Day of Online Auction

With the ‘Give What You Can United Way Auction’ ending today at 2 p.m., it is your last chance to bid on some fantastic items. There is a wide selection of items to choose from, including a Ride Along in a Fire Truck, an autographed Tragically Hip bottle of wine…

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Online auction planned

Update: The Auction is now live and can be accessed by clicking here: —- There are so many examples of people giving what they can to meet community needs. With our campaign projected to fall short of the community need goal by about $1.5 million, staff, board and volunteers are…

Impact with Amanda Holloway

Support for individuals living in homelessness

The Centre of Hope was created to help homeless and underemployed individuals in the community overcome barriers through professional assistance, support and advocacy.  Executive Director, Amanda Holloway, joined Russell Thomas on IMPACT to recount her experiences with the centre. Source from:– bandage dresses Originally from rural Newfoundland, Amanda was first…

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So all kids can play

One of our newer partner agencies is Kidsport Wood Buffalo. A chapter of the national Kidsport organization, this local group has been active for about 7 years. Earlier this year, they brought on Fatima Dhooma as their Chapter Coordinator; she joined us on IMPACT in early October. The former President…

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Embracing life with MS

Over the last couple of years, I’ve watched Crista Watts Baker blossom into an amazing artist, expressing profound ideas through the use of what she calls “Karmatography”. I’ve also watched as she has gone in and out of hospital dealing with flare ups of her relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis. I…

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Talent Search focuses on the gift in the giving

We’re breaking new ground with the first ever United Way Family Day on September 30th from 11 am to 3 pm. It’s something completely new to us: bringing the community together in the middle of the annual campaign. The Nexen Activity Field House at the Suncor Community Leisure Centre on…

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A return to servant leadership

When Jason King walks into the office at Some Other Solutions (SOS) every morning, it feels like he has found his professional home. He is the organization’s relatively new Executive Director, having assumed the role back in May. Jason was our guest on IMPACT on August 29th; he shared his…

Angela Wang

Youth leader and innovator

Our Community Investment Committee is made up of volunteers from all aspects and ages of our community, including young people. On a recent edition of IMPACT, I had a chance to sit down with Angela Wang, a recent graduate from Westwood Community High School, the class valedictorian and a United…