Inspired to volunteer

Kevin Breen works at Keyano College as the Chair of the Construction Trades. He also is President of the Fort McMurray Minor Baseball Association and Co-host of the 2016 Canada Cup Host Committee. He was our guest on IMPACT on April 5th and shared his story. Kevin, like so many…

Finding purpose

When Jennifer Best was a young person, growing up in Burlington, Ontario, she was a self-described “bad kid”. She made no bones about it during our conversation on IMPACT, heard Tuesday mornings at 10:30 on KAOS 91.1. “I was a terrible kid,” she said. “I challenged everything and I ran…

Artist and arts champion

We were fortunate to have one of Fort McMurray’s verifiable entertainment celebrities on IMPACT back on March 22nd. Michelle Thorne is an actor, director, producer, and arts advocate working with Arts Council Wood Buffalo and Theatre; Just Because. Born and raised in this community, apart from a short stretch of…

Respect, kindness and mindfulness

TJ Carabeo is like so many other McMurrayites who have travelled many miles to get here. In the case of the 30 year old Manager of Child and Youth Programs at Some Other Solutions, he started his journey in Manila, Philippines where he spent the first 8 or 9 years…

The little things make the biggest difference

The IMPACT radio show is into its second month on KAOS 91.1. Started as a means of sharing stories of people who are making a difference in the community, it has successfully resulted in a number of great conversations, including one that happened on March 8th with Doug Nicholls, Superintendent…

Premier visits The Redpoll Centre

On Friday, March 4th, The United Way hosted two distinguished guests. Premier Rachel Notley and Finance Minister Joe Ceci were in town for the entire day and spent the final portion of their visit hearing from different sectors of the community during an engagement session held in The Redpoll Centre…

Giving back to his community

When Michael Mankowski returned to Fort McMurray a couple of years ago with friends and business partners Matt Thomas and Jonathan Rice it was done out of necessity. After having made two low budget feature films, they had run out of money and needed to come back to the community…

They are the best of us

I had to pre-record the February 23rd edition of IMPACT as I was going to be out of the country on that date. So, Kate Penney, Shelters Manager from The Salvation Army Community Services Centre came into the studio the week before and we had a delightful 30-minute visit. You…

Bo Cooper’s miracle

Bo Cooper is a 26-year-old fire fighter from Fort McMurray who is currently at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland receiving a cutting edge treatment for leukemia. Not yet approved in Canada, this Cat T Cell therapy has a great chance to save Bo’s life. He is in the middle of…

On turning left instead of right

My first guest on IMPACT, our new weekly radio show on KAOS 91.1, was John Evans, President of UBS Canada, Chair of the United Way’s Investment Committee, and board member with the Keyano College Foundation. John began his transition to Fort McMurray – he commuted back and forth from Halifax…