What does HOME mean to you?

“This is home,” said one workplace campaign chair.

“This IS home,” said another.

The sentiment of HOME, as we sat around the Conference Centre at The Redpoll Centre in June sharing evacuation stories, was pervasive.

“What a perfect campaign theme,” said someone.

This is Home Media Wall

THIS IS HOME is the rallying cry of the 2016 United Way Community Campaign that kicks off on September 10th at the Shell Place Ballroom. Everyone is invited to a community pancake breakfast sponsored by DMG Events, producers of the Oil Sands Trade Show and Conference.

After everyone has chowed down on scrumptious pancakes, we are going to go for a little walk down to indoor turf field at Shell Place and take the Campaign Portrait. We’re going to need as many people as possible, young and old, to help us out.

“We’re going to spell the word HOME with people,” said Colin Hartigan, 2016 Community Campaign Chair. “It will be a great way to kick-off the campaign with lots of energy and fun.”

The activity will be photographed by Greg Halinda and filmed by Wood Buffalo Productions.

“Home is about a lot of things,” said Diane Shannon, Executive Director of The United Way of Fort McMurray. “But home is mostly about people: family, friends, co-workers and neighbours. That’s what this community campaign is all about.”

The free pancake breakfast will be served between 8:30 am and 10:00 am, followed right away by the campaign portrait. The first 600 people to arrive will receive a free “Defeat the Heat” t-shirt, donated by Norton Rose Fulbright Canada, based in Calgary. The will also be some roving characters at the event to help create a fun and friendly family atmosphere. Everyone is welcome. We will have seating for up to 800 people and CRUZ 100.5 will be broadcasting on location to add to the excitement.


Author: Russell Thomas

​Russell is a marketing and communications professional who has spent 20 years in Wood Buffalo working with the OK Radio Group, Keyano College, Arts Council Wood Buffalo, and now with The United Way of Fort McMurray. A regular blogger, Russell's writing can be seen online (www.middleagebulge.com) and in multiple publications. His paintings can be seen in homes and businesses throughout the community. Married to Heather and "Papa" to Dylan and Ben, Russell is a passionate spokesperson for United Way.