Job Opportunity – Redpoll Community Animator

The United Way of Fort McMurray is seeking applications from people interested in joining our team in the role of The Redpoll Centre Community Animator. The Redpoll Centre Community Animator is the glue that connects, the spark that ignites, and the person in our nonprofit shared space in Shell Place…

IMPACT in February

  FEBRUARY 2016 Tuesday, February 2, 10:30am JOHN EVANS Chair of the United Way’s Community Investment Committee and board member with the Keyano College Foundation, John Evans has made giving back to the community integral to his approach to life. Find out why in the inaugural edition of IMPACT. Tuesday,…

Celebrating IMPACT

A long time ago, when I was much younger and had a few less grey hairs, I was in the radio broadcasting business. In fact, it was a radio job that brought me to Fort McMurray in the cold winter of 1996; I was the program director of the two…

Redpoll Centre on a roll

The Redpoll Centre – March 2014 It seems like just yesterday that I stood in this space with Diane Shannon and a group of media personalities getting a construction update tour of Shell Place. The exterior walls had not been closed in yet and The Redpoll Centre space was bitter cold…

Hip Hop for socks

The patrons of the Centre of Hope were the beneficiaries of a unique “sockraiser” held at the Shell Place Ballroom on December 6th. The brainchild of Miss Kelli Stewart, dance instructor at the Mi Dance Academy, the concept was first tried in Vancouver. “When I was living in Vancouver, myself and…

Twas the night before Sherry left

Twas the night before Sherry left when all through Shell Place Not a creature was stirring, not a mouse in our space The name tags were hanging by Hanna with care In hopes that all agencies were registered there Pavlina was at her desk, working til three To make sure…

Just your average day in the nest

When you talk to the tenants in The Redpoll Centre, you immediately get a sense of community that has developed in the short number of months that the nonprofit shared space has been open. Home to a total of 16 different agencies including The United Way of Fort McMurray, its…

Everyday superhero

Last Thursday evening, we came together for an important event, the 2015 VIP Red Carpet Reception – Volunteers Inspiring People. Sponsored by Unifor local 707, the event is a way to thank all of our volunteers. I was humbled and honoured to be asked to create a piece of art…

Celebrate National Child Day

As I sit at my desk and ponder the end of the United Way campaign for this year, I think about the many agencies that are United Way funded that support children. There are the obvious agencies that receive funding such as Fort McMurray Boys and Girls Club, Justin Slade…

VIP – Volunteers Inspiring People

The United Way is fuelled and inspired by volunteers. What began with Mary-Anne Warren’s determination to give back to her community by taking out a personal loan to get the organization up and running in 1978 continues 17 years later. Hundreds, if not thousands, choose to contribute to the community…