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editor’s note celebrations 2014

Volume 4, Issue 3 | celebrations 2014

When you hear the word ‘Celebration’, what do you think of? Perhaps a party? Confetti? A milestone to be acknowledged?

Editor, Creative Director Kyla Getty 780-370-4900 ads@mcmurraygirl.com www.mcmurraygirl.com

Welcome to McMurray Girl’s Celebration issue! The May/June issue is one of our favourites. With weddings, graduations, Mother’s Day and more, there are truly so many reasons to celebrate, this time of year.

When I was young, I was a ‘worrier’. It may have had something to do with my parent’s divorce when I was six years old. Or, maybe this was just an innate aspect of who I was. I have always been a deep thinker, and I think that for many like me, exploring all of the ‘what ifs’ in life, can naturally bring about some worry. Because of this, at some point in my childhood, it became a nightly routine to ask my mom, “is everything good?” And every night as I went to sleep, my mom would reassure me that it was. (Thanks, mom!)

Thank You to our Contributors... Jordan Hertner, Kyla Getty, Jennifer Cluett, Eunji Penn, Mayor Melissa Blake, Kiran Malik-Khan, Deborah Nyack, Lindsay Weeks, Melanie Matheson, Brenna Fynes, Carolyn Goolsby, Emma Alves ...and to all who made this issue possible!

Photography: Virginia Frank Photography Carrie Williams Photography Peak Photography

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But what if ‘Celebration’ became more than something reserved for special occasions? Do you have a Celebration State of Mind?

Many years have passed since then. I am now the mom of a six year old little girl. A lot has changed. My life’s path has taken twists and turns that I NEVER would have predicted in any ‘what ifs’. (And would have scared the heck out of me!) Through my unique journey, I have learned, I have grown, become strong and secure. I have come to a place where, despite the twists and turns, I know that in the end everything REALLY IS GOOD. I am fortunate to be married to a fun husband with a zest for life. Kyle approaches life with an energetic attitude and a quest to ‘win the day’. Among close friends and family, he is famous for his phrase – ‘livin’ the dream’ (bumps in the road, and all). You see, there never was a need for reassurance that everything is okay – it always was. A great life is one that is celebrated – each day is a victory, each day can be fun – each day can be playful! I have learned that when you live with a 'celebration state-of-mind, you’ll find that you have oh-so-many reasons to keep the party going! When you appreciate moments with a ‘livin’ the dream’ outlook, you will find that your dreams really do come true. The act of celebration – the feeling and the vibration that fun and joy fills you with will create a ripple effect. And McMurray Girl, you have no idea the fabulous creations that your celebration will bring about for you!

Cheers to that!

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Congratulations on your engagement! Tell us about the big proposal! The two of us were in Punta Cana for a week's vacation and on the second day we took a day trip to a desolate island for some relaxation and snorkeling. My Fiancé isn't a fan of water, so I associated the nerves to him being on a boat and my forcing him to snorkel with me! After we had lunch, I asked him to go for on a walk on the beach to snap some photos with our handy monkey tripod. He obliged. We had taken some photos and he said to set it up for one more, so I did. You have 10 seconds to get into the picture and pose so I ran over, put my hand on my hip and held a smile! Devon grabbed me, turned me to him, kissed me, and got on one knee! I was so taken aback that it took me about 30 seconds to realize I hadn't answered… I said YES!

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feature So what’s YOUR wedding plan? We had initially planned to have the wedding in October 2014, but life works in many interesting ways! Devon was moved from Fort McMurray back to Edmonton, which was a mini wrench in the plan. The wedding will be in Ontario. We would like to have big wedding, so we decided to postpone it until 2015. We do look forward to it, but want to be able to enjoy the wedding and live together as newlyweds.

What's your vision for your wedding? I want a classy, elegant, fall wedding. Fall in Ontario is just gorgeous and the colours are amazing so I knew right away that I wanted it then. Devon and I are still deciding on a church or outdoor wedding. I would love to do it outside for pictures, but mother nature never knows what she wants to pull on wedding days. One thing that I think adds so much to an evening is lighting. That will be something I focus on. I want to have an open bar for my friends as well as a plated meal... and then I just want to let loose and listen to good music and dance. I also want food and dessert bars set up for all-night eating.

What are three important must-haves for your big day? My wedding day must-haves include having my girlfriends in the wedding with me to get ready along with mimosas… no bridezilla, here! I also love the idea of having a photo booth because photos are mementos to hold onto forever… and it's just plain fun! My last must-have is, of course – DEVON!

Jordan’s 5 planning tips 1

Budget is number one because it is way to easy to get caught up and want EVERYTHING! 

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Figure out who you want and need to be there - it's easy to start adding friends you haven't talked to for 3 years to the list.

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Don't listen to everyone around you, do what you want because it's YOUR day.

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Expect the unexpected because people cancel and things can easily go wrong.

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Have fun with it! It's easy to get caught up in the moment but realize you're planning for the most loving day, so use that attitude in the planning.


After the proposal, what was the first step you made in preparing for your wedding? Definitely my wedding dress! Ah, and it is gorgeous! It's a Maggie Sottero (and she's sitting in the closet lonely – I just want to wear it now!)

What kind of bride do you think you will be? I am very easy going, and I hope that will translate on my wedding day. I live with the motto that everything happens for a reason, so you just take things as they come and realize what the day is really about.

Making your list and checking it twice – what are your tips for making a guest list? Guest lists are not easy, which blew my mind. Have your parents on both sides check it over to make sure anyone they may possibly want there isn't left out. Feel free to make cuts - if you're paying $100 a head, do you really need that highschool friend there you haven't talked to since 2009? Be ready to have higher numbers than you thought – it happens!

What are your thoughts on food at a wedding? I want to try to appeal to everyone – but that's usually impossible. I think we have decided on a chicken, a fish, and a beef dish, with a vegetarian option, as well. I want a plated meal because it seems more classy than buffet-style, however that is just my opinion. Other than that, we have talked about a chocolate fountain (oh yes!) and a pizza table to come out around 9pm for snacks.

Must-haves for your wedding playlist? I love to dance so I want upbeat top 40's, but I also like old school music like rap and hip hop so that will also be getting mixed in. There is such a diverse age group coming and I want my parents and their friends to have fun, so we will be looking for a DJ who has it all, because songs will be getting requested all night from the 50's to 2014.

What do you want people to attend your wedding to say when they leave? I want people to leave saying that it was a beautiful day and that they had a good time... and great food! I also want our families to mingle and get to know  each other a bit more in an enjoyable environment. 

Photos © Carrie Williams Photography

MY STORY I grew up in Ontario with two older brothers and the greatest parents anyone could have. When I attended my first communications class in Grade 9 and did the on-air morning announcements, I was hooked! I knew this is what I needed and wanted to do with the rest of my life. I attended Fanshawe College for Broadcast Television. As I was finishing up my post grad (last year of school), I ended up getting back together with my highschool sweetheart – and now fiancé – Devon. We had met in high school and became close through our group of friends. We dated for a short time, I was even his prom date! But, that shortly ended when he moved to Alberta. We remained good friends and would visit when he came home for holidays. After about 5 years apart, he came home to Ontario to finish up school and the rest is history. We decided to give dating a go for a second time and it just clicked. Now, life has thrown us for a bit of a loop! Because we both are so passionate about our careers, we are living long distance and it's most definitely not easy… but we get through and try to visit as often as we can.  I can't say enough about my job! This is my first television job out of school and it feels so good that someone wants to pay me to do what I love! I thank God everyday for the blessings I have and the fact that I love going into work everyday! I have no idea what the future holds, but I will keep working hard, perfecting my skills and loving my work. It does get hard to not have any family or friends here, but I know I am meant to be here now getting this experience and I love every minute of it.

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Hometown: Seoul - Vancouver - Fort McMurray

Life at Home: Loving life with husband, Robert and baby boy, Bentley.

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Little-known Fact: Eunji attended music school in Italy at the ages of 17 and 18 where she sang opera and played the piano.

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Meet Eunji Penn – Daughter of Inah Hur and co-owner of Fort McMurray’s wildly popular Inah Nail Art Salon. Before the glam, new, chandelier-adorned salon in Eagle Ridge, and before their previous Reidel location… even before this bustling business started humbly in Inah’s basement… Eunji began her McMurray Girl journey by coming to Canada from Seoul, Korea at the age of 19. As an international student, her first stop wasn’t Fort McMurray. Eunji started her Canadian experience in Kamloops, BC – attending Thompson Rivers University. She chose to begin in a place with very little Korean connection – where she was immersed in English and forced to learn quickly. Three years later, Eunji confidently moved to Vancouver where she would attend the University of British Columbia and meet her now husband, Robert. In the summer of 2008, the couple decided to join Eunji’s mother, Inah, who had been living in Fort McMurray for a year. Once here, Eunji attended Keyano College where she took Office Administration and even worked in the college bookstore. Inah had started ‘Inah’s Nail Art’ as a home-based business, but with limited English, she knew that Eunji’s knowledge would be an asset for the growing business. Today, the mother-daughter duo are extremely grateful to their clientele who have been with them from their basement beginnings to the gorgeous, new salon located in Eagle Ridge’s East Village. With 10 employees, the business has grown it’s menu of pampering services to include waxing, facials, eyelash extensions, an array of massages and most recently – tanning. Pretty in pink, the salon – and the staff – are inviting and accommodating. The team functions in an organized fashion, providing guests with efficient services, so you can get in quickly, enjoy your time and get on with your day (with your fab, prettied-up fingers and toes!) “My goal is to create satisfied customers so that they keep coming back,” says Eunji. And, with an average of about 100 clients per day, the quality of service speaks for itself. McMurray Girls can’t get enough of Inah Nail Art! “My personal experience has been great,” says Kyla Getty, McMurray Girl Editor. “Of the many times I’ve had the gel nail services (complete with the latest colours, patterns, and trends), I have – not once – had a nail break. Aside from my impression of their service, one can’t help but feel the warmth and gratitude from Inah, Eunji and the staff.”

The pair has built a cohesive team by understanding that each employee needs to be treated equally… and in this case, Eunji says that they are treated as family. Outside of work, the group gets social, acknowledging birthdays and going to dinner and drinks on the weekends. With this close-knit vibe, the group in-turn is expected to treat the salon’s guests as family, too. Despite Inah's and some of the staff’s limited English, Eunji says, “It’s important to us that from the moment a client walks through our door, friendly, caring service is provided and that despite the language barrier, gratitude is communicated from the heart.” And heart is definitely something that Eunji has. She recently became mom to her son, Bentley, and adores her supportive husband Robert. “He works very hard, 10 hour days and still joins me at the salon each night to help me close up.” Her other love is of course, the business, and Eunji is no stranger to long days, herself. Though, she wouldn’t have it any other way. “To be a success, you have to be really in love with your business. You have to wake up and be excited to work. I truly love what I do.”

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For brides or grads, these pretty in pink floral nails with lace tip details are soft and romantic!

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The nail artists at Inah were inspired by tuxedos and wedding gowns for these one-of-a-kind mini pieces of art!


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Throughout history, women around the globe have been customizing – and lengthening their hair using the weave process. In fact, the art of hair weaving goes back to ancient Egyptian times. In this process, rather than using harsh glues or clamps, the extensions are instead woven into your own hair with hidden, expertly-placed braids. Always excited to try something new, Kyla visited Chatters’ hair extension expert – Hannah to learn more and experience a hair makeover of her own!

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Above: Emily Hui, a Coordinator with the Municipality’s Community Services Department, Mayor Melissa Blake and featured poet, Dawn Booth pose at the Words in Motion launch event.

“I recently had the pleasure of attending the launch of Words in Motion. This initiative puts poems from residents of all ages on our municipal transit buses. Wood Buffalo has many inspiring writers and Words in Motion is a wonderful opportunity to share their talents and encourage literacy. With some of the 270 submitted poems in French, Chinese, Gujarati and Tagalog, I am also happy to know that this program captures our cultural diversity. And I love the fact that we’re using our Woosh buses to showcase the poems… as residents who are always on the move, it’s a great route to go!” - Mayor Melissa Blake


mayor’s note McMurray Girl - Celebrations Party. Festival. Gala. Call it what you want – it’s a celebration! And from Mother’s Day to Father’s Day to the ramping up of the wedding season, there certainly is plenty to celebrate. There’s also that special celebration many of our young people rejoice in – graduation! The hard work of our graduates is a great accomplishment and should be recognized by all the community. Wood Buffalo has an incredible future with our many talented young people. The praise of our graduates isn’t fully complete without a nod of thanks to family, friends, and school staff who have helped them along the way. Yes, it’s our grads that take the tests and write the essays, but there’s a whole network of support to help get them to this point. When folks work together as a team, we build a solid foundation for the years ahead! One fantastic celebration that I hope many of our citizens will participate in comes to a bright sunny Wood Buffalo sky at the end of May. Did you know that for the first time in its history the Fort McMurray International Airport welcomed over one million passengers last year? With a growth rate soaring higher and higher, this June’s opening of our new air terminal can’t come fast enough! To help celebrate the occasion the airport will host the Fort McMurray International Air Show on May 31 and June 1. I am very excited to bring my two boys to see the impressive aerobatics of the Snowbirds, the roaring speed of a CF-18 Hornet, the thrilling moves of the SkyHawks parachute team, and plenty more aerial action. As a way to give back to the community, at least $100,000 of the proceeds from the show will go to local charities. That is definitely something worth celebrating! It’s an exciting time for our folks at the Fort McMurray Airport Authority and I want to thank them, and their partners, for their commitment to a new era of air travel in this region. You can learn more about the new terminal and the Fort McMurray International Air Show, including opportunities to volunteer for this once in a lifetime event, by visiting www.flyfortmac.ca. Enjoy this edition of McMurray Girl!

Sincerely, Melissa Blake, Mayor

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With spring underway, it’s that time of year to pick up and pitch in! Team up with your friends, coworkers and neighbours to keep our region beautiful and create a litter-free Wood Buffalo. Volunteer for the spring cleanup, organized by the Municipality, until May 10 to tidy up a park, green-space, block, trail or roadway. Supplies will be provided.

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With Jack Frost having packed up and headed out of town, it’s time to swap out seasonal gear and make plans for our long Wood Buffalo summer days. A good place to get some ideas for spring and summer activities is the Municipality’s Community Guide to Recreation, Culture, and Social Services. Published every spring and fall, the latest edition is now available for free at the Jubilee Centre and various locations around town. Or you can view the spring and summer 2014 guide online at: www.woodbuffalo.ab.ca/communityguide.

Lost a wallet? Dropped a piece of photo ID? Found property is a part of everyday policing and it’s a priority of the Wood Buffalo RCMP to ensure that items are returned to their rightful owners. Now residents have a new online resource to find lost property, and it’s just a click away! The ‘Found Property’ section is just one of the many features of the Wood Buffalo RCMP’s micro-site. Visitors will also find information on Community Policing, Victim Services, general information on policing services in the Municipality, and much more. Visit the Wood Buffalo RCMP website at www.woodbuffalorcmp.ca.

Visit www.woodbuffalo.ab.ca/cleanup for more information on registering and to learn about other initiatives like the Highway 63/69 clean up and the Adopta-Trail/Adopt-a-Roadway Program.


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The Real MACOY

“We always rely on feedback from youth. They said they wanted to do more, to advocate for themselves, and Julie and I always supported that. Our alumni still keep in touch with us sending Facebook messages, calls, and texts,” shared Shaw, who has been a Fort McMurray resident for 33 years.

| by Kiran Malik-Khan

They are the youth leaders you see volunteering for, and supporting community events. The well-dressed, well-spoken youngsters who know they are the leaders of today, and tomorrow – they are the Mayor’s Advisory Council on Youth (MACOY). Founded in 1993 the advisory group was formed to assist City Council with services, programs, and issues concerning youth. Membership is open to local youth ages 13-18. MACOY has 27 members from all five high schools, and has made a name for itself as a coveted group. There is a waiting list for the initiative, and much credit goes to Norma Shaw and Julie Dolmont, who oversee the program. Both ladies asked for the MACOY portfolio in 2009. “We wanted to revitalize it, and looked at the research based on youth input. For the last five years MACOY numbers have gone through the roof,” explains Norma Shaw, who has been with the municipality for 20 years. “We didn’t have to recruit for the last three years,” shares Julie Dolmont, who joined the municipality in 2008, and was also nominated by MACOY to the Girls Inc., of Northern Alberta’s Women of Inspiration Series. The group annually participates in the Curl for Kids Sake event in support of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Wood Buffalo. They volunteer for the soup kitchen, and run a food bank drive during the holidays. MACOY’s work hasn’t gone unnoticed. They received the prestigious YMCA Peace Medal for their accomplishments in 2012. Last year saw a major MACOY 20th Anniversary event, which was a reunion celebration with alumni and community supporters from the last two decades.

MACOY helped host a major event on March 22, 2014. The Youth are CommUNITY showcase in collaboration with UNITY Charity was held at the Keyano Recital Theatre. UNITY “engages youth 10 to 18 by implementing school and community programs helping youth positively express their stress and develop skills for success,” according to their official website. MACOY showcased youth agencies such as the Justin Slade Youth Foundation, Stepping Stones, and the YMCA to name a few, and provided networking, as well as highlighted UNITY’s final showcase through performances by Northern Elements Crew, and youth participants. “They did all the work. I was so proud of them,” Shaw continued. Indeed, there’s so much to be proud about when it comes to this group. And, if you are a parent like me, about to run and speak to her teen to join, Norma and Julie have these words of wisdom to offer. “Our model shows when parents ask their children to join MACOY they don’t stay. It’s better to connect them with a MACOY member, and see if they like it,” Shaw advises.

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Think Banff! | by Deborah Nyack

think Banff! Destination wedding?

Considering a destination wedding? Banff just might be for you! A beautiful wedding locale without having to leave Alberta, Banff offers wonderful venues, breathtaking scenery, and many local, experienced professional wedding services. Here are 5 planning tips to keep in mind if you think that wedding bells just might be ringing for YOU in Banff!

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First, select a venue. For a small wedding of under 40 guests, the quaint Bear & Bison Country Inn (with beautiful views) is perfect! For small to large weddings, the Castle in the Rockies is a fairytale setting. If you imagine a more rustic setting, the Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts’ log buildings with huge stone fireplaces are ideal! The Lake Louise shore offers a famously picturesque view of the lake and mountains with a hotel's amenities conveniently right there! Other fantastic outdoor sites are Tunnel Mountain Meadow, Quarry Lake, and the Garden Terrace at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.

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Consider Local Services. All of the professional, experienced services you need can be found in the Banff area. Local wedding service providers are both affordable and excellent. If you hire a local, you will not be charged extra fees for travel or accommodation. This leaves you extra funds to spend on other aspects of your wedding. Book your suppliers directly, choose the services you want, and plan the wedding of your dreams! You will find a few sites online where you can completely plan your entire wedding! BanffBride.com specifically caters to assisting out of town wedding couples allowing you to effortlessly add the perfect details to your day, including: floral arrangements, a photographer, videographer, music, transportation, decor, hair styling, make up services, dining services, limousine and of course… the cake!

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A Picture Says a Thousand Words. Using a local photographer is a smart option for many reasons. Not only do locals know the best locations in the area for great wedding photos, they also understand the variable light in the mountains, as well as the rules at each local site and venue. A professional photographer will know how to capture all those precious fleeting wedding moments!

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A Beautiful wedding is a Memorable Wedding. There’s no need to pack décor along in your suitcase… Special Events Rental Banff is an amazing resource with gorgeous touches to suit every bride’s style. From white to gold chiavari chairs, table linens, lights, and vases – to crystal chandeliers, the company also offers set up assistance.

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Bring it to Life with Music. Live ceremony music is far more flexible than your iPod… and a lot more creative! A musician can choreograph music to each moment throughout your event without any odd starts and stops! Musicians can play indoors or out at most mountain venues, and can play many styles from contemporary to Celtic to classical! Hire a harpist or string trio, for unforgettable romance. For reception music, Banff offers some top-notch DJs and there are also a number of great dance bands that offer everything from classical & contemporary to rock or jazz genres.


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Celebrating your wedding in the gorgeous Canadian Rocky Mountains just might be the perfect way to express YOUR love. Not only does Banff provide a host of gorgeous backdrops and professional services to set the scene for your perfect day, but it also offers some memorable adventure tours and activities to entertain your guests for the rest of their stay! Visit BanffBride.com to explore the abundance of creative options that await you in Banff. celebrations 2014 | mcmurraygirl.com

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ONEGIRL | Introducing the McMurray Girls of ONE Team

ONEGIRL

Fort McMurray became home very quickly but I still love connecting with my east coast brides!

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ONEGIRL:

melanie matheson catering & conference coordinator

Originally from Pictou County, Nova Scotia, Melanie made her journey here in October of 2011 and she admits that she felt at home right away!

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Melanie's number ONE rule in wedding planning:

Pick 3!

Whether it is your photographer, decorator, officiate or cosmetologist. Pick 3 candidates and meet with each one. This will give you a great understanding of who will best suit your needs and expectations.

Melanie's role with ONE Team as a Catering & Conference Coordinator for the Regional Recreation Corporation of Wood Buffalo, means that each day, she can be found working on a wide variety of tasks. "You can find me consulting with our chef, meeting with a bride or helping to plan our next large scale event…it’s all within a days work!" When asked about the best part of her work, she answers that – 'hands down' – it's getting to see our bride's and groom’s dream day come to life, "there is nothing more satisfying than knowing you were part of making their day as flawless and as special as possible." And, this Nova Scotia native admits that she loves connecting and working with east coast brides! So what can a McMurray Girl bride expect from the venue and offerings at McDonald Island Park? Plenty! "Here at the Suncor Community Leisure Centre we pride ourselves on service excellence. With the booking of our banquet spaces or our stunning patio overlooking the Miskanaw Golf Course, you will be provided with every service you can imagine! From consultation on catering, décor and floor plans, to a full list of vendors to help you add that one special element to your event – we’re here to help with every detail from florists to bag pipers! And, most importantly, we are on-site the day of the wedding to ensure everything runs smoothly".

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Wedding season and graduation is just around the corner and McMurray Girls are wanting to look their best in that perfect dress! Slim is no longer in style... It's all about good health, strength, and most of all - feeling great on your big day! Whether you're wanting to tone up those arms, or go into full-on bootcamp mode, consider these helpful tips from Keyano's Syncrude Sport & Wellness Centre. Safely shape up, and have fun along the way!

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START WORKING on your

ďŹ tness goals right away. This way you can achieve you goal the healthy way through a balanced diet and exercise. There are no quick fixes and if you have plenty of time there is no need to consider anything drastic that could be potentially harmful for your health.

QUICK FIX DIETS

don't work.

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There are no magic pills, health and fitness comes from lifestyle changes. A healthy and balanced diet with good foods and proper portions is the best way to maintain

KEEP a food and exercise journal.

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Not only is it great to look back at the progress you’ve made, but writing these things down keeps you more accountable and mindful of your body. There are also plenty of free apps available to help with this and can be a good source for nutritional information.

long term goals. Use the 90/10 rule, eating healthy 90% of the time but still allowing for treats 10% of the time. There is no need cut treats out completely, just have a small serving once in a while.


DRINK PLENTY

of water.

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For multiple reasons this is a must; increases energy and relieves fatigue, flushes out toxins, headache prevention, improves complexion. Also many people misread their body’s signals of hunger when they are actually thirsty. So try having a glass of water before snacks and meals to help prevent over eating.

WORK OUT with a

friend (Bridesmaids!)

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Training with a friend increases adherence to a program and is great for providing motivation and accountability. Also trying out that new class you’ve been eyeing up will seem less intimidating. Not only will you both get into shape but you will have fun doing it!

DON'T BE AFRAID to

lift heavy weights.

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Lifting weights will not make you too “bulky”, in fact it will lead to more effective fat loss! When you increase your lean muscle mass your body will burn more calories since it has more muscle working. More muscle and less fat is what gets the “toned” look.


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Weddings, Marriage and the Law

Smart Bride's Legal Guide By Emma Alves

Congratulations! You’ve finally made a decision to marry the spouse of your dreams.

What are the rules about getting married? First of all, where are you getting married? Each country has different rules. There are rules about who you can marry, such as being forbidden from marrying someone who is already married, or marrying someone of the same gender. There are rules about who can perform the marriage. Does the person have to be a religious leader or can your best friend act as an officiant? There are rules about obtaining a marriage license before getting married. There are rules about ending a marriage, and there are specific steps you need to take through the Courts to become divorced.

Where do you find these rules? In Canada, the rules about who you can marry are the same across the country, however each province has its own application process. These processes are usually available through the Vital Statistics Registry in that province. In Alberta, you must apply for a marriage license through Alberta Registries, provide proof of who you are, and prove that you are not currently married to someone else. If any of your documents are in a language other than French or English, you will need to provide certified translations of those documents If you’re thinking of going abroad to get married, the information on that country’s marriage rules is usually available through your destination country’s embassy’s website. If not, do a search on Google of “Getting married in Country X”. The Google search will probably turn up some official, and some not-so official sites that you can use to gather information. One thing I discovered when I did this search for myself recently is that some countries require you to be in the country for a certain period of time before they’ll marry you. Yes Belize, I’m talking about you.

After you get married Get a copy of your marriage certificate. The thing I’d like to highlight is that immediately after the ceremony your officiant will likely provide you with a ceremonial marriage certificate, however this is not the official marriage certificate. The official marriage certificate will be mailed to you by the registry of marriages in your jurisdiction, and this is the document that you will need in the future to prove that you are married.

What every smart mcmurray girl should know about the law

reallifelaw. Can you change your name? Yes, this is when one party adopts the name of their spouse. To change official identification, you will need to provide your pre-marriage identity in conjunction with your marriage certificate to give effect to the change. You can start using your married name immediately after you get married, but official documents, such as credit cards and drivers licenses, can only be changed when you can provide proof that you are married (the marriage certificate). If you’re looking at doing a hyphenated name, or choosing a whole new name for you and your spouse to use, you will need to officially change your name, and that is a more involved process.

One last thing I’d like to remind you of is that being married is a legal status. There are legal consequences to being married, such as tax consequences, inheritance changes, etc. Like any major life changing event, it’s worthwhile reviewing some things you take for granted, like the will that you do or do not have and should maybe prepare, or who the beneficiaries are under a life insurance policy, so that your new spouse is not left in the lurch in the future.

Emma Alves Emma Alves has written for McMurray girl before, but it was under her maiden name of Emma Shortt. In 2014 Emma has gotten married, and is working as a Student at Law (lawyer in training) at Flett Manning Moore.

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Lindsay Weeks has been a McMurray Girl of 9 years. Born and raised in Nova Scotia, she moved to Alberta shortly after graduating from college in search of more opportunity. Among many, one of the opportunities that McMurray has afforded her was the ability to get braces at the age of 32. It’s never too early or too late to create a smile to celebrate.

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Prior to having braces, I was self-conscious about my teeth. I used to cover my mouth while talking. Sometimes I would get called out on it but it was such a force of habit for me. I was also concerned about my gum health because of the positioning of teeth I was a candidate for gum disease, and tooth decay. For the past five years, I have been employed with Suncor Energy working in the field of Document Management. I‘ve found it necessary, on occasion, to make presentations to coworkers in the business areas I support. Enhancing my smile has increased my self-confidence, and has enabled me to pursue public speaking as part of my job and other potential opportunities. I was 30 when I started to explore options such as crowns and veneers, but I didn’t feel 100% comfortable having my real teeth replaced. At 32, I put my foot down and finally got braces! It was great timing for me financially, and mentally. I made it a priority to invest in my health and my future. I guess you could say, ‘I put my money where my mouth is’ literally! I had concerns going into the process. Most were based on old technology. After meeting with Dr. Kelly Brooke, I learned that braces have come a long way in 20 years since the days of head gear and 5 year treatment plans. I decided to go with the Damon System for Braces. I was looking for the fastest treatment program, fewer office visits, and best results for my needs. During the first couple of months of wearing braces, I noticed immediate change, which gradually improved over the next 12 months.

Lindsay before

Dr. Brooke advised that I would have the braces on from 12 to 18 months, but I only ended up wearing them for 12! The day you go into have your braces removed is the one of the best days of your life. The braces come off just as easy and painless as they were put on, and they polish your teeth, too! I was given a permanent retainer for both my top and bottom teeth, as well as a plastic retainer to wear each day for the first month, then only at night after that.

If I could change anything about this experience, it’s that I would have done it earlier! I am happy with my smile. Everyone has been really supportive during this whole experience. It has definitely been worth it, and I recommend braces to anyone who is considering it!

3 tips from Lindsay 1

Do not overthink it. The longer you think about it, the more time you add to the treatment time.

There are payment plan options available at a very low interest rates! When making my decision, I decided to postpone a couple of trips, and/or wait for that new vehicle purchase. A vehicle depreciates in value but a smile lasts forever. Also, check into your insurance plan, you may have coverage. You can also claim a portion of dental work on your taxes.

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Go for the consultation, and have a chat with Dr. Kelly Brooke. Once you know what your treatment plan looks like, and what your options are you will be that much closer to making your decision.

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Dr. Brooke Says: If you’re planning a special celebration for the Summer of 2015, now is perfect time to start your braces journey! Most treatments will only take about 12-14 months. I have been practicing orthodontics exclusively in Fort McMurray for 11 years, and have been able to help about 4000 people celebrate THEIR smiles! For More Information: www.fortmcmurrayortho.com or visit Dr. Brooke’s office for a free consultation to find out treatment options.

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| by Carolyn Goolsby

goodreads Dig out the sandals, find the shorts, pull on the short sleeves – Summer is right around the corner! So much happens at this time of year – graduations, barbecues, parties, weddings, Mother's Day, Father's Day, and even Canada Day coming up before you know it! So much to do – drag out the warm weather toys, plan a wedding, throw a party… and as always, your Library has got you covered!

Well Groomed: A Wedding Planner for What'sHis-Name (and His Bride)

– Peter Scott We’ve all seen it. The ring, the proposal, the rush of new engagement, and then before you know it, you’re looking at Full Bridal Psychosis. Brides get all the attention – and that applies in the book world, too. But fear not for your brave Lochinvar – Peter Scott has written a hilarious and practical guide to help grooms with planning for and surviving the Big Day. Things will happen. This book tells your guy to roll with it.

on MacDonald Island “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” -Dr. Seuss, Oh the Places You’ll Go

Simple Stunning Weddings: Designing and Creating Your Perfect Celebration

– Karen Bussen & Ellen Silverman Weddings, as with everything, are about location, location, location! Simple, Stunning Weddings starts there, with your perfect location, and then works from that location with colour, flowers, and personalization. The current trend in weddings is simplicity – huge weddings are giving way to smaller affairs with friends and family to celebrate rather than put on a show. This book also provides advice and tips on how to spend your wedding budget wisely, based on what is important to you. It doesn’t have to be complicated!

Do It for Less! Parties: Tricks of the Trade from Professional Caterers' Kitchens

Confessions of a Cereal Mother: True Stories to Let

– Denise Vivaldo

Every Mother Know She's Not Alone in the Craziness

We’ve all planned for a dinner. How do you do a party for a class full of kids? Or 50 adults? This book shows you how to do it well for groups of all sizes. Recipes, party planning, and efficient entertaining are all covered here, so you can spend time having a great party instead of stressing over the preparations. A must have for summer party season!

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– Rachel McClellan In honor of Mothers’ Day, I must recommend this title. This is one of the funniest books I’ve ever seen. Rachel McClellan is a mother of 4 whose husband does shift work, and she has stories you wouldn’t believe. A true and positive take on what it means to be a mom. Every mom should read this, just for the laughs!

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A Nation Worth Ranting About – Rick Mercer

As we prepare to celebrate Canada Day, pick up a book of funny, blistering rants about the foibles of being Canadian. From Parliament to people who refuse to use snow tires, Rick Mercier lets no one off the hook. This read will have you laughing out loud and – ultimately – proud to be Canadian!

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Follow writer Brenna Fynes as she discovers Fort McMurray, dating, and the path ahead on her journey as a new McMurray Girl

After just a few short months, the dark and blustery night I arrived in Fort McMurray is beginning to feel like a lifetime ago. In these months I have been busy writing home responding to the curiosities of friends and family, that this is actually a “normal” place, and that in contradiction to their warnings I have felt safer and more respected by men here than I ever did at home. (What, there are men who will still hold doors open?) I have also been very busy getting out on the dating scene and into that full and single adventure!

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I’ve tried Plenty of Fish, Tinder, and the good old fashioned smiling at men in bars technique, the combination of which has landed me on no shortage of dates with hot guys, nice guys, some weird guys, and a few just-not-my-type guys. I met one very cute and seemingly gentlemanly guy at an event not long ago where we shared a pleasant and lengthy conversation topped off with that special feeling of oh-la-la. After asking me out and taking my number he messaged me (to my excitement) asking what day worked best for me. “Friday” I replied, “that’s my only night off”. “I’m going out partying that night...” was his response, “after my drug test”. Going out with me was clearly a secondary priority, but at least he was honest. In the midst of all my adventuring though, I have been learning one thing for sure. If I end up leaving Fort McMurray single and penniless it will at least be with a new found level of confidence. Maybe because I’m living in the land of men, that makes me feel like I have enough options that I don’t have to toe any specific line or sell myself short. I feel like I can truly just be myself here. I had this epiphany a few weeks ago sitting with a girlfriend at the Earls bar downtown where I had been giving flirty eyes to a cute guy sitting with a group a few tables away. He smiled back at me and returned the flirtatious eyes but left it at that. Instead of continuing to try to get his attention, I realized that it’s no great failing if a man isn’t interested or not available. All we ladies really need to do is redirect our attention ten degrees in either direction and try again. My ego has developed a ten second rebound rate. This might go without saying for some, but I haven’t always valued myself, my time, and my energies in dating as much as I should have. What I’m realizing now is that there is no need to alter myself or my approach, or go out with a guy who would rather be “partying” than out with me, because the law of probability dictates that I will eventually stumble on someone here who will be buying exactly what I’m selling.

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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.

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Here is the latest trio of nominees who

Verna Murphy Verna Murphy is a freelance writer in Fort McMurray, tackling what many would call contentious issues for women, including those such as single parenting, health issues and suicide. Having written many articles and blogs on numerous topics, the pieces that have had the most impact are those articles that share her experiences of being a mother and wife while living in the active city of Fort McMurray. Her articles have encouraged many women to make the move up here and were instrumental in creating the close knit support group where women can share and discuss various issues over coffee, at the schools and in social media. Verna is an advocate for all those who are homeless or disadvantaged in our community, and shares the hardships they face by putting a spotlight on the programs that are needed in our community. To help with the need, she leads the way in being a foster mother herself, and continues to reach out to others and encourage them to pick up that torch with her. Having been diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia at the age of 19, and not expected to live a long and productive life, she faced that challenge, endured a bone marrow transplant, and continues to live a fulfilling life.

Farah Ahmad Originally from Pakistan, Farah Ahmad, Registered Nurse with Alberta Health Services and Certified Diabetes Educator with the Wood Buffalo Primary Care Network, has called Fort McMurray home for over ten years. In the ten years Farah has lived in Fort McMurray, Farah has volunteered countless hours for the Canadian Diabetes Association, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Breast Cancer Foundation and Cancer Society of Fort McMurray. She has also organized many health expositions offering her expertise in the area of diabetes, women's health, cancer, breast cancer and prevention. In 2012 she was recognized nationally


have been nominated by their peers:

Olive Wooden Olive Wooden moved to Fort McMurray 28 years ago, and is the Executive Director of the Fort McMurray Real Estate Board. Volunteerism is something Olive grew up with, and has had a long volunteering career so far. She was instrumental in helping launch the Festival of Trees 25 years ago, and in making the Girl Guides strong as well by encouraging 300 girls across town to enroll in the program. She first took over as the group’s commissioner, and later as their public relations director. Olive moved to Anzac 18 years ago to take over the Anzac Hotel, which she named the Duck Inn. There she took care of many individuals who were not only down on their luck, but also needing a hand up to improve their lives. Olive was also involved with the Kinettes, and took her children along with her to help organize Canada Day activities. She has also served as the president of the Fort McMurray Tourism board for six years, and later received the Ambassador Award from Fort McMurray Tourism. The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo also recognized Olive as the Citizen of the Year for Anzac a few years ago in acknowledgment of her many services to our city.

by receiving "Diabetes Educator of the Year Award" from Canadian Diabetes Association, and in 2013 she received yet another award for her professionalism in Diabetes. Farah is a pioneering member of the Wood Buffalo Primary Care Network, the first of 44 open in Alberta, and she has played an integral role in designing the clinic and developing the chronic disease programming. Today, she is the lead of the diabetic prevention clinic, gestational diabetes and pediatric diabetes program, as well as the insulin pump program. Farah’s contributions and commitments span beyond Alberta Health Services. She regularly mentors nursing students from Keyano College, gives presentations to the aboriginal communities, and is a Regional Chair for the Northern region for Canadian Diabetes Association.

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HOW IS SUCCESS DISPLAYED IN YOUR LIFE?

My beautiful mother Pat has been my inspiration in life. She’s been the positive role model and support that I needed to succeed. She gave up comforts of her own to better the future for my brother and I, knowing that education and learning is key. My mother sees the good in all things, loves to empower others, and always knew the right things to say to keep me on track. She has always been my cheerleader on the sidelines and would always remind me that I could accomplish anything I put my mind to. She has instilled great values and morals as our foundation.

Success is displayed by being able to make a difference in ones life, to do what you love and be independent with the means for new opportunities to learn and grow as an individual, and make a contribution to society. It’s also displayed by accomplishing goals and dreams that I set for myself, being able to travel and see different cultures of the world, completing my education, becoming a registered nurse, and having a family. I recently got married and became a mother to my beautiful daughter. All of these things make me feel successful in my life.

I have been blessed with loving parents and a family that has been supportive throughout my life. With this, I have pursued a career in health. In 1999, I left my hometown of Fort Chipewyan to complete high school in Fort McMurray and In 2005, I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. I continue to love the work I do, being able to help others and promote healthy life choices.

HOW DO YOU GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY? I do my best to give back to the community as a positive role model to youth – showing them that if you dream it, you can accomplish it. I also promote healthy life choices and I use every opportunity to encourage youth to dream big, travel, seek new opportunities, learn something new, and I always support those who choose a career path in nursing.


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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


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25% Off DROP IN CLASSES *Not to be combined with any other offer Must Present member Card & ID at Purchase 9908 Penhorwood St. 780-791-7792

10% OFF

PURCHASES

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

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

GEL NAILS

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

10021 Biggs Ave. (780) 791-1454

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


Beauty Salons / Spas / Laser Treatments / Personal Care

Opening Soon! Achieve Wellness Spa 206-112 Riverstone Ridge, Fort McMurray In Stoneycreek Village Tel 780-750-3391 www.achievewellnessspa.com

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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. Inah Nail Art Salon Ltd New Location in Eagle Ridge's East Village! Bay 133-355 Loutit Rd, Fort McMurray Tel (780) 790-1942 www.inahsalon.com Milada's Beauty Studio 151 Loutit Rd, Fort McMurray, AB T9K 0K6 (780) 743-4315

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

www.miladasbeautystudio.com

Every smile is beautiful Dr. Sonia Thibault, D.M.D

Health/Wellness

Lawyers

The Bouchier Group Tel (780) 790-1682 info@thebouchiergroup.com www.thebouchiergroup.com

Flett Manning Moore Barristers & Solicitors 9703 Franklin Avenue, Fort McMurray Tel (780) 799-9290 Fax (780) 799-3360 info@flettmanningmoore.com www.flettmanningmoore.com

Back on Track with Barb 8-122 Millennium Drive, Fort McMurray Tel (780) 750-6888 Barb@backontrackwithbarb.com www.backontrackwithbarb.com

River City Dental Clinic River City Centre Mall, 2nd Floor, Suite 611 Dental Services

Civil Construction & Earthworks

General Dentist

780-791-9797

Proud to serve you in English, French and Spanish!

Fort McMurray Dental Centre Dr. Viet Tran B.Sc., D.M.D., P.C. 12 - 700 Signal Road, Fort McMurray Tel (780) 791-5538 Fax (780) 737-8112 fmdental@hotmail.ca www.FortMcmurrayDentist.com 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


SYNCRUDE SPORT & WELLNESS CENTRE

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Community Centres

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 www.sawridgefortmcmurray.com

to BOOK your meetings, events & holiday parties Nicole DuPerry, Facility Event Coordinator 780-792-2693 nicole.duperry@keyano.ca 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

Carrie Williams Photography 185 Burns Place, Fort McMurray Tel (780) 881-4821 cwphoto@telus.net www.carriewilliamsphotography.com Virginia Frank Photography Tel (780) 792-9623 info@virginiafrank.ca www.virginiafrank.ca

Drop Dead Darlings River Pointe Shops 15-36 Riedel Street, Fort McMurray Tel (780) 748-1040 info@dropdeaddarlings.com dropdeaddarlings.com

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Peter Pond Mall 9713 Hardin Street, Fort McMurray Tel (780) 791-4044 www.peterpondmall.com West Edmonton Mall 1755-8882 170 Street, Edmonton, AB T5T 4J2 Toll Free 1-800-661-8890 tourism@wem.ca wem.ca Yvonne Lauren Boutique 6-122 Millennium Drive, Fort McMurray Tel (780) 743-4552 Fax (780) 715-2335 yvonnelauren@shaw.ca

Pet Care

mail@kylegetty.com 780-370-4100

Fort McMurray's trendiest women's clothing boutique. New items released weekly! From cute and casual to a night out on the town, come in and find your unique style.

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.

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Real Estate Agents

Fashion / Retail / Boutiques

Bookkeeping

Photography

Hotels

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

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


If you have an appliance that works but is just collecting dust, bring it in to CHATTERS. We’ll give it a good home at a local women’s organization. If your appliance is broken, we’ll make sure it’s recycled. SEE DETAILS IN-STORE

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CLEARWATER LANDING, 19 Riedel Street STONEYCREEK VILLAGE, 100 Riverstone Ridge


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RETAIL $76.50

CHATTERS

62.00

$

SEBASTIAN SUMMER CARE DUOS Shampoo 250 ml Conditioner 250 ml Available in Drench, Volupt, Penetrait, Light and Trilliance formulas

29

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HEMPZ TOUCH OF SUMMER 235 ml Light & Medium Skin Tones.

HEMPZ BODY MOISTURIZERS 500 ml Choose from Seven Varieties.

HEALTHY SEXY HAIR SOY RENEWAL BEACH SPRAY 150 ml

RETAIL $18.96

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