National leader of United Way visits Fort McMurray

The last few weeks have presented me with an abundance of new experiences. On July 11th, I started at the United Way as a Community Impact Planner, a summer placement position to provide real world experience to add to my learning journey. I am pursuing a public relations degree at…

My blessing

A vital part of our community is our senior population. An important part of my life is volunteering. So it made sense to put them both together and I decided to volunteer with McMan Youth and Family Services here in Fort McMurray. They match caring volunteers with lonely seniors needing…

Job Opportunity with Pastew Place Detox Centre

(Post on behalf of Pastew Place Detox Centre) Pastew Place Detox Centre is currently seeking a Client Aide Worker. Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Detox Aide is responsible for all client care and the day to day operations of the Centre. Major functions/accountabilities: CLIENT INTAKE RESPONSIBILITIES •…

Multicultural Association of WB seeks ED

(posted on behalf of the Multicultural Association of Wood Buffalo) The Multicultural Association of Wood Buffalo (MCA) is seeking an Executive Director who will lead a non-profit organization with a major role in the development of the community. Reporting to a governance model board, the ideal candidate will be committed…

Volunteers making a difference

Hundreds of volunteers are in Fort McMurray right now, from across the province and country, and even some from around the world. They are here with global and national NGOs (non-governmental organizations) to lend a helping hand. One of these groups is Samaritan’s Purse. One of our colleagues at The…

This is home

Just two weeks after the re-entry process began, we held our first workplace campaign chairs meeting. At first, I couldn’t understand how we could be asking people to convene to talk about our annual fundraising drive so soon after being allowed back into our community. I thought we would only…

Blog post from Diane Shannon

The Red Cross symbol has always been in the background of our lives. As a young child, we were given a Red Cross pin to wear after we did fundraising at school and of course we grew up with badges stitched to our bathing suits designating the level of our…

Kindness after the fire

Anyone who pays attention to social media will have seen hundreds of posts about random acts of kindness that have happened during and after the evacuation of Fort McMurray.  In my case, it is these stories that bring on the tears, tales of compassion and generosity that punctuate how events…

Prints for first responders

We are deeply grateful to all the first responders and logistics personnel who contributed on the ground during the Fort McMurray Fire of 2016. Thanks to the generosity of five individuals: Stacey James, Adeen Bunning, Kevin Shulko, Tilly Fayad, and Paula MacLean; we are able to offer a 16″ x…

Introducing The Canadian True Power

Fort McMurray has had a strong multi-cultural side to it for decades. Our diversity has become even more pronounced in recent years as families have moved here from all over the world. A new social profit organization has emerged called The Canadian True Power (TCTP) focussing on helping with the…