Moving time

Over the last couple of weeks we have been slowly packing up The Redpoll Centre on Franklin Avenue preparing for our relocation to Shell Place. With just a couple of days before the move, most of the files are in boxes, walls have been cleared of pictures, and excitement is building.

The Redpoll Centre on Franklin Avenue has been a great success over its six years of operation. Many social profit organizations have collaborated, innovated and been strengthened within these walls. It has hosted countless meetings, workshops, presentations and even a couple of theatrical productions. I’ll never forget performing A Zoo Story with Kenny Jones (former United Way Community Campaign Chair) on a tiny little stage in the board room during the interPLAY Festival. We used the kitchen as our dressing room.

Much thanks needs to be given to Suncor Energy Foundation for their support of this vision of a social profit shared space. They invested a lot of money and human resources to help this space come to life. People like Ed Kamps, Cathy Glover, Kim Nordbye, Tracey Carnochan, Tracey Wolsey, Brenda Erskine and many others were instrumental in championing the idea that we could strengthen each other by working in a collaborative shared space model.


While everything gets staged for Monday’s move here on Franklin Avenue, The Redpoll Centre at Shell Place is starting to take shape. Modular walls are in place, work stations and furniture are being assembled, and all the final details to get us operational are coming together.

We have appreciated working with a broad range of suppliers and service providers. Solutions Business Interiors have been great partners through the whole journey, as have our friends at the Regional Recreation Corporation. Contractors from a variety of different companies have communicated well with each other to work toward our goal of making this move in a very tight window of time.

As with any project of this scope and scale, there could be a period of a few days when it might be tough knowing how to get in touch with us. Our Franklin Avenue will be closed for business between May 25 – 31 as we do the final clean-up and prepare the space for the new tenants. We will be unable to accept guests at The Redpoll Centre at Shell Place until we get our occupancy permit.

Watch our social media channels and our website for further updates. We appreciate your patience as we go through this transition period. Soon you will be able to visit us and up to 15 other social profit, sports and cultural organizations in The Redpoll Centre at Shell Place.


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 ( 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.