I am like so many other people here in Fort McMurray. My parents moved here in 2001 from Newfoundland for jobs. I was in high school at the time and a little reluctant to move. It took about a year before I fell in love with the community and didn't want to leave.
I spend most of my time being involved with the community in various formats, whether it's working, my work on the council, through volunteer efforts or the boards I sit on. I really enjoy getting to know the community and working within it. I'd say ninety percent of my time goes to working and volunteering the other ten is spending time with my family who often ends up getting roped into my projects.
After high school, I moved briefly to Ottawa and studied at the University of Ottawa in political science and public relations at Algonquin College then I moved back to Fort McMurray in 2009.
Fort McMurray just calls you back, there's a little bit of opportunity and possibility that's always here. You can come here and be a really big fish in a small pond.
I think Fort McMurray is not what people think it is. I don't think people should ever judge a book by its cover, although I think our cover is getting pretty darn great. Fort Mcmurray is a really great family community and I don't think people really realize that until they get here.
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