I am actually born and raised in Fort McMurray, 1987. Hospital the whole nine. We’re a dying breed or at least we were.
I actually fell in love with radio being here in Fort McMurray. We used to be just a two-station town. I was always fascinated by radio. As soon as I left Fort McMurray to go to high school in Edmonton, I found out that there were so many other different kinds of radio stations and different kinds of personalities. It just flooded my imagination with ideas and that's what made me want to get into it.
I came back to Fort McMurray to finish high school then as soon as I graduated I tried to get into NAIT down in Edmonton. It took me a couple tries but eventually, I got in and the timing worked out really well. Because as soon as I was done I heard the news about a new radio station opening up in Fort McMurray. And that's the one that I'm on and have been on for ten years now.
I was actually convinced that as soon as I left Fort McMurray and was out in the wild world I would never come back. I was sure I wouldn't come back to live with my parents if I did end up coming back. I'd want to find my own place and do my own thing. As soon as I was done school I was still in starving student mode and the radio station opened up and I bit my pride and came back and I’m really glad that I did.
I really do love the people here and the scenery that we have. It's a little bit changed after 2016 but it is amazing, the range of different things we can do and see here. We actually have seasons we have a full winter and a full summer it gets incredibly green in the summer. There's a lot of variety, a lot of people think there's not a lot of things to do here but there's the whole wide world at our doorstep.
"I was born in Fort McMurray, I never actually left. I was in the Catholic school system from kindergarten right up to grade twelve and then I got started with the Bachelor of Education through Keyano College it's a collaborative program through the U of A. It was really nice for me to get to live at home and not have a lot of student loans. I was also able to work as a lifeguard part time which really helped.
I love the opportunity Fort McMurray offers. I know that if I wasn't living in Fort McMurray I probably wouldn't have gotten this job right away. Fort McMurray definitely offers opportunity to lots of us.
This is home for me, it's definitely what you make of it. The people are what I like most about Fort McMurray. I’ve grown up here so I know a lot of people in the community.
I graduated in May, I wasn't even really looking for jobs yet then all of a sudden I got the call I got a job with the Fort McMurray Catholic School District."
"Well I was born and raised here so I didn't really have a choice but it's actually a good thing I really liked growing up in Fort McMurray. I have 2 brothers that also grew up here, 1 is still here but the other one moved away.
I went to St. Gabriel and I went to Father Merc, then went away to university I completed my 1st degree in Lethbridge and then went to Edmonton for my 2nd degree, then I became a teacher. I knew a lot of teachers were retiring at the time so I came back to Fort McMurray so I could get a job. I only had to sub for 2 months before I got a full-time position teaching grade 3 at Saint Annes School. I worked there for 11 years and I decided to change schools last year to Sister Mary Philips.
I have seen so many different changes in Fort McMurray. Some were for the better for the most part. There are things that definitely are around that weren't around before.
I really love the different spots, it's a little different now after the fire. Up in Abasand there use to be a look-out spot that was just beautiful. I use to love taking people there to show them how beautiful it is here in Fort McMurray. I love how they've re-done and fixed up the snye area its really nice to go to now, it’s a really nice feature to have in the community.
“I am originally from Fort McMurray. One of the things that I remember growing up here in the city is there use to be an old arena called Townsite Arena which used to be just on the other side of Keyano. I remember playing hockey there and spending a lot of time at the arena being a rink rat. It's pretty amazing to think its just a parking lot now but it's nice to see the growth in the community. It's nice to see places like Mac Island, Fort McKay Rink and Anzac Rink.
I went to Dr. Clark, Good Shepherd, and West View school. I left for some years to play high school hockey in Ontario and came back right after high school and completed my welding apprenticeship. I moved into a supervisory position with Suncor and now I have my own business, I am now a financial advisor.
It's been pretty neat to see how this community has evolved over the years. There are so many amazing people in the community. If you go looking for it, there is so much to do in Fort McMurray.”
“My story is actually pretty boring. My parents immigrated here in 1977, I am born and raised in Fort McMurray and I’m going to be buried here. The gentleman who actually delivered me, his name was K.P. Wong.
He actually has a ton of memorials around Fort McMurray because for a bunch of years he was the only gynecologist in town. I think he has like the highest record for deliveries, it's a crazy high number. From like 1980 to probably 2012 he delivered like an obscene amount of kids in Fort McMurray. I actually dated his daughter when I was in grade 8, that was pretty awkward for my mom. Cause I didn’t know he delivered me until my mom told me.”