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Volume 3, Issue 7 | Holiday 2013

editor’s note During the hustle and bustle of the busy holiday season, McMurray Girls all over are facing all of the same questions. Which gifts to buy them? What to wear to the holiday bash? How to decorate? And most of all, how on earth will we check everything off of our list before December 24th?!

Editor, Creative Director Kyla Getty 780-370-4900 Thank You to our Contributors... (In order of appearance) Jessica Musycsyn, Denise Hildebrand, Yvonne Lauren Boutique, Chocolates & Candlelight, The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, Jillian Smith, Rachel Gordon, Jodie Mercier, Fatima Mirza, Carolyn Goolsby, Corie Flett, Holly Fortier. ...and to all who made this issue possible!

…Then of course, there’s the New Years Eve Dilemma! (Don’t even get me started!) With so much going on in Fort McMurray – and even more if you’re planning to travel – the biggest question we’re all facing is “How to survive the holidays?” As with most situations, the common answer is when in doubt to ask a girlfriend! And that’s just what we’ve done!

Photography: Virginia Frank Photography J.M. Photography & Design

With a little help from REAL, savvy McMurray Girls, in this issue you’ll find pages full of holiday inspiration with a little help and friendly advice for entertaining, setting a festive tablescape… and even a fashion lookbook from Yvonne Lauren boutique with gorgeous go-to looks for every event on your holiday calendar! Shopping woes? We’ve got gifts galore with buyers guides from local retailers with all of the hottest gifts of 2013… for every lucky person on YOUR list!

On the Cover: Jessica Musycsyn, Events Manager, Northern Lights Health Foundation

Amidst all of the ‘questions’ you’ll face this holiday season, take note of this one important ‘answer’. After all of the shopping, wrapping, baking and decorating is done – the most important answer to filling your season with the true spirit of the holidays comes in finding a way to help someone in need. I want to congratulate all of the women who took part in the SPOTLIGHT event earlier this Fall. Through the fundraising efforts at our women’s event, we collectively raised over twelve thousand dollars for The Friends of the Fort McMurray Fire Fighter’s Charitable Fund – which will benefit 6 local charities this year.

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Happy Holidays, McMurray Girl! However you choose to celebrate, I wish you joy, fun and togetherness – the best gifts a girl can ask for!

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Tell us a bit about the Northern Lights Health Foundation. The Northern Lights Health Foundation is a non-profit fundraising organization which raises money to meet healthcare needs in our region, as identified by Alberta Health Services including: programs, services and new medical equipment for our hospital. The Foundation holds major fundraising events such as Radiothon, Spring Fling and Festival of Trees.

What is the Festival of Trees?


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This year will mark the 24th Festival of Trees! It’s our community’s kick-off to the holiday season. The event started out on a much smaller scale, raising just over $10,000 in its inaugural year at MacDonald Island Park. It has grown into a fourday event featuring Santa’s Workshop, Family Fun Night and Skating Party, Ladies Holiday Luncheon, Breakfast with Santa, and new to Festival this year; The Ugly Christmas Sweater Partyat which Signal Hill will perform!

What is your fundraising goal for this year’s Festival of Trees? It’s always nice to raise more funds than were raised in the previous year. Last year, the Festival of Trees raised $375,000.

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What is the most money that a tree ever sold for? Bearj and Karen from Canadian Jewellers donated a beautiful Swarovski Crystal Christmas Tree in 2006. That tree auctioned for $25,000! The winning bidder then donated the tree back to be re-auctioned, auctioning a second time for $25,000! I can safely say $50,000 for one Christmas Tree is the Festival of Trees record to break!

Tell us about some of the tree themes that have been entered this year. I don’t want to give too much away, but I will say companies, organizations and teams putting trees in this year appear to be stepping it up a notch! Tree theme sneak peek: Race Away from Winter, 50 Shades of Grey, and Ice, Ice Baby!

How can someone get involved? There are numerous ways to become involved with the Festival of Trees: Sponsor: Sponsorship opportunities are still available! The Sponsorship Package can be found online at Donate: In-kind donation items are needed for silent auction and raffle prizes. This is a great opportunity to promote your business as over 12,000 guests are expected to visit the Festival of Trees! See the Sponsorship Package for in-kind levels of recognition at Volunteer: We are in need of 300+ volunteers from November 13th -18th. Various shifts and roles are available. For more information, or if you’re interested in volunteering, please email the Volunteer Coordinator: Attend Festival of Trees: Aside from spending time and having fun with your loved ones, your dollars spent at the Festival of Trees, whether on event tickets, silent auction, or raffle ticket purchases, support the Health Foundation’s efforts to make improvements to local healthcare.

MY STORY I grew up in a very close-knit family in Cape Breton and took my undergraduate degree in St. John’s at Memorial University before going on to complete a Public Relations graduate program at Seneca College in Toronto. After moving back to Nova Scotia and spending a couple of years in Halifax, I took on a contract with the City of Toronto through a marketing agency. I had planned to move back to Toronto permanently, but after three months living on the corner of Bloor and Spadina downtown, I quickly realized Toronto was not where I wanted to plant my roots. It was at that time, after being convinced by a friend over the phone, that I found myself in Fort McMurray. After a month living in Fort McMurray I met the lovely Linda Macdonald, co-owner of the Fort McMurray Boston Pizzas. She informed me she was looking for a PR professional. I worked with Boston Pizza as the Community Relations Coordinator for just over two years before accepting my current role with the Northern Lights Health Foundation. My role with Boston Pizza gave me the opportunity to work with non-profit organizations frequently as many fundraisers and patio parties hosted at Boston Pizza are held in support of local charities. As a result of introductions made through my role with Boston Pizza, I became an active volunteer as a member of the Run for the Cure Committee, 2015 Western Canada Summer Games Media Committee and Director on the Big Brothers Big Sisters Board of Directors. Through my various volunteer roles and professional positions, including a part-time Recreational Programmer with the RMWB, I’ve acquired a large network of amazing contacts from every industry here in Fort McMurray. The cherry on top was meeting the love of my life last year, here in Fort McMurray. My mother pointed out the irony that I moved all the way to Fort McMurray, only to fall in love with a guy from Nova Scotia! I’m definitely feeling the “Happily Ever After Effect” of my choices leading up to where I am now in my home-life and career.

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One scoop of Ziggy’s Bruschetta mix onto a fresh, cut-up baguette, and sprinkle cheese (mozzarella or parmesan) on top.

1oz vodka .5 oz green apple sour puss .5 butter ripple schnapps 2oz cranberry juice

Put it in the oven for 10-15 minutes and it’s ready!

Stick in a cinnamon stick or apple slice for garnish!

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A smile - try to maintain when a drink gets spilled!

Ambiance - fireplace or candles always help to create a cozy, comfortable setting.

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my gift giving tips: Something personalized is always a winner. Last year I purchased personalized M&M’s online and they were a huge hit! A trip or tickets to see a concert is a great gift as it’s something to look forward to when the holidays are over. When in doubt, ask around, maybe someone you know already bought the perfect gift for who you’re shopping for and you can pitch in on it!

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Black pantyhose are classy and flattering remember to always pack a back-up pair!

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Dark red nail polish is festive, sexy and can make any woman feel like a vixen. Purse or clutch appropriate to your outfit - nothing looks worse than when women get dressed up for a night out and then carry their big, old, everyday purse around all night! Photos © Virginia Frank Photography

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DON'T wear your shoes inside of the house DO help the host clean up after dinner DON'T spill your drink DO ask ahead of time if you’d like to bring a friend


holiday table setting tips Tis the season for entertaining, and McMurray Girls throughout the region are planning their festive feasts! Epicure Selections Independent Consultant and home entertaining aficionado – Denise Hildebrand shares her personal secrets for stylish tablescapes. Whether your personal decorating style is cozy and rustic, glamorous and sparkly – or you prefer to stick to traditional red and green… these tabletop tips and tricks will set the scene for an unforgettable soirée. Denise: Having a few key pieces makes changing your place setting a bit easier on your budget. I recommend a good set of white plates and charger plates – gold is always in style for Christmas. Glasses – I love glasses! You can never have too many glasses on hand. You’ll also want a good set of cutlery, and cloth napkins. Start with these items and build from there.

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Look around the house – you’d be surprised what you can find to make a festive centrepiece for Christmas, or any time of year.

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Serve a decadent dinner that’s a step beyond tradition. I love this glamorous theme for an intimate setting – very classic romantic.

The Glamorous Setting

Add new sparkle to some old favourites. The ornament on the plate and the Large Ornament standing were purchased at The Final Touch. The napkin ring and individual cake stand with dome are from Pottery Barn. The silver cake stand is from Homesense, and the napkin and placemat are from the bay. Everything else you see has been collected over the years. holiday 2013 |




The Traditional Setting

What’s tradition without a family memento? The table runner and place mats were hand made by my Mother – she loves to quilt. Lucky for me, I have been given some beautiful quilted items for Christmas from quilts to wall hangings… the runner and placemats are out on my dining room table from the middle of November until the end of December.

easy gingerbread bars My family’s favorite Christmas Cookie is Easy Gingerbread bars. They are delicious, moist chewy bars which can be cut into cookie shapes. This family favourite is a staple on every holiday table. For best results, I always use Epicure Selection’s pure cinnamon, pure ginger and decorating sugar. 1 ¼ cups Sugar 1 ¼ cups Softened Butter 1 Egg 3 tbsp Molasses 3 cups Flour 1 tsp Baking Soda 2 tsp Pure Cinnamon* 2 tsp Pure Ginger* Pieces finely chopped Crystallized Ginger 1 tbsp Decorating Sugar* Heat oven to 350 F. Combine first four ingredients in large mixer bowl. Beat at medium speed until creamy. Add next four ingredients, beat on low speed. Mix in Crystallized Ginger. Line a large baking sheet with silicone baking mat. Press in mixture until evenly distributed and flattened. Sprinkle with decorating sugar. Bake for 16 – 20 minutes, or until lightly browned on edges. Cool completely. Cut into bars or use cookie cutters and cut into shapes. Makes about 48 bars or cookie shapes.

Start a collection. The nutcrackers were purchased years ago. Our youngest son Mason loved Nutcrackers, and so began the collection! Each year, each of our three children receives an ornament for the tree – with the idea that when they move out on their own, they will have enough ornaments to at least decorate their first Christmas Tree.

The ornaments scattered between the nutcrackers can be any size – and whatever colours you’d like to be the focus of your table. I chose gold, silver, green & red – traditional Christmas colours.

They make the perfect gift to take for a cookie exchange, to give in a tin to your child’s teacher, or to simply sit down and enjoy, yourself! *I always use Epicure’s. holiday 2013 |


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The Woodland Setting

Bring the outdoors in. Start with a simple vase filled with your favourite greenery. I always add a few birch branches. The Santa or Father Christmas is from The Bay. I have collected Father Christmas’ for years… I now have so many I that don’t have enough space to put them all out! The wooden ball was picked up last year at Dunvegan Gardens, the other ornaments were found in my ornament box. The red tree candle was from Superstore.

Collect as you go. Every year I purchase a few things to add to our holiday décor collection. Whether it fits in with the romantic glamorous, traditional or woodland themes – there always has to be something new! holiday 2013 |


Photos © Virginia Frank Photography

It’s the busiest time of the year, and McMurray Girls have a lot on their minds – and their social calendars! Take the guess-work out of what to wear. Yvonne Lauren Boutique in Timberlea has the perfect pieces to take you right through the holidays – from comfy and casual, to chic. With high-end brands such as Michael Kors, Vince Camuto, Joseph Ribkoff, Anne Klein and more… they have plenty of gasp-worthy gift ideas, too!

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ABOVE: CHRISTMAS MORNING, Local photographer Carrie Williams poses with her twins in a plush PJ line that’s oh-so-cozy for Christmas Morning. Girls Robes $65, P.J. Savage. Fuzzy shorts, Matching Ladies Robe $85, Matching Pink and White Slippers $55, Peace Sign Shirt $65, Tank $45, P.J. Savage

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Michael Kors Blac k Leather Accent Slim Pant s, $165 Michael Kors Red Pleated Sleeveless Top, $1 25 Michael Kors Stud ded Flats, $168

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Michael Kors Do wn Coat, $695 Michael Kors Stud ded Flats, $168

Spanner Leggings , $39 Sweater, Tana + Bee, $260 Michael Kors Stud ded Flats, $168

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Our shopping guide is your ‘holiday helper’. Let us help you find that perfect gift, at any price point! Our personal shoppers have chosen our top gift picks for the 2013 holiday season. Browse our gift suggestions at $25 and under, $50 and under, and $100 and up – so that this year, when you make YOUR list… you won’t need to check it twice.






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P R O D U C T S : Cherry Sours Candies and Sweet Canada Ontario Apple Spice Pop Sensation, Chill Baby Soother, Notepad, and Block Bank – available at Coles. Assorted fashion jewelry – available at Ardene. Living Quarters, Your Style Silky Plus Throw – Available at Quilts Etc. Strawberry Body Butter, Lipstick, Eyeshadow Quad and All-In-One BB Cream – Available at The Body Shop.




P R O D U C T S : Mens bowtie and ties – Available at Le Chateau. Women’s Emeral Wristlet Clutch – Available at Le Chateau. Glowing Water Speakers – Available at The Source. Complete Fondue Set – Available at Stokes.


P R O D U C T S : Team Canada Jersey – Available at Jersey City. Samsung Galaxy S4 – Available at Bell. Mens Watch and Women’s Collectible Beaded Bracelet – Available at Michael Hill. Womens Designer Bvlgari Sunglasses – Available at Solar Sunglasses. Women’s Fashion Boot with Chain Accent – Available at Aldo. MiraCurl Hairstyling Tool – Available at Cloud 9 Salon.

Festive Family Feast with all the trimmings Whether you’re planning a feast with all the trimmings, or a tree-trimming event complete with carols and snacks, accessorize your menu with a few gourmet must-haves from Chocolates & Candlelight.

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TIP: On a snowy night, what better way to spend time than snuggled up by the fire with a mug of delicious hot cocoa and a few sweet treats? Set up a gourmet hot chocolate bar – complete with flavored syrups, biscotti and chocolaty garnish. Kids and adults will love this new tradition!

Products featured: Crackling Wood Wick, Granville Island Candle Company Pure Soy Candle. Double Fudge and Wild Raspberry Hot Chocolate Mix from Foxy’s Gourmet. Classic Caramel and Vanilla Syrups from Torani. Chocolate Raspberry and Grasshopper Mint Biscotti from Be-Bop Biscotti. Pumpkin Fudge by Nudge… Nudge – Here’s the FUDGE. Peppermint Truffle, Caffé Cioccolato, and White Chocolate Gourmet Hot Cocoa Mix from Bellagio. Sprucewood Handmade Cookie Co Shortbread – shown in Spicy Thai flavor. Plus gift ideas, décor… and more! See store for products and details.

TIP: Check in at Chocolates & Candlelight the next time you want to put together an effortlessly delicious appetizer to bring to a friend’s gathering. Looking for a last-minute hostess gift? Look no further… from the perfect ornament, jewelry piece… or ready-made gift basket for every budget, Chocolates & Candlelight has you covered whether you’re the ‘hostess-with-the-mostess’ or a gracious guest!


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Girls Night of Merry Making Tis the season to get the girls together to share stories of holiday shopping fiascos, recipes, and of course – a bottle (or two) of wine! Take time out of the busy rush to celebrate another great year with the girls. Treat them to a special evening, complete with friendship gift and chocolate!




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Products featured: Dip Trios from Girl’s Night Out. Foot Dazzle hand made foot jewelry. Roasted Red Pepper dip from Foxy’s Gourmet. Pinot Noir and Hot Garlic Pepper Wine Jelly from Caramoomel. Twisted Sisters Gourmet Pretzel Treats. BRIX Collection – Chocolate for Wine. Cranberry Cosmopolitan Freezable Cocktail Mix. Plus gift ideas, décor… and more! See store for products and details.

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The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo recognizes the tireless efforts of the ambitious women in this community who create opportunities and inspire positive change. Whether sitting on a committee, volunteering for a social profit or voting in the general election on October 21, your dedication and spirit continue to make Wood Buffalo a great place to live, work and play.

Well done. Congrats! Awesome. Great job. We’re so proud of you. Wow! Way to go. Fantastic! You did it! Super. Hats off to you. Amazing! Shine on. Take a bow. Hurrah! Hip, hip hooray! Let’s celebrate. Yeah! Reach for the stars. Superb You rock! I knew you could do it. Woohoo! Right on. What an accomplishment. The future’s yours. OMG. No way! Bravo! You’ve made a community proud. Congratulations nominees and recipients of the 2013 McMurray Girl Awards. You make our community better by enlightening, inspiring and empowering all those you touch. You are the future of our region, and we proudly support you as you work to achieve your dreams.

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Flash those lashes and add an element of unmistakable glamour to your holiday party look this season! Editor Kyla Getty scopes out local false lash brands and shares her tested eyelash batting tips ‘n tricks!

M·A·C lashes M·A·C Lashes are handmade in a variety of perfectly shaped designs. These particular lashes are extremely dramatic, though the brand offers a variety of shapes and densities. One of the more expensive brands (at just about $20), you’ll want to care for these lashes in order to get more than just one wear out of them. Make sure to carefully remove any lash glue from the band after use with your fingertips. The quality packaging allows you to store your lashes safely.

QUO lashes Available at Shoppers Drug Mart, the QUO brand lashes come in a number of varieties. Don’t be shy to clip your lashes - customizing the size is crucial! You’ll want to make sure that your lashes are no wider than your natural lash line. Batting lashes that sweep the inner corners of your eyes will cause irritation and tearing which can ruin your entire makeup application! Lashes are always designed to taper in toward the nose. Always trim from the outer corner of the lash (where lashes are longest). New lash users can also try my method of trimming lashes into three, easy-to-apply mini strips.

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Lashes available locally: Beautiful By Design

Shown in #505 (human hair) and D/612. I found the 505’s to be a great option for new lash users... easy to apply and wear! The thinner lash band makes application a breeze, allowing the lashes to curve nicely along your eye’s natural shape... (just don’t forget eyeliner!) For advanced lash wearers, the D/612 lashes feature gemstone details - which create a fun sparkle for your holiday look.

Ardell Lashes & Remover Available at Chatters, the Ardell line offers a number of lash products. I tried the individual lashes and LashFree remover. Individual lashes allow you to hand-place false lash clusters. For this, you’ll need a good pair of tweezers, a steady hand and a bit of extra time. The final look is natural and very customizable. The LashFree remover for individual lashes helps loosen the glue. No matter what, a nice warm cloth over your lashes works wonders for hassle-free removal.

message from the RMWB holiday greetings! The remaining weeks of 2013 are winding down, but there are still many events and activities to close the year out. On November 11, the community gathers solemnly for Remembrance Day to honour the brave men and women who served their country. At the end of November we will bundle up and come together once again for the annual Santa Claus Parade. The parade kicks off plenty of holiday events and activities – so keep your eye out for the upcoming fun! In all that you do, make safety a priority for you and your family this holiday season. That means everything from driving to the conditions of the road, to practicing fire safety in your home, to identifying a designated driver if you’re at a holiday party. Let’s keep this season joyful and bright for everyone. One way we can keep this season joyful and bright is helping out those who are less fortunate. Wood Buffalo is a generous community, so consider volunteering your time with a local service group or collect donations for one of our many charitable organizations.

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo extends warmest season’s greetings to our residents and best wishes for the new year. We look forward to working for you in 2014!

Sincerely, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo


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One of the many highlights of the Fort McMurray holiday season, the Christmas Show and Market brought to you by Fort McMurray Tourism will be in town from November 29 to December 1.

The Nominate your Neighbour program recognizes residents, businesses and organizations for their outstanding efforts in front yard beautification. This winter recognize a home or business in your neighbourhood for their outstanding front yard winter lighting displays and decorations.

With opportunities for space bookings at the show or to simply browse the variety of booths offering an assortment of products and promotions, this three day event is perfect for the whole family- and a great opportunity to get those last few gifts for Christmas. For more information visit

For more information on this and to celebrate community beautification in Wood Buffalo, visit

santa claus parade With the most wonderful time of the year just around the corner, Jolly Old Saint Nicholas is making his annual stop at the Legacy Dodge Santa Claus Parade. This Wood Buffalo tradition rings in the holiday season and lights up the night. At 6:30 p.m. on November 23, 2013 Franklin Avenue will be filled with holiday joy, exciting parade floats and hot chocolate galore. The theme for this year’s celebration is “Lights of Christmas”, to keep the magic of Christmas alive, Events Wood Buffalo would like the help of residents to light up the downtown core. Whether you choose to simply sit back and enjoy the parade or get amongst it with putting a float in- support your community and celebrate the holidays with Fort McMurray. For more information visit Photos provided by the RMWB

2014 is just around the corner and that means another busy year ahead. On the heels of October’s general election, it also means a new Council. Municipal staff look forward to fulfilling Council’s mandate and we remain committed to creating a balanced future with opportunity for all. As Council begins its four year term, we are excited to see Wood Buffalo emerge as a global model for sustainable living in the north.

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Fort McMurray’s winter and holiday season are approaching, bringing bitter cold temperatures. As residents increase their use of electricity, heaters, furnaces and fireplaces the Regional Emergency Services (RES), Residents looking for more information Fire Prevention Branch on fire prevention can visit our website wants to remind us of some simple ways to stay fire safe. Organizations or groups interPublic Education Officer, ested in booking a presentaJillian Smith’s role is to educate tion or additional education the community on the dangers of can also contact the Fire Prevention Branch fire and what we can do to prevent at 780.792.5505. fires in our home and community. Jillian’s goal is to give individuals of all ages the tools they need to be fire smart.


fire prevention | by Jillian Smith, Public Education Officer, Regional Emergency Services (RES)

With the arrival of winter, it’s very important heat sources such as space heaters, furnaces and fireplaces are properly inspected before use. Before turning a heat source on, have it inspected for damages that may have arose over the summer and be sure to clean out any buildup that may have accumulated over the previous winter. Ensure that all heaters have a “safe zone” of at least one meter. Do not place near bedding, curtains, clothing or furniture. Heaters must be placed on a level, non-combustible surface, and be equipped with an automatic cut-off device to shut off power should the heater get knocked over. Holiday Cooking and Entertaining While it’s a great way to get family and friends together, it is also currently the leading cause of home fires. Residents should always stay in the kitchen while cooking and avoid distractions, as leaving a pan on the stove unattended can quickly lead to a kitchen fire. Residents are reminded to never use water to extinguish a fire on the stove and to always cook with a lid and oven mitt close by, to safely place on the pan if a fire ignites. Electrical safety Most residents rely on extension cords to plug in their vehicles, Christmas lights or extra sources of heat. Keep in mind that last year’s extension cords may have accumulated damage making then unsafe to use. Always inspect your extension cords, Christmas lights and electrical outlets for fraying or damage before powering them up for the winter! Jillian’s prevention tips: One thing that I cannot stress enough is to check your smoke alarms! If you do not have a functional smoke alarm in your home, your chance of safely escaping a fire decreases by the second. Ensure that your smoke alarm has not expired. Test monthly and change the batteries at least once a year.

It is important to teach children at a very young age how to safety escape a fire, including two ways out of every room and how to recognize the sound of a smoke alarm. The biggest question a family should ask is “if there was a fire, could my children safely escape without my assistance?” Children instinctively want to hide at the sight of fire, but practicing a home escape plan and reiterating the important of meeting at the muster point when the smoke alarm sounds, increases the chances of a safe escape. When the cold weather hits and furnaces and fireplaces begin to be used, the chance of carbon monoxide in your home is also increased. Carbon monoxide is a colourless, odorless gas that can be very poisonous if left unnoticed. Give your family and/or roommate peace of mind by installing carbon monoxide alarms in your home, and test regularly to ensure it is working effectively.

KENNETH BERNARD Sold in Chatters locations across Canada, these are three basics for every McMurray Girl’s hair tool-kit!

This year, give the gift of great hair! Pampering products and the latest luxury styling tools are gifts that keep on giving! Chatters has an amazing selection of the latest technology in hot tools… and her favourite product brands packaged in holiday sets that help you save!

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Stock up on hair and body sets – the perfect go-to gift for the girl on your list. We’re featuring our favourite brands with high quality formulas for great results… (and they smell great, too!) BED HEAD BY TIGI Set includes Superstar Queen for a Day Thickening Spray and Totally Baked Volumizing & Prepping Hair Meringue.

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ARGAN OIL BY BODY DRENCH Set includes Body Dry Oil, Body Lotion, and Mango Lip Drench.

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CHI KERATIN SET Set includes Reconstructing Shampoo, Reconstructing Conditioner, Silk Infusion and Leave-In Conditioner.

miGIRLS | Introducing the McMurray Girls of Mac Island



MCMURRAY GIRL SINCE: 2008 BEING A LEADER AT MACDONALD ISLAND PARK: In my role the most important part is listening to the community and identifying our needs with respect to recreation and leisure and then assisting in the process of articulating those needs into vision with our partners.

Jodie Rachel

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AFTER HOURS AT MACDONALD ISLAND PARK: In the winter I enjoy spending time on the leisure ice or curling surface, while in the summer I enjoy spending time on the Miskanaw Golf Course. FAVOURITE THING ABOUT LIFE IN FORT MCMURRAY: Is that even though we are transitioning into a large urban centre, we are still able to maintain that small town, close knit, community feeling.


Being a leader... is about creating a culture where everyone has a significant role to play.

MCMURRAY GIRL: of 5 years BEING A LEADER AT MACDONALD ISLAND PARK: It’s about clearing a pathway to allow my staff to make a difference each day. BEST PART OF THE JOB: Our job is everyone else’s fun! We represent community and quality of life. AFTER HOURS AT MACDONALD ISLAND PARK: Our 5 year old keeps us going all the time. Swim lessons, dance class, skating, or family brunch at the Fox Den! ON THE JOB MUSTHAVE? Running shoes of course - in the Sport and Recreation department, you are always on the go! LOOKING FORWARD TO: THE CRAZE - our annual New Year’s Eve celebration for families, and it’s free! This is one of our best events of the year as it is an opportunity to give back to the community and I think it truly speaks to the quality of life that we look to provide to the citizens of Wood Buffalo.

Jodie Mercier


MCMURRAY GIRL SINCE: 2009 BEING A LEADER AT MACDONALD ISLAND PARK: My role provides me the opportunity to find great talent that helps us create the MiTeam experience and hopefully be a source of inspiration and encouragement to future leaders. AFTER HOURS ACTIVITIES: We bring the kids to the pool, climbing wall, badminton, library and of course our favourite – enjoying the chocolate lava cake at Fox Den Lounge. WORK/LIFE BALANCE: Respect it! There is no perfect work life balance, each has its importance and being able to prioritize helps find that balance. ON THE JOB MUSTHAVE: A great team and a bowl of candy.

mi Island WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP AT MACDONALD ISLAND PARK The strength of a team begins with its leaders and filters down throughout the entire organization. McMurray Girl talks with Rachel Gordon, Jodie Mercier, and Fatima Mirza – three women proud to play leadership roles at the facility. “Being a leader at MacDonald Island Park is about creating a culture where everyone has a significant role to play. It means leading with transparency, innovation, and accountability”, says Jodie, Sport & Recreation G.M. for the facility, “our COO has built a culture that absolutely everyone makes a difference. We are truly one big team.” The women share a passion for the community and the people of our unique region. For Fatima Mirza, Director of Human Resources, finding new team members to share in this is exciting. “Success in any organization is driven by its human capital. Having the opportunity to contribute that value to our organization is rewarding; especially when we see team members growing within our company. It’s an incredible opportunity to work alongside some of the finest, most passionate people you have ever worked with.” For Rachel Gordon, the most rewarding aspect of her role is in the experience of a ground breaking ceremony and then watching the components of a facility as they come to fruition. At every level of the organization, the excitement and anticipation of MacDonald Island’s future is contagious. The exciting next phase of growth includes transitioning into becoming the ‘Regional Recreation Corporation’ and the opening of Shell Place. If joining the Mi Team is something you might be interested in, Jodie says to be prepared to ‘work hard and be great!’ “Our team comes to the island to contribute each day, make a difference, and set expectations high. With that said, we are all in it together! Take ownership over your role but know we are all working towards the same goals and vision.”


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healthy holiday

During the holiday season, health and wellness often take a back seat to other festive priorities such as time with family and friends at parties and celebrations – which are usually accompanied by delicious holiday treats and a few extra drinks. With all of these enticements, women ask “how on earth can one enjoy herself without gaining any holiday weight?!”


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Occasionally succumbing to food cravings and indulging ourselves is generally alright. Unfortunately, many tend to overeat during the holidays, and this is what those pesky extra pounds and inches can be attributed to. Overeating is not the only culprit to blame for holiday weight gain. Physical inactivity tends to be higher during the holidays, as well. Although rest and relaxation are important for anyone – too much of this ‘good thing’ leads to an overall decline in energy, which will leave you feeling slow and sluggish.

Here are 10 tips to keep you happy and healthy this holiday season: Eat in Moderation During this time, moderation will be key to help maintaining your weight. You do not need to completely avoid holiday foods… just make sure you have one regular plate full of food rather than a mountain covered in gravy!

Limit the Treats Enjoy a few treats, however set a limit. If you set a number beforehand instead of mindlessly snacking, you can avoid excess calories without feeling deprived.

Drink Plenty of Water & Limit Holiday Beverages Many people don’t drink enough water during the day and tend to mistake thirst for hunger. Ensuring you get plenty of water well help subside food cravings.

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tips for a happy

Plan Fun Activities Most people are less active during the holidays. Family time is time well spent, so try planning a fun activity such as a game of football, some Wii Fit, tubing, ice skating or snow shoeing. When going outside, make sure everyone has appropriate clothing and have a healthy snack afterwards.

Don’t Forget the Gym The holidays can be a hectic time. Keeping up with a gym routine is definitely work, but is always worth the effort. Whether your goal is to lose weight or burn off some stress, make the effort to keep up with your exercise. The only workout you will regret is the one you didn’t do!

Plan Ahead – Never Go to a Party Hungry Before attending a holiday party, have a healthy meal or snack. Make sure you are getting some good protein and fiber to help keep you fuller, longer. That way when you arrive at the party, you won’t be tempted to fill up on goodies.

Keep Yourself Accountable – Say No, Politely Hosts and hostesses have nothing but good intentions when it comes to their party spread. However it is up to you to choose healthier alternatives and control your portions. Don’t feel forced to eat food because people keep offering it to you. If you politely say no thank you, people will understand when your full. Their intention is to keep to happy, not force you to stuff your face.

There’s An App For That Check out one of the free apps available to help you monitor your diet and exercise such as My Fitness Pal. Track calories consumed and burned – monitor the overall quality of the foods you’re eating.

Keep the Scale Handy Don’t avoid the scale, it can be a great reminder or motivational tool. Normally weighing yourself more than once a week is unnecessary, but if it keeps you from putting on holiday weight, keep using it.

Have Fun! Enjoy your holidays, and don’t stress too much! Excess stress leads to increased level of cortisol, which can increase cravings for unhealthy foods. If you’re getting stressed, burn off that negative energy with a jog, a message or a relaxing yoga class. The holidays are a time for celebrating with friends and family. By sticking with healthy choices and introducing some of these tips into your holiday habits, you can maintain a healthy lifestyle, and choose a different New Year’s resolution, this year!


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‘Tis the Season! Family and friends are all around, and there’s so much to do – parties to attend, gifts to buy, travel to arrange… the winter months can be busy, busy, BUSY! But it’s also the most wonderful time of the year, and it doesn’t have to be hectic at home. From decorating to cooking to just plain fun, your Library has lots of reads to make Holiday time extra special! Here are some of our favorites:

The Southern Living Big Book of Christmas – Southern Living This is one of my favorite books on Christmas entertaining, of all kinds. The photos are absolute eye-candy, the recipes never fail (and are easy to do for large crowds), the decorating ideas are wonderful, and it’s all easily explained and not at all hard to pull off. If you love to entertain, or even if you simply must entertain, this is a treasure trove of great ideas for the Holiday season.

Best of Christmas Ideas – Better Homes and Gardens Adding a personal touch to Christmas is always welcome, and handmade gifts aren’t only for kids. Giving from the heart is what it’s all about – and look to BHG for ideas, tips, and techniques to make that giving really shine with your love and personality? This new book from Better Homes and Gardens is absolutely full of great ideas to make the Season bright!

Fort McMurray Public Library on MacDonald Island “The greatest gift is a passion for reading.” -Elizabeth Hardwick, Author

Winter programs for all ages, newborn-senior! Library closures during the holiday season: December 24 December 25 December 26 January 1

Martha Stewart’s Christmas – by Martha Stewart, with Christopher Baker You may have heard that Martha Stewart will be at the Fort McMurray Public Library in December. This is one of the classics of Christmas decorating and entertaining. Martha Stewart is the expert, and this is one of the books that started the “you-can-do-it!” trend of holiday decorating and entertaining. The information here is all about timeless classics and the know-how to do it yourself. Don’t be afraid to celebrate like a pro! (Have we mentioned that Martha Stewart will be at the Fort McMurray Public Library in December?)

The Stupidest Angel: a Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror – Christopher Moore Sometimes – even though we’ve planned, even though we’ve gotten great ideas, even though everything has been heartwarming and jolly and gay… Sometimes, there comes a point during the holiday season when we look at our families and say, “I love you all dearly, but I’m sick to death of you. Please get away from me.” It’s at those times that you need this book. The Stupidest Angel is the third book in the Pine Cove series – it’s a light read, and above all, it’s FUNNY. If you have an appreciation of the absurd and you just need to laugh or else you’ll scream, then this is the book for you!

Check out our online events calendar for more information about early closures in December and our holiday programming. Library Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-9pm Saturday 9am-5pm Sunday Noon-5pm Online resources, including library catalogue, available 24/7.

Contact us: 780-743-7800

Suzanne E. Manning

Chandra L. Flett

Paul J. Holubitsky

Caitlin A. Hanly

Michael R. Moore

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Corie L. Flett

What every smart mcmurray girl should know about the law

Travelling with


Family lawyer, Corie Flett advises us of a few things to consider before you ‘dash away’ for your holiday vacation with the kids. The seasons are changing, the temperature is dropping and we may be preparing for those holiday escapes to warmer destinations or fun-filled holiday festivities across the seas at grandma and grandpa’s.

reallifelaw. apply to the Court. In our jurisdiction, this Course is currently only offered every second month and therefore, it would do no one justice to wait 10 days before your scheduled trip to speak with a lawyer if you’re having difficulty finding or obtaining the other parent’s consent. Remember, this is only required for international travel and not out of town, city, or province travel as some may believe unless, once again, specifically restricted by a court order or agreement signed with the other parent. Happy Travels!

For many, the trek across the Canadian border may involve travel with children – without the other parent. Even the most diligent of travelers may think they’re prepared, having remembered the passports, birth certificates or health care cards for their children. What few of us realize however, is that without proper documentation you may find yourself being denied to travel with your own children. What documentation, you might ask? A simple letter signed by the non-accompanying parent acknowledging and authorizing travel of the children without their presence. There is no legal requirement for this letter, but you will find that customs officials are taking a hard-lined approach on having them to allow one parent to travel with the children, or no parent at all in the instance of travel clubs, grandparents, family friends, aunts, uncles, etc. Further, although there is no legal requirement to have the document commissioned in any special format, it is recommended to have the document notarized by either a notary or lawyer to signify the taking of a legal oath.

Now what happens if you cannot obtain What few of us realize however, is the other parent’s that without proper documentation consent? To avoid any complication, you may find yourself being denied you should speak to travel with your own children. with a lawyer as to how you would go about applying to the Court for an Order dispensing with the other parent’s consent. To ensure there are no disruptions to your travel, do this as soon as possible, because you may further be required to take a special parenting course referred to as ‘Parenting After Separation’ before you may be able to

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If both parents are present, obviously the document isn’t required. However, if one parent isn’t present – even if you’re happily married, together, divorced, separated or have an “it’s complicated” status on Facebook, you will want to have this letter. Keep in mind, even if you have sole custody or sole guardianship, you will still need this letter signed by the other parent unless you specifically have a court order or agreement stating their consent is not required.

Corie Flett

is the newest addition to the firm of

Flett Manning Moore. She’s a McMurray Girl, having lived in this region since 1995. She has a beautiful 14 month-old baby girl and a loving spouse. Corie is a First Nations woman who’s part of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation. Her practice is based mainly in the field of Family Law, though she says she’s not afraid of a challenge and will do her best to help with any legal issue you may have or point you in the right direction.

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Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta’s Second

Women of Inspiration Series presented by Syncrude Since the beginning of time women have been making huge

contributions within their families, their workplaces, their communities and the world. Locally, there has been a real need to recognize Wood Buffalo’s hard working, critical thinking, intelligent and inspirational women. Women who challenge gender roles in the workplace and at home, women who break boundaries for the greater good in their communities, and women who do what it takes to help the causes they’re passionate about. These are the type of women that are recognized and celebrated through the Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta Women of Inspiration Series, presented by Syncrude.

The overall goal of Women of Inspiration is to recognize women throughout the Wood Buffalo region who inspire others, break new ground or old barriers, and help create positive change. The series also aims to show local girls positive role models who live right here in our communities.

of Northern Alberta

For a complete list of the Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta Women of Inspiration nominees presented by Syncrude, or to nominate a woman who has been an inspiration to you, please visit

Here is the latest trio of nominees who

Monica Mankowski Since moving to Fort McMurray in the early 80’s with her husband, Monica has been a tireless supporter of the children of the Wood Buffalo Region. She began teaching in the Fort McMurray Catholic School District but quickly realized that students with special needs held a special portion of her heart. She is now the Deputy Superintendent-Inclusive Education with the Fort McMurray Catholic Schools. Monica’s strong dedication to special needs children is endless. She works tirelessly to support the parents and the child to find the best placement or program. She advocates for special needs children around the province, sharing the FMCSD success stories as well as the trials and tribulations. She annually writes program proposals requesting essential funding to continue programming or introduce new funding to support children. She boldly ignores the first rejection and persistently will fight for what is right for children. The vision, creativity, initiative, drive and leadership of Monica Mankowski has brought about positive change in Fort McMurray. If it is right for children, Monica will be there supporting it in any way she can.

Mary Thomas Originally from Mumbai, India, Mary Thomas moved to Fort McMurray with her husband and two children, and has been a part of the Wood Buffalo community for 4 years, bringing along with her a passion for culture and arts. Mary is an active member and contributor to The Culture Network, a network that provides a local forum to discuss ideas, events, challenges and solutions for arts and culture in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. She has been one of the spear heads in bringing Alberta Culture Days to the Wood Buffalo Region and was recently

bringing the

have been nominated by their peers:

Lori-Anne Jensen

oil sands story to life!

Raised in Fort McMurray, and by the age of 17, Lori-Anne had joined the CO-OP program at Syncrude and started work in the CMS shop, where she eventually became the first female Sheet Metal Journey person in Canada. In her efforts to succeed in the traditionally male dominated trades, Lori-Anne was a pioneer in that she paved the way for other women to break through the old traditions and excel at their chosen craft. Lori-Anne spent 15 years working and enjoying the camaraderie in the CMS shop, however eventually she was ready to start looking for further challenges in her career. After additional training she transitioned into the SH&E department where she has worked on various projects and with numerous people. Extremely well respected and bringing a positive attitude with her every day, Lori-Anne is the senior safety specialist for the WCMP group, and is always encouraging the team to be a little better each day. With a background in the trades she can easily and quickly assess and correct a situation in the field, and the workers can tell that she is speaking from a great deal of experience. Lori-Anne inspires young women to realize that they in fact can do whatever they set their minds to.

instated as the new Executive Director for the Multicultural Association of Wood Buffalo. With Fort McMurray being a city of persons from such diverse backgrounds, Mary is truly a leader and an inspiration to minorities looking to promote and display their personal culture. Aside from her many accomplishments, Mary continuously gives her time, energy, resources and talents to the many non-profit associations in our community, volunteering whenever she can. Her strong presence in the cultural community is truly an inspiration to any newcomer to the area, and especially to women of colour trying to make a difference in our town. Her accomplishments will continue to inspire ALL girls, to be Strong, Smart and especially Bold.

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HOLLY FORTIER: Director & Facilitator, Nisto Consulting Inc. HOLLY’S INSPIRATION People inspire me daily, but my main inspiration is my mom, Lina Gallup. She was raised in the bush, with a traditional lifestyle, in Ft McKay by her grandmother and family. When she was 6, she was abducted and taken to Indian Residential School (a Government policy in Canada to force Aboriginal children to assimilate). Her strength and determination to move forward after that was amazing. She became a mother of 4 successful children, an entrepreneur, activist, and a role model who has helped many people along the way. It is a success story. Also my father – Geologist Bill Gallup. He was outdoorsy and full of adventure. Our family life was always so exciting. I am very blessed to come from two extraordinary people. HOW IS SUCCESS DISPLAYED IN YOUR LIFE? My biggest love in life is my 3 children. I base my success on the people that they are. They all have a great sense of humour, many talents, interests, amazing partners, morals and character that I am extremely proud of. My daughter and her husband just gave me my 1st granddaughter, Soleil Cree. Those amazing people are my number one priority. HOW DID YOU CHOOSE YOUR CAREER PATH? I knew from a very young age that I wanted to help people. I went to Mount Royal University, and after graduation, worked with Aboriginal Youth. I worked with 100’s of youth one-on-one. I also facilitated wellness programs that were culturally relevant to Aboriginal people. I stayed in that field for over 2 decades, it was very rewarding. At the same time, for 15 years, I worked in the Film/TV Industry as a Stand-in, Actor, Stunt Person, Wrangler, and Producer. In 2006, I was asked by leadership in Ft McKay to work on Special Projects and Cultural Consulting for the community. I was so blessed to have the opportunity to public speak and much to my surprise, people started asking for more. I developed my ‘Aboriginal Awareness Training’ to tell the story of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada from pre-contact to future. I have now taught thousands of individuals, in over 40 different groups of Industry, Government, Business, and Agencies. I am so full of gratitude – to everyone who believes in me, my work, and the importance of building meaningful and respectful relationships with Aboriginal Peoples and Communities. I am also so thankful that I am surrounded by family and friends that are healthy, wise and support me. I really believe if you have a good work ethic, are happy and positive, and are a warm person…opportunities will come knocking! HOW DO YOU GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY? I strongly believe that my purpose is to love God, Love Myself, and Love people around me. So I make the best effort to practice a strong faith; take good care of myself through wellness, fitness and clean eating; and find opportunities to encourage individuals ... and help them find their gifts. In that... I can be a role model to my children, granddaughter and others. I have had the great opportunity to present to thousands of people and I hear over and over again that they not only learned about Aboriginal Peoples, but also learned something positive for their own personal growth. That is such a blessing!!

Director & Facilitator, Nisto Consulting Inc.

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Glow Laser Centre Inc. 107-9914 Morrison Street, Fort McMurray Tel (780) 791-7091 Cell (780) 799-6999 Permanent hair removal, skin rejuvenation, skin tightening, hydradermabrasion. Book your free consultation today! Go on... Get your Glow. Inah Nail Art Salon Ltd Bay 6-36 Riedel Street, Fort McMurray Tel (780) 790-1942 Mosaic Spa and Laser Suite 108 19 Riedel Street, Fort McMurray Tel (780) 715-7147


The Bouchier Group Tel (780) 790-1682

Virginia Frank Photography Tel (780) 792-9623


Civil Construction & Earthworks

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Beauty Salons / Spas / Laser Treatments / Personal Care

Chatters Hair Salon Fort McMurray 203-19 Riedel Street, Fort McMurray Tel (780) 743-2105 Fax (780) 743-2173

Flett Manning Moore Barristers & Solicitors 9703 Franklin Avenue, Fort McMurray Tel (780) 799-9290 Fax (780) 799-3360

Sweet Escape Salon and Spa 111-8530 Manning Ave, Fort McMurray Tel (780) 750-7147

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

The Bone and Biscuit Co. Bay #2, 414 Thickwood Blvd. Tel (780) 715-2225 Fax (780) 715-2251

Pet Care

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

Pet salon located in The Bone & Biscuit Co. 780-715-2205 New clients welcome. Large dogs & cats accepted.

community centres

Hotels Dental Services

Fantasyland Hotel at West Edmonton Mall 17700-87 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB T5T 4V4 Toll Free 1-800-RESERVE

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

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

9919 Biggs Avenue Fort McMurray AB T9H 1S2

Melanie Galea Real Estate Agent

780.715.4621 Each Office Independently Owned & Operated

Fashion / Retail / Boutiques

Drop Dead Darlings River Pointe Shops 15-36 Riedel Street, Fort McMurray Tel (780) 748-1040 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! FROST by Mucharata Ltd. Handmade Jewelry & Accessories Available at Party & Wedding Essentials by Chateau Frost Inc. 1-8802 Franklin Ave, Fort McMurray Tel (780) 880-9771 Peter Pond Mall 9713 Hardin Street, Fort McMurray Tel (780) 791-4044

West Edmonton Mall 1755-8882 170 Street, Edmonton, AB T5T 4J2 Toll Free 1-800-661-8890 Yvonne Lauren Boutique 6-122 Millennium Drive, Fort McMurray Tel (780) 743-4552 Fax (780) 715-2335

Real Estate Agents

Here to help you and I care 780-370-4100

Kyle G E T T Y

it’s your M O V E . Tom O'Hara, Associate: (780) 799-2004 Team O'Hara Angie O'Hara, Associate Broker/ Owner: In The Know, (780) 713-6827 On The Go Royal LePage True North Realty

Heather Gartner, Associate: (780) 531-4748





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