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There's nothing quite like putting on that special dress for a big event and feeling like a million bucks... feeling like royalty! For me, the feeling came in seeing our cover model, Jasmine – absolutely gorgeous – modelling our original 'McMurray Girl Couture' gown.

Editor, Creative Director Kyla Getty 780-370-4900 ads@mcmurraygirl.com www.mcmurraygirl.com Advertising Sales Please direct advertising inquiries to: Publication Rep Lisa Durda 780-714-7100 lisa@mcmurraygirl.com

The gown grew from concept to creation – tailored from amongst the compilation of the 700 pages of McMurray Girl's issues over the years. As exciting as the creative process was, seeing the dress' form brought to life meant so much more to me. As we lovingly chose and layered pages to create the bodice and skirt, we were taken on a journey. We relived amazing events and reminisced about the fun and collaboration that went into each and every photoshoot. This piece of art is not only a commemoration of our 12 issues, but the accomplishments of each and every one of the women we have featured along the way. The dress tells the rich story of McMurray's female community – the strength, beauty, and creativity of the women who have made this region home.

Thank You to our Contributors...

This is the celebration issue. Whether you are planning a wedding, party or sending your girl off to grad – seize the opportunity to bask in the appreciation of each occasion in life. The months of May and June bring many fun events - and the arrival of the sun is like a spotlight on a place for which we are honored to celebrate as our own.

(In order of appearance) Kelsey Stefanizyn, Melanie Matheson, Kailey Allen, Heather Grant, Kiran Malik-Khan, Tita Cool, Candace Cheney, Sarah Trottier, Courtney Sweeney, Dr. Viet Tran, Jessica Musycsyn, Jenn Cluett, Cherie Walsh, Theresa Wells, Carolyn Murray, Melissa Pennell ...and to all who made this issue possible!

Photography: (In order of appearance) Virginia Frank Photography www.shutterstock.com J.M. Photography & Design Farhan and Faizan Studios – Pakistan David De Borjas of Detour Photography Forever Young Photography

On the Cover:

McMurray Girl, Jasmine Hunt McMurray Girl is Published By

© McMurray Girl 2013. All articles in McMurray Girl are protected under Canadian copyright law. Articles and other related material may not be copied, published, distributed, downloaded, or otherwise stored in a retrieval system, transmitted or converted, in any form or by any means, electronic or otherwise, without the prior written permission of McMurray Girl or the individual article authors. We accept no responsibility, nor bear any liability for any results (desired or otherwise) of the products and services described or advertised within. Please consult your health care professional before making any decisions regarding your body and general well-being. At McMurray Girl, efforts are made to ensure that the articles and information we publish are as accurate as possible at the time of publication, but no responsibility can be taken by McMurray Girl for any errors or omissions contained herein. Responsibility for any losses, damages or distress resulting from adherence to any information made available through this publication is not the responsibility of McMurray Girl or it’s publisher – Gett Creative Inc. The opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of McMurray Girl, the editor or publisher.

McMurray Girl model, Jasmine Hunt says yes to the dress! See Jasmine and friends in more dazzling dresses on page 41.

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EVENT DAY MUST-HAVE Double sided tape!

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TIPS FOR THE HOME PARTY PLANNER Give yourself additional time, plan in advance and play with lighting!

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'RECIPE' FOR A GREAT EVENT Personalized touches, background music, and conversation Pieces.

THE BEST EVENT YOU'VE BEEN TO State of the Island 2011. It was the first event that I attended in Fort McMurray before beginning work at MacDonald Island. I was amazed at the transformation of the facility.


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“Whether our clients are looking to plan a meeting, conference or special event, MacDonald Island Park Event Specialists are on hand to assist. We offer a unique experience, making sure our clients always remain our main priority. Our team of talented professionals are on hand to assist with planning, conceptualization and execution of the event”, states Kelsey Stefanizyn who leads the team of Event Specialists at MacDonald Island Park.

“The best events always ensure the following: hospitable hosts, incredible live music, mouth watering food, décor that leaves a lasting impression and always a little “something” that surprises the guests.”

Kelsey's recipe for a great event is to first make sure she understands the purpose of the event. “What does the client want out of it? Who are they targeting? What is their budget? What can I offer them? How can we push creative boundaries?” – Wise criteria for anyone to consider when embarking on the planning of an event.

LARGEST EVENT PLANNED Definitely The Northern Classic. It was an outdoor hockey game in the dead of our Canadian Winter with approximately 5000 people, that also had a live concert with The Trews. It had a lot of moving parts!

EVENT DAY MUST-HAVES Red bull, two cell phones, my head set and my team!

Heather Grant EVENT SPECIALIST

“I chose this industry for the exciting and everchanging environment and the chance to learn and grow as the industry changes.” LARGEST EVENT The Canadian Junior Curling Championships. It was a very exciting opportunity and allowed me to see many different facets of the event industry. Working with TSN was a really great learning experience! 'RECIPE' FOR A GREAT EVENT Preparation, organization, and team-work.

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Kelsey's personal connection to Mac Island runs deep. Growing up in this community, she even assisted in planning her high school graduation at the facility. She feels she has come full-cirlce in her career. This pride is mirrored throughout entire team who are a passionate, creative and determined set with a collective, mega-portfolio of impressive event accomplishments at the facility known as Canada's largest social centre.

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chances are those events have very large budgets and professional planners to make them look so “easy”. Be Creative!

DIY projects go a long way and are a great way to keep your budget down.


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Party Perfect at SSWC Want to be mom or dad of the year? Invite King, the Keyano Huskies super cool mascot to your child’s next birthday party, or celebration at the Syncrude Sport & Wellness Centre. | by Kiran Malik-Khan

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That’s right. King will come to your party and enliven the festivities! Keyano’s Syncrude Sport & Wellness Centre is more than just a fitness hub. It’s the destination for your next celebration. From major, high-end events like the Keyano Gala to cultural events hosted by community organizations, the Sport & Wellness Centre has so much to offer. Did you know we host 270 birthday parties a year? We provide bouncy castles and sporting equipment, and what’s more, you can bring in your food – just what you like. “You can book any one of our three field houses, a board room, or one of our two dance studios. We will set up tables and chairs and our staff helps with clean up afterwards,” explains Jennie Walker, Marketing Manager, Keyano’s Sport & Wellness Centre. “No matter what your event – a birthday, end of the year party, girls’ night out, or guys get together, we have something for you. We offer an assortment of fun, affordable options for groups of all ages, sizes, and abilities,” she added.

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Party Plans Below are a few of the options. So make the Syncrude Sport & Wellness Centre your next celebration venue. You’ll have a bouncy time!

Bouncin' Play Let your children jump until their hearts are content in our large 5-in-1 Bouncy Castle (includes jumping, basketball, obstacle course, stairs, and a giant slide). A fun and active party experience - your event will be the talk of the school long after the celebrating is done! Recommended Ages: 3-10 years

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Super Sporty Celebration Play your favourite sports with your friends! With a variety of equipment for multiple sports, there is something for everyone: basketball, soccer, floor hockey, volleyball, and more! Choose from 1/3 or 2/3 of the Alberta Building Trades Field. Super Sporty Celebrations can accommodate both small and large groups. Cost: $75/hour for 1/3 of field, $125/hour for 2/3 of field

Please call 780-791-7792 for more information, or to book a facility. To secure your reservation full payment is required upon booking. Payments can be made over the phone or in person. Payment options include VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Debit or Cash. No refund will be issued for cancellations within five (5) working days of the event.

Please note that all costs are subject to GST and all Syncrude Sport & Wellness Centre rental facilities are peanut-free.

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A routine call to the BC Transplant Society and one question that I felt we had already exhausted over the years, was the beginning of the rest of our lives. I had called to follow-up after the last check up to see where her diagnosis was and what our next step may be. After hearing that 6 months to a year was all the time we had left, In desperation, I had asked if there was anything else we could do. The lady over the phone asked me if I had ever thought about being an in-house donor. I had said yes, but thought that my sister and I were not a match (and I guess age, at the time the family had considered it.) She explained that it would be best that I come in for an exam. I flew out to Vancouver in May for a week of exams – from ultra sounds, to MRIs, to speaking with a psychologist – there was no stone un-turned. I had various exams here in Fort McMurray, as well. One month later, I found out I was a match and they were preparing for surgery in September. They asked me if I wanted to think it over – but I knew I was going to do it no matter what. The transplant took place on September 17, 2012 in over 10 hours of surgery. My family, husband, and friends in both Fort McMurray and BC were all an amazing support to my mother and I through the entire process. We went through a whirlwind of emotions, but our family stuck together and helped each other through the hard times. My eldest brother, who is like a father figure to us, kept everyone going. My mother's recovery is more complicated than mine was, and she will face yet another surgery, but I'm happy to say that we are both doing well. My mom is a hard-working, single mother. She is the glue that holds everyone together, the rock that only a mother can be for her family. I had an extraordinary opportunity to give back life to the person who gave me mine, and I took it! This year, more than ever, Mother's Day will be a celebration of love, life and family.


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Directions: Preheat the oven to 350°. Spray & Flour two 9� cake pans In a medium, heatproof bowl, combine the cocoa powder and chocolate pieces. Whisk in the boiling water until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is combined. In a large bowl, cream the butter and granulated sugar. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until blended. Sift in the flour, baking powder and salt and mix until just combined. Alternating, add the chocolate mixture and wine in batches, mixing well between each addition, until the batter is smooth. Divide among the pans. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 20-30 minutes. Let cool in the pan. Chocolate Fudge Frosting 1 pound powder sugar 1/2 cup cocoa 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/3 cup boiling water 1/3 cup butter 1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions: Combine dry ingredients, add the butter and mix well, add the water and vanilla mix well. It will look thin but it will get thick and fudgy.

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To Make the Mousse: Prepare mold by taking two bowls that match each other, and line them with plastic wrap. Combine and heat the chocolate with the sugar. Melt the ganache in another saucepan. Dissolve gelatin in the water, let soften for at least 5-10 minutes. Combine all of these while still warm and fold in a small amount of the whipped cream to cool it down slightly. Fold in the rest of the whipped cream. Pour into prepared molds, push into them mousse any baked cake of your choice. Freeze overnight. When frozen, remove from the

molds, you can either leave them in the dome shape, or to create the sphere that I did, apply a thin layer of chocolate ganache on to one cake & top with the other. Decorate as desired; I like to drizzle mine with a little melted chocolate ganache. Photos Š Virginia Frank Photography

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Strawberry Champagne Napoleon Ingredients: 3 Sheets of Store-bought Puff Pastry 1L heavy cream (36%) 15 grams gelatin with ¾ cup water ½ cup icing sugar 1 tsp vanilla 2 cups ripe strawberries, sliced Champagne Extract (can substitute for any type of extract) to taste White Chocolate Ganache Ganache: 1 cups whipping cream 1 cups milk 41.5 grams corn syrup 1000 grams white chocolate

Photos © Virginia Frank Photography

Directions: Prepare your puff pastry (some store-bought puff pastry requires you to roll it out to your desired size.) You will need to make three sheets at a size of 12”x 5”, place parchment paper underneath the pastry on a sheet pan, prick each pastry with a fork several times, then place a greased sheet pan on top of the pastry to weigh them down while cooking. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire rack for 10 minutes. Prepare your filling by softening the gelatin. Whip the heavy cream with the sugar, and both extracts until you have reached soft peaks. Melt the gelatin mixture, gently so you do not overheat. Then fold into the whipped cream. Take the backside of one of the pastry layers and ice that with the chocolate ganache. If you would like to make a design, drizzle some dark chocolate into the ganache before it sets. Put in the fridge to allow the ganache to harden slightly. Place one layer of the pastry on to your serving platter, arrange ½ of the strawberries on that piece. Pipe ½ cream mousse mixture on top, place another piece of puff pastry & repeat. Top the napoleon with the ganached puff pastry layer. Let set in the fridge for 4 hours. Ganache Directions: Heat the cream, milk and glucose in a heavy bottomed pot. Do not boil, just scald. When it gets to that point, add in the chocolate and let sit for five minutes. Whisk until chocolate has combined and the entire mixture is smooth, set aside. celebrations 2013 | mcmurraygirl.com

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Are there any steps I can take before or after the procedure to help with sensitivity? We suggest Advil, Motrin or ibuprofen.

Get event-ready by whitening up your best accessory – your SMILE...

Dr. Viet Tran of Fort McMurray Dental Centre answers our questions about Teeth Whitening

What different options are available for teeth whitening in your clinic? The first option is Laser Whitening. This consists of one, 2-hour session. The second option is Take Home Whitening. Custom Trays are made for you to wear at home for 3 minutes per day. The more you wear, the whiter your teeth will be, in result.

How long before my 'big day' should I have my teeth whitened? We suggest teeth whitening one week before your event to give time for the sensitivity to subside so you can enjoy your 'big day.' How long after teeth whitening can I eat foods that may stain? 24-48 hours - the longer, the better. What is the maintenance routine like after the whitening process? You can maintain by using the take home bleaching products. see our ad, page 40

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Mayor Melissa Blake speaks at the launch of the Wood Buffalo RCMP's centennial celebrations.


message from Mayor Melissa Blake Hello, McMurray Girl! Winter is tucked away for the year, spring has sprung, and the summer sun is shining brighter and longer every day. This time of year always brings with it a wonderful sense of new beginnings, rebirth and appropriate to this edition of McMurray Girl… celebrations! There is no shortage of things to celebrate in Wood Buffalo. We celebrate our people, our history, and the incredible future we have ahead of us. One event that warrants celebration throughout 2013 is the Wood Buffalo RCMP’s centenary. For one hundred years our police force have been protecting the region and making our neighbourhoods safe places to live. More than a policing presence, the Wood Buffalo RCMP are a dedicated and passionate group of men and women who have been integral to developing our region into a wonderful place to call home. I thank them for the work they have done in this community over the last 100 years and the service they will provide over next 100. I invite you to take advantage of celebrations they will be holding throughout the year to mark the centennial and encourage you to extend a word of thanks and congratulations to them. These months also bring us Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. I hope you have an opportunity to mark these occasions with loved ones. Given that many of our residents are away from family, perhaps those days provide the opportunity to reflect on someone around you who has been a mentor, a guide, or a role model. Our community is blessed to have an abundance of incredible people to admire, recognize and celebrate. Of course, at this time of year many of our residents will be celebrating their new life together as wedding bells ring! For those of you in this category, or anyone planning a great spring party, I hope this edition of McMurray Girl offers some great ideas and insights.

Sincerely, Melissa Blake, Mayor

see&do Canada Day Parade • July 1 On July 1, 2013, watch downtown Fort McMurray light up with colorful floats and exciting contributors eluding patriotic spirit for the Canada Day Parade. A great way to celebrate Canada’s birthday, support local organizations and - if you’re lucky - get free candy! It is a fun event for all ages!

Community Guide to Recreation, Culture & Social Services Looking for an activity, club, or event to get involved in? Every spring and fall the Municipality produces what is popularly known as the Leisure Guide. This comprehensive community guide showcases the many recreational and cultural opportunities in the region. Since 2012, a social service directory has also been included. Copies are available for free at the Jubilee Centre and various other locations such as MacDonald Island Park, Keyano College, and the YMCA. It can also be viewed online at www.woodbuffalo.ab.ca/CommunityGuide.

Parks for the whole family (even the furry members) Living in lush Wood Buffalo gives residents and visitors access to its abundance of outdoor recreational parks. With more than 120 km of maintained trails, all are welcome to walk, run or bike the Birchwood Trails. If specific sports parks are more your thing, Wood Buffalo can accommodate; with basketball, baseball, football, skateboard, soccer, tennis and more! And to cool off after a busy day of playing in the recreational fields or jogging the trails of Wood Buffalo, the region has spray parks for a splash of fun. BUT, we can’t forget the pups of the family- with four off-leash dog parks in Fort McMurray everyone has the opportunity to let loose. Visit woodbuffalo.ab.ca/living for more information and maps to the various parks in our region.


The 2013 flower of Wood Buffalo is the Black-eyed Susan.

Photos courtesy of the RMWB

celebrating spring in the rmwb.

| by Jessica Musycsyn

Spring is here and the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo knows how to celebrate! Beautification Coordinators at the RMWB work hard each year to coordinate the Community Clean Up; beautifying the region for all residents to enjoy! Each Spring, business owners and residents generously commit a couple of hours to the Community Clean Up by picking up unseemly garbage in a specific area of the region. The RMWB supplies program participants with all of the cleaning supplies needed for the clean-up, including; bags, gloves and picker sticks. Participants are encouraged to document their community clean-up experience by submitting photos. There are three Community Clean Up Contests; Best Team Photo, Best Clean Up Action Shot and Best Anti-Litter Message (image, video or voice). Garbage bag pick-up is provided by the RMWB to participants after they've finished beautifying their area. Seville Kwan, Beautification Coordinator at the RMWB, Community Strategies Department, looks forward to the Community Clean Up each Spring.

NOMINATE YOUR NEIGHBOUR, coordinated through the Wood Buffalo Communities in Bloom, encourages residents to recognize their neighbours impressive front yard displays in landscaping, planting or floral designs. This program opens on June 21st in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. Nominate your neighbour this Spring at: www.woodbuffalo.ab.ca/cib

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON COMMUNITY CLEAN UP or the Nominate your Neighbor Program, call (780) 788-1489 or email: seville.kwan@woodbuffalo.ab.ca

"Community Clean Up is a fun way to get to know your coworkers and neighbours, while doing something great for the environment. Thousands of volunteers pitch in each year to assist with beautifying our community. Its been exciting to have watched this program grow into what it has become, with more participants registering each year." Register at www.woodbuffalo.ab.ca/cleanup 39


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For Jasmine, Cherie chose purple polish and eyeshadow to contrast the teal green of the gown.

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with lace. The detailing on this HIGH-LOW GOWN makes it a SHOWSTOPPER.

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Cherie of MUSE Created this colour STORYBOARD TO

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PHOTOSHOOT PRODUCTION TEAM CREATIVE DIRECTOR, Kyla Getty PHOTOGRAPHY, Virginia Frank Photography STYLIST, Jenn Cluett - Castaspella Boutique MAKEUP ARTIST, Cherie Walsh - MUSE HAIR STYLIST, Cherie Walsh - MUSE MODELS, Cherie Walsh, Courtney Sweeney, and Jasmine Hunt


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They are still in my closet, worn a couple of times since then but unlikely to ever see the kind of celebration they did at a New Year’s Eve gala in an Irish castle. | by Theresa Wells

They danced the night away to the sounds of an Irish band that played Michael Buble tunes, and they stood on a damp green Irish lawn at midnight as I watched fireworks explode over Lough Corrib. They are a glittery pair of highheeled Jimmy Choo sandals, and they will forever be associated in my mind with a magical night in Ireland. I think many women associate shoes with special events in their lives. I still recall the first pair of shoes I fell in love with, bought the first week I started University in the city where I grew up. I had liked shoes before, but this pair of shoes, a pair of red and black checked flats that reminded me of the kind of flannel jacket a lumberjack wears, became my first “adult” shoes, and I wore them until the soles were paper thin. I suspect it’s because we often purchase shoes for a special occasion, and so they become intrinsically linked in our minds with those events.

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I even remember buying the Jimmy Choo sandals I mention above because it was on a very special trip to Selfridges in London, England. The shoe department at Selfridges is like a candy store for shoe lovers, the largest shoe department in the world with thousands on display at any one time. I recall spending hours trying on shoes to match the evening gown I had selected, and finally narrowing it down to two pairs of shining champagne coloured heels. Those sandals became part of the celebration for me, even when late at night they were no longer on my feet and instead clutched in my hand by their slender straps. Those shoes were not just part of the celebration, though – they were celebrations themselves.

I think while we might buy shoes for celebrations we can forget that the shoes themselves are celebratory. Shoes are a hallmark of personality, a way to define character. A shoe-nista like myself can tell a lot about someone from their shoes, whether they choose stilettos or flats, boots or pumps. The shoes we wear speak to who we are, and they tell the world a tiny little bit about us every time we take a step.

Shoes are not just for celebrations, shoes are celebrations. They celebrate who we are and what we love. They show the world if we are whimsical or practical, if we are more concerned with comfort or fashion, and if we choose to race through life on flats or saunter through on 4-inch heels. Shoes are not meant to be worn to celebrations, they are meant to be celebrations of our personalities and ourselves.

They might just be the things we put on our feet to protect them from the elements, or they might be the way we signal the world about who we are. Shoes might just be little pieces of leather or lace or suede to some – but to me they are instead small beautiful celebrations of the soul of the woman who wears them.

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1. The suits make the men. Whether a traditional tux or a well-tailored suit, it's always best to start the wardrobe search a few months in advance. Out-of-town groomsmen can have their measurements professionally taken in their hometowns, which will allow you to order the perfect attire for everyone on your list. 2. Take a comfort cue. Purchasing his shoes one month in advance allows him to break them in – avoiding unsightly barefoot reception dancing. 3. Put the 'Man' in manicure. There's no shame in being wellgroomed. Book a couples mani or pedi leading up to the event. Once in spa robes and sipping the complimentary wine, this can be a surprisingly intimate way to get event-ready together. 4. Don't be a slave to the shave. Fine barbers such as Tommy Gunn's Original Barber shop offer professional, hot shaves. Book the guys in early that day to allow skin to relax in time for the big moment.

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global celebrations | Celebrating EID | by Kiran Malik-Khan

Celebrating

EID Chun Chun.

The unmistakable, intoxicating smell of henna delighting your senses. An aromatic feast featuring scintillating entrees and desserts. You wake up to the music of bracelets gleaming on your wrists, and the henna smiling on your palms. It’s Eid. The house is in a beautiful, and contagious frenzy. You begin the day with food that you will savour for the next three days, and dazzlingly beautiful clothes await you. If you are from Pakistan that means the latest, top fashion from the Eid collection. It means the tunic-like shirt – kameez, and the shalwar – loose pants, are custom made to ensure you look stunning, and ready to make even the severest critic do a double-take. It means you, and everything today will be memorable. Eid (rhymes with deed) is a joyous holiday celebrated twice a year by Muslims around the world. Eid is an Arabic word, which means “festivity.” In Pakistan, it is a time to come together as a family, celebrate one another, with good food, beautiful attire for which preparation begins at least a month in advance, or more, and a lovely sense of togetherness. The first holiday, Eid-ul-Fitar, or the Feast of Breaking the Fast, is celebrated after the holy month of Ramadan, while the second one is Eid-ul-Adha, or the Feast of Sacrifice, commemorating Prophet Abraham’s near sacrifice of his son Ishmael for God – an account that exists in every major holy book from the Holy Quran to the Bible. It follows the pilgrimage to Mecca known as Hajj. Both three-day holidays are a highlight of the Islamic calendar, and should they fall on a week-day in Canada, or North America for that matter, you will often see Muslims take a day off from work, and school.

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Locally, hundreds of Muslims come together to begin both celebrations with a morning prayer before enjoying the day with friends and family, often with a big feast and party. Fort McMurray fashionistas are in for a treat every time Eid is around the corner. Nisa Collection, our town’s premier Pakistani home-based, licensed boutique specializes in Eid couture and a collection to die for. “Screen printing on silk is in right now when it comes to hot items in Pakistan. It involves vibrant ink sketches on the fabric, and it’s pretty much a traffic stopper,” explains Juvaria Javaid, who is overseeing Nisa Collection’s local chapter, following owner/ designer Uzma Syed’s move to Calgary last summer. “In addition, our Eid collection will also feature Mogul art, which of course is derived from the days of royalty in India. We have different cuts, styles, and can custom order anything you desire, in addition to bridal wear,” added Javaid. Thanks to Nisa Collection, Eid means not only being treated to the latest fashion from home, but also to enjoy novelty items like henna, bangles, and other jewelry items, all available for sale. Nisa Collection is located at 129 Gravelstone Way in Stone Creek. For more information, visit their Facebook page: www.facebook. com/nisa-collectionsyed


Clockwise: Nabahat and Basma in Nisa Collection’s Eid collection. Photo by Jacquie McFarlane Owner/Designer Uzma Syed with her daughter Hibah – notice the beautiful henna designs. Photo by: Farhan and Faizan Studios – Pakistan Kayla is beautiful in Pakistani attire – also from the Eid collection – Photo by JM Photography Juvaria Javaid is the face of Nisa Collection Fort McMurray – Photo by: David De Borjas of Detour Photography celebrations 2013 | mcmurraygirl.com

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... by the Book

Planning parties can sometimes be so stressful that you, as hostess, never really get to enjoy the good food, specialty drinks or have the opportunity to truly admire the decor. Fort McMurray Public Library can help you plan, create and pull off the perfect summer party from casual backyard affairs to over the top weddings and other celebrations.

Wedding planning in particular, can cause stress for a number of months or even years leading up to the actual wedding date and whether you want to save on budget, save the earth, or savour time with friends and family, you will undoubtedly find useful guides, tips and resources in the library collection. Even though plenty of resources are available online, collecting and checking out material from the public library will allow you to browse multiple resources at once and share with friends and family in a group setting. Passing a book around the room is much simpler than reading out a URL for everyone to enter in their own Internet connected device, isn’t it? Many planning books contain checklists and charts that can be used from the engagement announcement right up to purchasing souvenirs for loved ones while on honeymoon. If copying charts is too time consuming for you, then know that by viewing each of the books available, you can make a more informed decision about the book’s contents and then purchase the best book to suit your needs. Party Planning – Engagement and wedding parties, are not the only parties where you can explore your creativity with food and decoration. Planning a get together surrounding a sports event, special picnic or fire pit party will provide you with numerous recipes and ideas for décor that your guests will marvel over yet still allow you to enjoy the event. Celebrate: A Year of Festivities for Families and Friends by Pippa Middleton, editor of The Party Times, an online party magazine from the UK’s leading online party supply company, luxury brand event organizer, and corporate party planner outlines an entire year of celebrations for every age. Give this book a look when considering themes and dishes for your next party. For party planners who are a little more relaxed, The NFL Gameday Cookbook provides tasty food and delicious drink recipes for the sports loving party goers. The book even has themed recipes for each NFL team!

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Celebrate, A Year of Festivities for Families and Friends – Pippa Middleton

The NFL Gameday Cookbook – Ray Lampe a.k.a. DR. BBQ Outdoor Entertaining – Williams-Sonoma Party Confidential, New Etiquette for Fabulous Entertaining – Lara Shriftman and Elizabeth Harrison The Best Wedding Reception… Ever! Your guide to creating an unforgettably fun celebration Bridal Bargains Wedding Planner: The Dollars & Sense Guide to Planning Your Wedding – Denise Fields and Alan Fields e-Plan Your Wedding: How to Save Time and Money with Today’s Best Online Resources – Crystal and Jason Melendez

The Library also has a large selection of magazines available to help you on your quest to host the perfect party. Search the library catalogue by typing “magazine” as your General Keyword search. Then, limit the results by Adult Magazine and sort results by Title. Staff at the Adult Help Desk are happy to walk you through these steps over the telephone or in person. Come to the Fort McMurray Public Library on MacDonald Island for all your party needs!

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When we decided we were going to get married, we looked around at a few places. The cost for a wedding venue was adding up quicker then I could say, "I do". After many discussions and lots of searching, Tom and I decided we would get married in Vegas at a cute little venue for a very affordable price. Who wouldn’t like a trip to Vegas? Courtney Sweeney Speaks

It’s affordable and would be lots of fun... or so we thought. We planned for this wedding to take place on May 24, 2013. At this

we eloped! When wedding planning got sticky, Courtney & Tom chose a whole new plan!

point, it was December of 2012. I had made arrangements to meet with the planners at the venue, as we were travelling there for Christmas. Everything was going so smoothly – I was so excited for a small wedding with just our family and friends. I couldn’t wait to marry Tom. Then, it was time to shop for the dress. Because I didn't have the normal 12 month planning period, my mom and grandmother (who had been visiting) came with me to our local bridal boutique – Castaspella. It was an awesome experience. We tried on many dresses and our hostess, Jennifer Cluett, was amazing! Then – finally a dress. A dress that had everything I was looking for... and it just so happened that 'the dress' was called Cinderella! (Go figure, the girl who never dreamed of a fairytale wedding would be wearing a

I think the saying goes that, 'every little girl's

Cinderella dress, after all!) I knew it was the one when my mom

dream is to have the big wedding with the dress,

and grandmother started to cry. I just had to say yes to the dress.

the cake, and her one true love standing at the altar.' I can honestly say that wasn’t me.

Everything seemed to fall into place until it was time to tell our families. Tom and I both have family across Canada. It was at this point

I never dreamed of a princess gown, nor did

that things started to unravel. Sadly, my family is a little broken which

I take magazine clippings for a year-on-end,

made planning stressful for me. All I wanted was for everyone to get

planning a big extravagant wedding. It was never

along. A family member on Tom's side was unable to travel and others

something that I thought about... I've always

felt that we should get married in Canada, as well.

been kind of a tom boy, I guess. Then, I met the man of my dreams – my soul mate – my one true

I was upset. How were we to choose who could stay, and who could

love – the man that has made all of my dreams

go? When it comes to family, this is an impossible question to answer.

come true... and who has stood by me through

So, Tom and I decided, "screw it!" We would marry in December dur-

everything. That’s when things changed for me.

ing our Christmas trip! “Just you and me,” he said, "problem solved."

6 months into dating, Tom proposed to me. We

So that’s what happened! In a whirlwind, Tom and I got married on

were in Niagara Falls on New Years Eve. It was

December 26, 2012 and it was the most perfect day a girl could ever

nothing short of spectacular! I was never so

dream of. There was no stress, no hassle... it was simply perfect! Of

happy to be with him and to think that we would

course, our families were technically there – watching live at home on-

spend our lives together, forever. So, after we

line – a neat little service Viva Las Vegas Weddings offered! Tom and I

told all of our family and friends the next step

said "I do", and finished the ceremony with our own vows in under 10

would be to start planning our dream wedding...

minutes. It was perfect for us, and I wouldn’t change it for the world.

except that wasn’t our plan. We decided to wait a little while... 2 years actually.

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Here are the latest nominees who have been nominated by their peers:

| by Melissa Pennell

Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta

Women of Inspiration Series presented by Syncrude Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta and Syncrude are pleased to acknowledge the amazing women who make the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo a great place to live, work and raise families. The Women of Inspiration (WOI) series, presented by Syncrude, honours women who have contributed countless efforts to our communities, and have inspired other women and girls to embody the Girls Inc. mantra of ‘Strong, Smart & Bold’.

D’Andre Wilson D’Andre is originally from Nassau, Bahamas. She moved to Canada in 2006 to pursue a degree in Chemical Engineering from McGill University. After completing her degree, she then went on to receive a Master’s of Applied Science from the Centre of Management of Technology and Entrepreneurship at the University of Toronto. D’Andre’s career has spanned the financial, research, non-profit and energy sectors. In 2011 D’Andre was an Agents of Change winner through the Centre for Social Innovation in Toronto. D’Andre was recognized for her long term involvement in the National Society of Black Engineers, and for her work to teach leadership and STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) to black youths. D’Andre moved to Fort McMurray in September of 2011, and in addition to her impressive academic credentials and strong engineering career, she is also giving back to the community in various ways, including her work with Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta on the ‘Intro to Engineering’ program.

The Women of Inspiration series not only recognizes women who inspire others and help to create positive change, it also shows local girls positive role models who live here in the Wood Buffalo region.

Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta and Syncrude will honour all 12 nominees at the

Women of Inspiration

Celebration

which will take place on

June 1st 2013 For further information, and for tickets to the June 1st event, please visit www.girlsincofnorthernalberta.org or contact the Girls Inc. office at 780-790-9236.

of Northern Alberta

Arianna Johnson Arianna is an active member and volunteer in Wood Buffalo. She is currently the Executive Director of the Wood Buffalo Food Bank, and President of the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Arianna has served on the Wood Buffalo Housing, Victim’s Services, and Canadian Mental Health Boards. She has also played an active role on numerous local committees, such as Stepping Stones, Keyano College, and the Justin Slade Youth Foundation. Arianna is an excellent event coordinator and she has helped to direct and fundraise for a number of local community events, such as the Wine Auction for Big Brothers Big Sisters, the annual Syncrude Food Drive, and Curl for Kids Sake to name just a few. In 2012 Arianna was chosen as one of Fort McMurray’s Top 40 Under 40, and received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal which recognizes individuals across Canada who have made significant contributions and achievements in their community. In addition, Arianna’s work and accomplishments with the Wood Buffalo Food Bank played a large role in the organization’s receipt of the Heart of Wood Buffalo Award for Community Impact.


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Nancy Woodward Nancy passed away in December of 2012. She is survived by her seven children, fourteen grandchildren, and eleven great grandchildren; all of whom are extremely proud that Nancy is being recognized as a Woman of Inspiration. Throughout her life Nancy opened her home to many foster children – at one point welcoming eleven children at one time; all of whom she raised along with her own. Nancy also learned midwifery from her aunt and over time delivered many babies in Anzac. Nancy believed whole heartedly in community, and in the importance of keeping her traditional culture alive. She helped build the first school in Anzac and also taught Cree at Father Turcotte and Anzac schools; making sure that the traditional language wasn’t lost. Nancy offered her traditional knowledge of the land to many of the developers and environmental groups who operate in the RMWB today. Although Nancy had a modest and quiet disposition, she very boldly and honestly did her part to help ensure that both the land and her culture were protected.

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www.castaspella.com 780.750.7700


vipDiscounts: member-only

10% OFF

PRODUCT

*Not to be combined with any other offer Must Present Member Card & ID at Purchase

Chatters Fort McMurray 19 Riedel Street 780-743-2105

25% OFF

DROP IN CLASSES

To All Huskies Team Games.

10% OFF

PURCHASES *Not to be combined with any other offer Must Present Member Card & ID at Purchase

15 - 36 Riedel Street (780) 748-1040

10% OFF CATALOGUE ORDERS *Not to be combined with any other offer Must Present Member Card & ID at Purchase Denise Hildebrand - Independent Consultant www.denisehildebrand.myepicure.com dhildy@shaw.ca (780) 750-9772

official social club event photographer

10% OFF

GEL NAILS

*Not to be combined with any other offer Must state Membership Status at Booking and Present Member Card & ID at Appointment

9908 Penhorwood St. (780) 791-7792

10021 Biggs Ave. (780) 791-1454

PURCHASES

*Not to be combined with any other offer Must Present Member Card & ID at Purchase

*Not to be combined with any other offer Must Present Member Card & ID

9908 Penhorwood St. (780) 791-7792

has the full ever-expanding list of retailers offering exclusive member card holder discounts!

*Not to be combined with any other offer Must Present Member Card & ID at Purchase

10% OFF

FREE ADMISSION

mcmurraygirl.com/socialclub

9914 Morrison Street (780) 748-0793

50% OFF

DROP IN ZUMBA *Not to be combined with any other offer Must Present Member Card & ID at Class

‘like’ Facebook page for class schedule www.Facebook.com/TeamZumbaWithNicole

50% OFF

AN APPETIZER *With purchase of an entree. Not to be combined with any other offer. Must Present Member Card & ID at Purchase.

435 Gregoire Drive (780) 743-2400

10% OFF

APPETIZERS

Thursdays - Sundays from 4 - 8pm. Lounge Only.

10% OFF DINE IN

Exclusively at Boston Pizza Downtown Location. *Not to be combined with any other offer Must Present Member Card & ID at Purchase

10202 Macdonald Avenue (780) 743-5056

5% OFF

MI PLAY PASS

*Not to be combined with any other offer Must Present Member Card & ID at Purchase

*Not to be combined with any other offer Must Present Member Card & ID at Purchase

530 MacKenzie Boulevard (780) 799-7430

1 C.A. Knight Way (780) 791-0070

10% OFF

10% OFF

*Not to be combined with any other offer Must Present Member Card & ID at Purchase

*Not to be combined with any other offer Must State Membership Status at Booking and Present Member Card & ID at Appointment.

8316 Manning Ave. 780-743-8211

4 Haineault Street 780.743.0578

Home Decor & Accessories, Custom Area Rugs and Floor Cleaning Products

10% OFF

PURCHASES

*Excludes Kameleon or Gem Drop Jewelry Not to be combined with any other offer. Must Present Member Card & ID at Purchase

Bay 4 - 122 Millennium Dr. (780) 743-3878

SPA SERVICES

25% OFF SITTING FEES

10% OFF PRINTS & WALL ART

*Excludes Boudoir Photography. Not to be combined with any other offer. Must Present Member Card & ID at Session

www.jmphotographydesign.ca 780-742-9784


Dental Services

Fort McMurray Dental Centre Dr. Viet Tran B.Sc., D.M.D., P.C. 12 - 700 Signal Road, Fort McMurray Tel (780) 791-5538 www.FortMcmurrayDentist.com

Event Planning & Party Rentals

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Sands Carpet One Home Decor, Tile & Flooring, Hunter Douglas, Installation 8316 Manning Avenue Fort McMurray, AB Tel (780) 743-8211 Fax (780) 791-0022

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Events with Vizability 23-9914 Morrison Street, Fort McMurray, AB, T9H 4A4 Tel (780) 750-7393 Fax (780) 791-6750 amy@vizability.ca www.eventswithvizability.ca Party and Wedding Essentials By Chateau Frost Inc. 1-8802 Franklin Ave, Fort McMurray, AB T9H 2J7 Tel (780) 790-1102 Fax (780) 790-1172 shop@chateaufrost.com www.chateaufrost.com

Beauty Salons / Spas / Laser Treatments / Personal Care

at-a-glance directory guide

Castaspella Boutique Tel (780) 750-7700 jennifer@castaspella.com www.castaspella.com

Home

Fort McMurray Orthodontics Dr. Kelly Brooke DDS, MS, PC 212 - 9914 Morrison Street, Fort McMurray Tel (780) 791-9663 Fax (780) 791-3235 www.fortmcmurrayortho.com

Chatters Hair Salon Fort McMurray 203-19 Riedel Street Fort McMurray T9H 5P8 Tel (780) 743-2105 Fax (780) 743-2173 www.chatters.ca

Glow Laser Centre Inc. 107-9914 Morrison Street, Fort McMurray Tel (780) 791-7091 Cell (780) 799-6999 info@glowlasercentre.ca www.glowlasercentre.ca Permanent hair removal, skin rejuvenation, skin tightening, hydradermabrasion. Book your free consultation today! Go on... Get your Glow. Mosaic Spa and Laser Suite 108 19 Riedel Street, Fort McMurray, AB, T9H 5P8 Tel (780) 715-7147 info@mosaicspaandlaser.com www.mosaicspaandlaser.com Sweet Escape Salon and Spa 111-8530 Manning Ave, Fort McMurray, AB T9H 5G2 Tel (780) 750-7147 info@sweetescapesalonandspa.com www.sweetescapesalonandspa.com


Pet Care

The Bone and Biscuit Co. Bay #2, 414 Thickwood Blvd. Tel (780) 715-2225 Fax (780) 715-2251 fmboneandbiscuit@shaw.ca www.theboneandbiscuitcompany.com Pet salon located in The Bone & Biscuit Co. 780-715-2205 New clients welcome. Large dogs & cats accepted.

Suncor Community Leisure Centre at MacDonald Island Park 1 C.A. Knight Way Fort McMurray, AB T9H 5C5 Tel (780) 791-0070 Fax (780) 791-2898 www.macdonaldisland.ca

Amanda DeCoste – RE/MAX Fort McMurray

Girls Inc of Northern Alberta 206 – 10011 Franklin Ave, Fort McMurray Tel (780) 790-9236 girlsinc@telus.net www.girlsincorporatedofnorthernalberta.org

Each office is independently owned and operated.

9919 Biggs Avenue Fort McMurray, AB T9H 1S2 Tel (780) 881-5027 Fax 1-888-544-6169 adecoste@remax.net amandadecoste.com

9919 Biggs Avenue Fort McMurray AB T9H 1S2

Virginia Frank Photography Tel (780) 792-9623 info@vfrankphotos.com www.vfrankphotos.com

Melanie Galea Real Estate Agent

Fantasyland Hotel at West Edmonton Mall 17700-87 Avenue NW Edmonton, AB T5T 4V4 Toll Free 1-800-RESERVE rooms@flhwem.com www.fantasylandhotel.com

780.715.4621 Each Office Independently Owned & Operated

Sawridge Inn and Conference Centre 530 MacKenzie Blvd, Fort McMurray, AB T9H 4C8 Tel (780) 791-7900 Toll Free 1-800-729-7343 Fax (780) 743-4654 reservationsfm@sawridge.com

Here to help you and I care

mail@kylegetty.com 780-370-4100

Real Estate Agents

Hotels

Photography

Community & Programs

Keyano College Syncrude Sport & Wellness Centre 9908 Penhorwood Street Fort McMurray, AB T9H 2H6 Tel (780) 791-7792 www.keyano.ca/sswc

Kyle G E T T Y

Fashion / Retail / Boutiques

it’s your M O V E .

Drop Dead Darlings River Pointe Shops 15-36 Riedel Street, Fort McMurray Tel (780) 748-1040 info@dropdeaddarlings.com dropdeaddarlings.com Locally owned clothing boutique. Unique items arriving weekly. From cute and casual to a night out on the town, come in and find your unique style!

Peter Pond Mall 9713 Hardin Street Fort McMurray, AB T9H 1L2 Tel (780) 791-4044 www.peterpondmall.com

kylegetty.com

Tom O'Hara, Associate: (780) 799-2004 Team O'Hara tom@teamohara.com teamohara.com Angie O'Hara, Associate Broker/ Owner: In The Know, (780) 713-6827 On The Go angie@teamohara.com Royal LePage True North Realty

Heather Gartner, Associate: (780) 531-4748 heather@teamohara.com

West Edmonton Mall 1755-8882 170 Street Edmonton, AB T5T 4J2 Toll Free 1-800-661-8890 tourism@wem.ca wem.ca

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