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Wednesday September 4, 2013

Doors open at 6:30 pm Starts at 7:30 pm Expand the mind Capture the imagination NORTHERN INSIGHTS is a speaker series designed to bring best selling authors, journalists, educational and entertaining speakers to Fort McMurray.

Appearance includes: audience Q&A & book signing Nexen Field House Suncor Community Leisure Centre MacDonald Island Park

Tickets on sale July 24, 2013 at MacDonald Island Box Office

Volume 3, Issue 5

editor’s note { D O G



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It's my absolute favourite time to be a McMurray Girl - Summer! The days are gloriously long and full of plenty of opportunity to get outside, enjoy and frolic! This includes our pet friends ... and it's clear that they feel the same way. (Hey, we all love a good barbecue!)

Editor, Creative Director Kyla Getty 780-370-4900 Advertising Sales Please direct advertising inquiries to: Publication Rep Lisa Durda 780-714-7100 Thank You to our Contributors...

(In order of appearance) Lisa Radetic, Cherie Walsh, Chef Marco & Chef Billy of Prime Social Kitchen, Mayor Melissa Blake, Jessica Musycsyn, Christina Baker (Dauphinee), Kelli Stewart, Dara-Jane Lake, Katie Eustace, Georgia Nicols, Kimberly Nelson, Cheryl Gartner, Koralee Samaroden, Kathy Van Ryk, Pat Flett, Kiran Malik-Khan, Carolyn Goolsby ...and to all who made this issue possible!

Photography: (In order of appearance) Virginia Frank Photography Photography Courtesy of Sparkling Hill Resort Photography Courtesy of RMWB Forever Young Photography

On the Cover:

For those of you who know me, you probably know Koko and Moka - my toy poodles who are really more like our second and third children! One has completely taken on my husband Kyle's personality, and the other, mine! YES, they are pampered and YES they are spoiled. But the truth is, they give back just as much as they get... maybe even more. We can learn a lot from our pets. They teach us to stop and smell the roses in life. (Or grass... or lamp-posts...) But, no matter how busy or full our lives get, our pets are always there, ready for you to take time out to accept a simple kiss or cuddle-sesh. And, that's what it's really all about! It's important to connect to as many moments of pure joy each day as we can. Our pets are also all about play! With the squeak of a toy, they abandon anything else they may be doing. When playtime is a possibility, nothing is more important and they devote 100% of their being... whether it's running with reckless abandon or a great game of tug-o-war... they are completely in the moment with you. What better time than Summer to embrace this spirit for the pursuit of fun and playfulness? I propose we all take a lesson from these wise yet furry beings. Seize Summer... and seize each small opportunity that the day brings to channel a little bit of joy into your experience!

...and koko & moka

Chatters Fort McMurray's Nicole Kopp with Lilly and Emma McMurray Girl is Published By

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

Photo © Virginia Frank Photography


our story Mission: To ENLIGHTEN, INSPIRE and EMPOWER the women of Fort McMurray!

The first of it’s kind in this city, McMurray Girl is a magazine for the savvy women of Fort McMurray! Shoppers, entrepreneurs, fashionistas and mothers alike – this magazine has something for every woman.


How often does the magazine come out?

A: McMurray Girl now has two publications. Our primary magazine launches new issues onto racks every two months! Upcoming issues: September 2013, November 2013, January 2014, March 2014, May 2014, and July 2014, etc. Our new McMurray Girl Monthly mini publications launch the first day of each month.


How do you decide what content goes in McMurray Girl Magazine?

Like the women of Fort McMurray, this magazine truly is the total package! The vision of creative director and editor Kyla Getty, this magazine is a compilation of a well-rounded mix of articles, interviews, local spotlights and commentaries from real Fort McMurray women. Since it's inception in 2010, McMurray Girl has provided a chic fix to all of the metropolitan McMurray Girls and a guide to all of the preferred shops and services for women. Through spotlights on real local women’s success stories and chances for residents to have their thoughts and recommendations published, this magazine joins a community of women who may otherwise feel isolated in this male-dominated city.

A: Each issue of McMurray Girl has a theme, we like to ensure that the majority of content is well suited for the theme of each particular issue. We are very fortunate to have a wide variety of content ideas in our vibrant community to choose from when choosing our local specific content.

Over the past three years, McMurray Girl has expanded from beyond the pages onto Mix 103.7fm radio's McMurray Matters segments, Shaw TV, many women's events, a VIP Social Club with a shopping card and retail benefits, networking group, and our celebrated, annual Charitable Gala.

A: We currently have magazine racks at the following locations: • MacDonald Island Park • Syncrude Sport and Wellness Centre • Peter Pond Mall *multiple rack locations • Keyano College • Save On Foods april • Earls • Shoppers Drug Mart Downtown • Boston Pizza Timberlea • Boston Pizza Downtown • Chatters Fort McMurray pick up • Chocolates & Candlelight the • Meyers Management Consulting Group monthly mini mag! • Sands Carpet One

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How do I get a copy of McMurray Girl?

A: McMurray Girl is a free publication that can be picked up at different locations around town. It is also available ONLINE at:

Q: Where can I pick up a free magazine copy?


Magazines and Monthly Minis are also found in a variety of Fort McMurray professional offices, salons & restaurants.


How do I advertise in McMurray Girl?

A: Contact McMurray Girl for more advertising info: Lisa Durda - Publication Rep 780-714-7100 6

summer 2013 |

Photo Š / Bairachnyi Dmitry

summer smarts. sun safe kit. A little sun can be great for your mind, spirit... and even body! Everything in moderation! This Summer when you hit the lake, don't get caught unprepared! Put together a sun essentials kit to stash in your car, and let the good times roll.

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Things to Include: A few extra bottles of water, waterproof sunscreen, aloe lotion, moist towelettes, bandaids, an extra pair of sunglasses, a towel, a hat, and an SPF chapstick.

Photo © / Sandra Cunningham / Igor Normann / Andresr

hydration station. On average, we lose about 90 ounces of water daily - even more on especially hot or active days. Not everyone loves to drink water, but staying hydrated during the summer is essential. And, since only water truly hydrates the body, we suggest these tips to make water drinking a no-brainer! • Fill up and drink a full glass of water as soon as you wake up each morning.

pet trip tips. McMurray Girl blogger, Kimberly Nelson shares some travel tips to keep in mind this summer when road-tripping with precious cargo... your pet! What to Remember • Bring treats (quite a few!)

• Throughout the day, never put down an empty glass continually refill with water.

• Bring a few water bottles and a bowl for pit stops as keeping your pet hydrated is crucial.

• Make note to take a water break any time you happen to pass a water cooler.

• Before booking a hotel, ask if they accept pets and what the pet fee per night is.

• Create a hydration station with pre-cut lemons, limes and/or mint to muddle into a refreshing guilt-free mojitostyle drink.

• Bring toys to keep them occupied.

• Let your pet out every pit stop, even if they don’t need a pee break. • Bring 2 leashes and collars, in case you lose one. ...more with Kimberly and her dog, Rolo: P.49

• Drink using a straw! summer 2013 |




this amazing escape for two at Sparkling Hill Resort in British Columbia.


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S P A R K L I N G H I L L R E S O R T , a place like no other with unparalleled beauty and magnificence inside and out - a place to rejuvenate, revitalize and renew. Carved into a granite rock face high on a ridge with sweeping Okanagan Lake and Monashee Mountain views in the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia - is this award winning wellness resort with European-inspired design elegance. The first resort in the world to incorporate Swarovski crystal elements into every aspect of its design with over 3.5M Crystals, over $10M. Guest rooms bask in light and luxury with floor to ceiling glass, and a sliding window wall that opens up to fresh air. Nature saturates the room. Awarded Best New Mountain Spa Resort in the World in 2011 – Senses Wellness Awards, Berlin 2011 and a Fodor’s 100 Hotel 2012 Awards winner.




Join us to celebrate whole body wellness – to relax and rejuvenate at Sparkling Hill Resort. Unlike any other wellness resort in North America, Sparkling Hill’s 5 Crystal experience will surpass your expectations. Surround yourself in beautiful Swarovski Crystals incorporated into every aspect of the design.


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Access to KurSpa (40,000 sq.ft.) and to the 7 uniquely themed steam and sauna rooms, indoor pool complete with underwater music, starry Swarovski crystal sky, hot pool and outdoor infinity pool, Kneipp water therapy, Keiser – equipped fitness studio, Tea and Serenity Relaxation Room.

• Underground Valet Parking • Complimentary Wireless Internet

KurSpa is a whole body, mind and soul

experience - a 40,000 sq. ft. Europeaninspired spa oasis where guests explore a better level of health from walking on the acres of private hiking trails, to dining on organic choices, to experiencing 7 unique aromatherapy steam and sauna rooms, and access to over 100 transformative treatments and therapies. At Sparkling Hill, whole body wellness is not a luxury – it’s a life philosophy.

Terms & Conditions: Prize is based on double occupancy. Subject to availability. Gratuities are not included and are recommended. Prices subject to change without notice. All treatments in KurSpa should be booked at least 2 weeks in advance of arrival. Offer cannot be combined with any other offer. Black-out dates apply. Blackouts are long weekends and Dec 20, 2013 to Jan 3, 2014. Non-transferable. Cannot be redeemed for cash. Not combinable with any other offer. Travel considerations not included. Prize valid until June14th, 2014.






Tired of being cramped inside all winter?

McMurray Girls, it's time to come out of hibernation and hit the trails walking, running, or biking and enjoy the best our city has to offer! Fort McMurray’s Birchwood Trails offer plenty of wide open spaces and places to explore. The way I experience them is with a great group of running gals and I’m here to convince you that you can do it too!



Photo © / Warren Goldswain



I’m probably not the only woman who has never thought of herself as a “runner.” In fact, to this day, I still struggle with feeling like an imposter, and telling myself I’m not a “real runner.” Do you ever feel like you can’t breathe when you run, or like your heart is going to pop out of your chest? So many people tell me running just isn’t enjoyable. I’m going to challenge you and say that if you can’t breathe and feel like you’re going to die (or is that just me?!), you’re running too fast and too hard, too soon. I’m telling you to take it easier on yourself, and get ready to actually enjoy the journey, without needing a bed (or paramedics to revive you) at the end of your run. Not sure how to get started? The great thing about running is it takes almost no equipment and you will feel yourself improve amazingly fast! Here are some tips to help you start running and enjoying the time you are spending on your run: START SHORT: Everyone has to start somewhere – even marathon runners can’t just wake up and run 42 kms without training. Start with short distances like 1, 2 and 3 kilometers and slowly build up to longer distances.

FIND A FRIEND: For me, running is as much (ok, mostly) about the social aspect. Get a few friends out or join a running group so you can support each other through every run. You won’t believe how much more entertaining running is with a great group of guys and gals to enjoy the scenery and catch up on daily activities with. SET A GOAL: We all need a little something to motivate us on those mornings when staying in bed is so tempting. Maybe you want to “run 100 kilometers this summer” or “run 5 kilometers in 40 minutes” (or even 30!) For me, a big motivator is actually signing up for a race. A perfect first race is the 5 kilometer CIBC Run for the Cure, happening this October 6th, 2013 in Fort McMurray and you can already sign up online. After that, consider a 10km, half marathon or even a full marathon! Having something to train for also gives you a great way to celebrate all the progress you’re making. HAVE FUN: Stop to enjoy the view, take silly pictures along the way, and eat gummy bears to refuel. Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in speed or achieving personal bests. And it is great to improve and have goals (see above).But don’t forget that to keep running, you have to enjoy it so having fun needs to be the most important thing! Before you start running (or any new exercise), you should always check with a doctor. And believe me – I know it was a long, cold winter that involved the indoors, a lot of Real Housewives of wherever and delicious Bailey’s/coffee combos to survive. Getting off the couch is hard. But there is no better time than today, and especially summers in Fort McMurray to take advantage of the fresh air, beautiful sights and long nights. If you see anyone (or our running group) out on the trails this summer, throw up a wave and enjoy the sunshine on your face and the incredible feeling of getting healthy and active in the Birchwood Trails.

by Lisa Radetic

START SLOW: You will love interval training because it means you can take walking breaks (*insert sigh of relief here*). Intervals mean you run for a certain period of time, and then walk to rest in-between runs. 30 seconds will never have felt so long when you first start running and your 2 minute walks will fly by, but soon, you will be running for 2, 5, and even 10 minutes straight as your body adapts.

GET DIGITALLY DELIGHTED: An easy way to start running is by downloading an app like “Couch to 5km.” You can also find many training programs on the internet to help you build up and train at the right pace. For some people, having the right music is important – download the Black Eyed Peas and Rihanna to rock out to on the road.

summer 2013 |


By Cherie Walsh

C H E R I E O N T H E N A K E D TA N : The Naked Tan is a rapid spray tan for the modern person on the go! It smells heavenly! Best of all, the products contain no parabens or alcohol, is non-sticky, streak-free, fades evenly, and develops into a bronze tan in just two to four hours. B E F O R E Y O U R TA N : • Exfoliate your body, especially your elbows. This helps the tan spread and develop evenly. • Make sure to shave or wax at least 12 hrs before your scheduled appointment. • •

Arrive for your appointment with no makeup, deodorant or moisturizers (At MUSE, we offer before care services including shower station.) Wear dark, loose fitting clothing. Cotton fabric is best. Complimentary disposable underwear, shower cap & Naked Soles are supplied for your appointment.

A F T E R Y O U R TA N : • Avoid getting wet during the development time. •

Wash off your Spray Tan 2 - 4 hrs after application. Naked Tan Organic Cleanser works great!

• Prolong your tan by avoiding long soaks in baths and chlorinated hot tubs. •

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Naked Tan's Body Care & Self Tanning product line can all be found at: Muse Professional Makeup Artistry & Design 780.607.1778 Call for a Free Colour Consultation. Photo © / SvetlanaFedoseyeva

tanning sunless 101

Summer is here and McMurray Girls are ready to slip into our stylish sundresses, short-shorts and beach-ready bikinis. Are you looking to kick start your summer glow? Consider a sunless tanning transformation!


tanning tips Go organic with a sunless, airbrush spray tan and avoid harmful UV Rays, irreparable damage to the collagen of your skin, wrinkles, sunspots and even skin cancer. Sunless tanning expert Cherie Walsh of MUSE Makeup Artistry shares tips on how YOU can achieve the perfect, Naked Tan.

The menu at


Prime Social

Photo Š / stockcreations / Stephanie Frey

is a delicious collection of creations by two seasoned Chefs – Marco & Billy. Each Chef is known for his perfected culinary style. This provides for the perfect blend of ying and yang in the Prime kitchen! Marco and Billy share their mastered grilling tips for those of you with meat on the menu this summer!


What is the biggest mistake that a barbecuer can make? Chef Billy: Most people do not let the BBQ preheat enough! You have to preheat your BBQ to the proper grilling temperature otherwise, you will be pulling and ripping your food off the grill.


What are your three tips for grilling meat to perfection? Ingredients: 1/4 cup minced onions 2 T olive oil 2 T water 3 crushed garlic cloves 1 T apple cider vinegar 1 T tomato paste 1 1/2 T liquid smoke 1 T dry mustard 1/2 T cayenne 2 cups of ketchup 1/2 a cup brown sugar fresh ground pepper and worchestershire sauce to taste Blend onion and water into a puree. Heat to med fire. Add olive oil, simmer until lightly brown then add all other ingredients until blended.


BBQ basics

Chef Billy: 1. Before you put your steak on the grill, bring it to room temperature first by allowing it to sit on the counter or out of the cooler. 2. Don't play with your steak while grilling! You should only have to flip a steak once. 3. This to me, is the most important step: allow your steak to rest once it has been pulled off the grill.


What should we keep in mind when selecting a steak? Chef Billy: First, go to a butcher. Do not buy it vacuum packed or wrapped in some sort of packaging at the grocery store. You want a butcher who loves his meat just as much as you do! Next, pay close attention to the marbling in your steak (marbling is the distribution of collagen or fat in your beef), the more the better. Last, your steak should be a vibrant red in colour (not purple) and firm to the touch.


What is a unique idea that home barbecuers should try? Chef Marco: Try a baked alaska on the grill. Chef Billy: Convert your home BBQ into a home smoker. That changes everything! It is so simple, too. All you really need is to create a pouch with wet and dry wood chips in it (could be apple, hickory or cherry wood). Put it on one side of the grill (with the heat on) and your meat on the other side (with the heat off) ...and smoke away!

summer 2013 |





WOMEN’S MINI CONFERENCE was designed enlighten, inspire and empower women by exploring the brilliant facets of the life of a Fort McMurray Woman. Come ‘backstage’, where through a series of 3 forward-thinking presentations we’ll explore new techniques & ideas for the workplace and home. We’ll focus on issues pertinent to life in Fort McMurray - including balance, organization, support networks, goal-setting, planning and potential. To top it off, we’ll have some fun with our fashionforward breakout Style Showcase!






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Please arrive 15 minutes prior for check-in.


1:00 - 1:45 pm

Session #1 Interactive Presentation

1:45 -2:15pm

Session #2 Breakout Session

Demo: Style Showcase Breakout

in the foyer. Mix ‘n Mingle, beverage

station, silent-auction boutiques.

2:15 - 3:00pm

Session #3 Workshop Session

W O M E N ' S



tickets on sale now to August 15


CHANDELIER RECEPTION The ‘Chandelier’ Welcome Reception is open – complete with a crystal


and chandelier-adorned setting! This reception features welcome drinks, soft, instrumental music and appetizers. Powder girls circulate offering makeup touches, guests are

The evening’s gala transports you into the exciting world behind the cameras of a LIVE, A-list affair. A transformed venue becomes the set of the filming of our unique evening TALKSHOW to enlighten, inspire & empower. This unique experience creates an opportunity for women to step out, red-carpet-ready, right here in Fort McMurray!

free to mingle, pose for a pre-show photo-op and shop in our celeb worthy Silent Auction Boutiques.

THE TALKSHOW It’s Showtime! The evening’s festivities begin as our stage crew announces “Places!” and our ‘Director’ calls “Action!” We begin the official welcome to: The TALKSHOW. Our evening talk show hosts are introduced along with each of our three guests who represent the past, present and future McMurray

We shine a spotlight on the inspiring women of our region, facilitate new friendships, provide laughs and fill the entire room with palpable, positive energy!

Girl, and share their unique perspective and enlightening insight for McMurray women.

MCMURRAY GIRL AWARDS Presentation begins for our 2nd annual presentation of the McMurray Girl Awards. See next page for more details.





It's the 2nd annual presentation of the McMurray Girl Awards. We honor publicly nominated McMurray Girls of distinction with 4 fabulous trophies! The top three women in each category will be given a free event ticket (with guest). She'll also be featured in the event program, and eligible to win! Winners selected by committee vote. Nomination forms are available at: Nominate a special woman!




CHOICE. awardCATEGORIES ENLIGHTEN award SHE is a teacher, leader or mentor who has shared her knowledge and ideas. She flourishes through connecting with others locally, enlightening those she touches. She's is a woman whose vision has been embraced by others and improved our community! She shines bright like a diamond! Presented By: Peter Pond Mall





INSPIRE award SHE is inspired with a creativity that in turn, inspires others. She thinks differently and puts her bright ideas to work within our community. She connects with others locally. She contributes by using her ingenuity to bring new ideas to life!

EMPOWER award SHE is driven and goal-oriented. She leads by example. She has harnessed her own woman-power to do something fantastic, cause change, and bring forth improvement to herself or the community. She may have achieved a unique goal or accomplishment in 2013. This girl is on fire!


SHE embraces life in Fort McMurray to the fullest.

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Her positivity is contagious! Her story needs to be shared. The McMurray Girl of the Year is someone who epitomizes our mantra – to Enlighten, Inspire and Empower others!

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In this shoot, REAL McMurray Girls embrace summer fresh styles from Drop Dead Darlings Boutique. Be fabulous, even on the go. Be yourself! Because REAL life is...

Photo Š Virginia Frank Photography




ABOVE: CHATTERS FORT MCMURRAY'S, Nicole Kopp takes Emma and Lilly

for a stroll in Eagle Ridge. Nicole is wearing two of Drop Dead Darling's newest event-ready Summer 2013 Collection dresses. See Nicole on our cover!

Photos Š Virginia Frank Photography





PHOTOGRAPHY, Virginia Frank Photography

ABOVE: MCMURRAY GIRL MODEL, Hannah Colbourne takes Magazine Rep, Lisa's Boxer and Pug-Boston cross down the trail. (Or do they take her?!) Hannah rocks a casual-cool summer look in a flouncy sundress and (RIGHT) ombre shorts and blouse.

FASHIONS, Drop Dead Darlings Boutique MAKEUP ARTIST, Tita Cool - Cool Makeup

MODELS, Hannah Colbourne, Nicole Kopp


What kind of services do we offer? Along with a spa service menu from pedicures to massage, Mosaic Spa & Laser offers you a full Medi-Spa service menu that includes: SUITE 108 19 RIEDEL STREET, FORT MCMURRAY, AB, T9H 5P8 TEL (780) 715-7147 INFO@MOSAICSPAANDLASER.COM WWW.MOSAICSPAANDLASER.COM

Buy 3 ‘Accent Your Body’ treatments and get one free through May and June

Laser Hair Removal, Laser Tattoo Removal Skin Tightening Cellulite Treatments Laser Skin Resurfacing IPL/Skin Rejuvenation ( for sun damage, rosacea and improved tone & texture) Dermasound, Hydra & Clinical facials Chemical Peels Botox and Juvederm Filler HCG Diet *Exclusive Spa Packages available for each holiday throughout the year

Mayor Melissa Blake enjoying a beautiful, Summer day in Fort McMurray's Borealis Park .

Photo Š Virginia Frank Photography

message from Mayor Melissa Blake Isn’t it great to be enjoying these long, warm summer days? For a few weeks it felt like Old Man Winter just wasn’t going to go on vacation this year, but eventually spring sent him packing and promptly handed the keys of the season over to summer! While each season in Wood Buffalo has its own set of memorable characteristics, I have always had a soft spot in my heart for the beautiful days of summer. Not only is there more daylight for being out and about with family and friends, but many of our community organizations host events at this time. That means there’s an abundance of fantastic activities to participate in. Events Wood Buffalo will be busy presenting Canada Rocks, InterPLAY and one of my favourite summer events, the Canada Day Parade. I love looking out into the crowds who have gathered for the parade and seeing how multi-cultural our community is. The world is arriving in Wood Buffalo and weaving a beautiful mosaic of vibrancy and diversity in this region. Beginning with our First Nations and Métis heritage, we have a rich cultural history and it’s wonderful to celebrate this July 1st! Summer also provides a great time to share the outdoors with your pet. Whether you’re into visiting the off-leash dog park by St. Gabriel’s School in Thickwood or lounging in the backyard with your cat on a warm summer’s evening, I hope the summer of 2013 brings many fond memories with your favourite feline, premier pooch, and any other type of pet that you hold dear to your heart… pet rocks included, of course! Enjoy celebrating our pets with this edition of McMurray Girl and I wish all of you a safe and enjoyable summer!

Sincerely, Melissa Blake, Mayor

see&do Birchwood Trails


Walk, run or bike along more than 120 kilometres of maintained trails in Fort McMurray, known as the Birchwood Trails. Also located on the Birchwood Trail System is the Outdoor Green Gym; it features 14 stations with over 50 pieces of equipment built to last outdoors. Each piece is designed to use your own body weight as resistance and each comes outfitted with safety features. Air walkers, ellipticals, spinners, leg presses and hand bikes are just a few of the many different types of equipment found at these stations. The equipment is part of the Municipality’s commitment to improving health and wellness in the region.

One of the region’s most popular annual events, InterPLAY is the festival everyone has waited all winter for. From August 2-11, 2013, the City Centre area of Fort McMurray will be filled with visual and performing arts including street performers, comedians, actors, musicians and artists of all sorts. Visit for more information on dates and activities as well as other fun things Events Wood Buffalo has planned for the region this summer.

For more information and a trail map visit

Showcase Wood Buffalo Website The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is proud to launch the Showcase Wood Buffalo website,, where you can take pictures of all the great things in our community and show them off to the rest of the world! Whether it’s a picture of your kids on the beach at Gregoire Lake Provincial Park, ice fishing in Fort Chipewyan, quad biking in Conklin, the dog park in Fort McMurray, or staring at the Northern Lights from your back deck in Saprae Creek, we want to see your favourite pictures of our community. The site is open to anyone who has ever lived, worked, or visited Fort McMurray and its surrounding communities. Anyone can submit their own pictures to the site; each photo will be reviewed before being posted online to make sure they are acceptable for a public site. We ask that the photos are your own, are of places within Wood Buffalo, and that the Municipality may use the photos for promotional purposes such as Facebook, Twitter and our various publications including Big Spirit. Check out

Children having a blast at the 2012 Everybody's Birthday Party event.

Photo courtesy of the RMWB

it's everybody's

Birthday Party!

It’s time to celebrate! The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is taking the dreaded birthday party planning off of your to-do list! Say goodbye to blowing up dozens of balloons, baking the perfect cake and creating a guest list - the RMWB Recreation and Culture Department are planning the ultimate birthday party experience; and everyone’s invited! All members of the community, young and old, are invited to attend the RMWB’s Everybody’s Birthday Party event at no cost! The party is scheduled to take place this summer on July 20th, location and time to be determined. “This is the fourth Everybody’s Birthday Party event since Recreation Programmer Summer Students dreamt up the concept in 2010,” Says Echo Schmidek, Recreation Coordinator for the Community Services Department of the RMWB. “I’ve watched this event grow over the years, bringing members of the community together. Everyone has the opportunity to celebrate not only their own birthday, but their friends’ and family members’ birthdays too!” Last summer, 600 guests attended Everybody’s Birthday Party held at Borealis Park. The 2012 event featured a carnival theme with tons of activities for all ages! Staff are tight-lipped in regards to details, but the theme for this year’s fourth annual Everybody’s Birthday Party has been released; Under the Sea! “I think it’s safe to expect this event to continue to grow, as it’s been well-received in the past by the community, as well as suitable for all types of age groups and cultures,” says Schmidek.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON EVERYBODY’S BIRTHDAY PARTY AND OTHER RMWB PROGRAMS AND EVENTS HAPPENING THIS SUMMER, check out the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo - Recreation and Culture Programs page on Facebook, or email Echo Schmidek at: | by Jessica Musycsyn


Be fit

for life. By Christina Baker (Dauphinee)

You don’t have to do it alone! There are many health benefits to having a furry friend along for the journey. Not only do they improve our social and emotional well-being, but they can also help increase our level physical fitness. Common misconceptions of getting a “good” workout are that you have to train hard enough to become exhausted and sweaty. Yes, vigorous workouts are important – but you can get all the same health benefits from the simple act of walking. Having a pet that needs exercise increases our motivation to get ourselves moving – after all, they are depending on us. Walking is one of the best forms of physical activity because it is low impact, weight-bearing, (to improve bone density) and can burn upwards of 300 calories an hour – meaning it can also assist with weight loss, as well as reduce stress and improve health. Studies have found that regular walking can cut the risk of developing type two diabetes in half.


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The Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines for adults recommends 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous intensity activities per week. This can be done in bouts of 10 minutes or more. This means if you walk your furry friend for 20-30 minutes each day at a brisk pace (think walking in a hurry) you will be meeting the Canadian Guidelines for physical activity. And this is no small feat! Currently, only about 5 per cent Canadian adults are meeting these guidelines. On average, a 30 minute brisk walk will burn approximately 130 calories. To put this in perspective, this means that in 30 minutes you could burn off the same amount of calories you would consume if you chose to stay home and consume a glass of wine. However, before you hit the pavement – it is always important to keep safety in mind when exercising outside - both for you and your pet. Proper equipment (good walking shoes and appropriate clothing) as well as keeping yourself and your pet hydrated will ensure you both get the maximum benefits from walking.

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Be Fit for Life Centres are located in nine colleges and universities across Alberta. We provide community and workplace programming for active living. At school, work, and home or in your community we will assist you in developing a program or finding an activity that fits your needs. Our vision is for Albertans to live active, healthy lifestyles.

When the temperature starts to rise outside it is essential to drink lots of fluids to regulate the temperature inside our bodies. Water keeps us cool and can also help to prevent the symptoms of dehydration, which can be dangerous and even fatal. This is also true for animals because they cannot cool themselves off by sweating like humans – thus making water extremely important. Did you know that thirst is not an effective warning sign for needing to hydrate? By the time you feel the desire for a drink you have already begun the path to dehydration, so it is vital to drink, and drink often, before you allow yourself to feel “thirsty.” What about sports drinks? These are marketed as drinks that replace energy, minerals and fluids loss during exercise. They have a specific combination of water, carbohydrates, electrolytes and flavouring that help your muscles recover and sustain exercise. That being said, they are 90-96 per cent water. In most cases, plain water along with proper nutrition will quench your thirst and keep your muscles moving, saving you the extra calories found in sport drinks. Sport drinks are only recommended when you are performing at least 60 minutes of intense activity or exercising in extreme heat. If you don’t have that little pal to motivate you, try taking the 10,000 step challenge! One of the programs the Keyano College Be Fit For Life Centre runs is called Be Fit Keyano, which is a wellness initiative that gets students and staff focusing on their health and wellness. Over the summer, we are doing a Walk to Wellness challenge. We are challenging our students and staff to get 10,000 steps in 5 out of 7 days of the week. If you want to see a similar challenge coordinated in your workplace – let us know – we are here to help!

Christina Baker (Dauphinee), BPE Be Fit For Life Coordinator Keyano College Sport & Wellness Phone: (780) 791-8916

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BALLET INSTRUCTOR & DANCE SUPERVISOR A FEW DANCE CAREER HIGHLIGHTS •Taught Advanced Tap in Detroit, Michigan at the age of 12. •Graduated from the Dance program at Ryerson University. •Member of the Society of Russian Ballet. •Member of the British Association of Dance. (Just to name a few!)

DANCE BEGINNINGS I've had tap shoes on my feet since I was two! GREATEST MOMENT: Dancing my whole life has given me so many opportunities and amazing memories, but it would have to be auditioning and getting into my dream school in New York, and living and dancing there. The starving artist's dream and loving every minute of it!

EXCITED ABOUT: The Festival Team, Christmas Show, community events, upcoming examinations and preparation for the 2014 show!

EXCITED ABOUT: The explosion of TAP! I'm really looking forward to our tap program!! Shuffle hop flap ballchange! (It's a tap thing). Photo © Virginia Frank Photography

LOVING FORT MCMURRAY: The growth, energy and possibilities are limitless. If you can dream it, it can happen here.

A look inside a dance teacher’s class is like a look inside a dance teacher’s heart.

mi Dance Academy Whether your little one is 30 months old - or it's YOU who is interested in putting on a pair of dance shoes, the Mi Dance Academy has a range of classes for dancers of all ages! The Mi Dance Academy is comprised of three fully certified dance instruction professionals who share a love for teaching and a passion for dance. You may recognize Katie Eustace, who joined the Mi Team after formerly owning Fort McMurray's 'Elevation Dance'. After being approached by Mac Island about bringing dance to the facility, she taught alone for a year - but the community's desire for an expanded dance program was clear. In September of 2012, the program was rebranded and re-launched with the arrival of two new world-class dance instructors: Dara-Jane Lake, Dance Supervisor along with Kelli Stewart who spent time studying dance in New York. All three teachers are accredited by international dance examination bodies, making up a dream team who are able to offer a wide variety of classes such as: Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Salsa Babies and Salsa Tots.

Katie Eustace FULL TIME, FULLY QUALIFIED AND CERTIFIED DANCE INSTRUCTOR DANCE BACKGROUND: I started dancing when I was 2, started assisting at 13, and was given my first class to teach by myself at 15. BEST MOMENT: When my student finally gets that one move they have been working so hard on! FAVE ROUTINE THIS YEAR: "Newsies" performed by my jazz 3 students! I saw the musical on Broadway and was so excited to create my own version and share the story with my students!

dance facts What fees can parents expect for dance classes? Our fee structure is based on time. Fees start at $42.50 per month for a 30 minute class, which includes the year-end recital costume.

What is the age range for students? 30 months (by September 14, 2013) to adult.

Where can readers get more info? Visit our website: Like us on facebook: MacDonald Island Dance Academy Email: Twitter: Phone: 780-791-0070 ext.5092

For adults with the itch to get movin', six-week Adult Hip Hop dance sessions are offered, with the strong possibility of adding Adult Tap classes to their offerings, as well. The regular dance season runs for 40 weeks from September to early June. Students are taught the essentials of dance in a warm, friendly classroom setting. Children over the age of seven can be prepared for examinations with the Society of Russian Ballet, Royal Academy of Dance and Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. The year culminates in an on-stage performance. Throughout the year, students are given the opportunity to participate in workshops and travel to other cities to attend conventions. September 2013 will see the addition of a Festival Team that will perform in our community at various events and will travel to competitions in nearby cities. The future of dance in Wood Buffalo is exciting, and at the Mi Dance Academy, there are no limits to where your tap, jazz or ballet shoes can take you!


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by Jove, is my love

luck changing? By Georgia Nicols

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Jupiter (also called Jove) is the planet of good fortune, expansion, wisdom and joy. It is now changing signs, which means we all have different luck in love, money and success. Read on to see how your “Love Luck” is changing!


Aries Because your world is expanding on the home front, this is where you might encounter new love. A friend of the family? And for some – a rekindled marriage! New love for you will probably come with property (mortgage free, one hopes). Someone with a condo, a house or dare we say acreage? (We did.) Definitely attend family weddings and reunions.

Virgo Your increased popularity will probably put you in contact with someone in a class, a club or a professional association. You might also be introduced to your new love through a friend because it appears that new romance comes to you "in a crowd." Groups that are charity based will be another source. (Volunteer to get signatures for a petition.)

Gemini Dear Gemini, you’re laughing all the way to the bank because romance this summer will benefit you financially. Your new love might buy you gifts or introduce you to a richer lifestyle. (Obviously, your main squeeze might be loaded.) Alternatively, you might meet new love where you work or where you spend money on something luxurious. Ka-ching!

Libra You will attract people who admire your professional success. The word career is based on the old French word carriere, which means highway, so professional success is not necessarily about earning money – it's your path in life. Perhaps you are a successful parent. Whatever it is that you do well – this is the arena where your new love awaits.

Cancer Your year ahead is especially fortunate. Your increased self-confidence and poise will attract many people to you. Take your pick. Quite likely, this person might come from a different background or another country because somehow, they will expand your world perhaps even through travel. This person will also make you laugh.

Scorpio In the coming year, you will encounter romance through travel, higher education or exploring opportunities in medicine, the law, publishing and the media. Likely, this new person will come from another culture, a different background or a foreign country. You might even travel together. One thing is certain – new love will expand your world!

Leo Many of you are flamboyant and few realize how serious you are. This year you will attract philosophical people who share your interest in spiritual matters or mysticism. This is perfect because you are exploring your inner world at a deeper level. Meditation retreats, yoga classes and self-help lectures could introduce you to someone special.

Sagittarius Your big clue about new love will be that this person benefits you. They will give you gifts or money, or introduce you to new opportunities, or let you use something they own. That's because the wealth and resources of your romantic partner will bring you good fortune. They might also be totally sexually irresistible. (What a combo!)

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Taurus New love might come into your life through an introduction from a sibling, neighbour or everyday contact. Establish a regular routine so you create a trap line (ha!) that overlaps with someone else's. You might meet someone in a bookstore or at a magazine rack because “conversation” and shared communications are the key. You could make a cozy Internet connection.

Capricorn You have the best chance to meet a new partner and get married, that you’ve had in over a decade. Those already in partnerships will feel their relationship is revitalized in a joyful way, because you feel enriched by your partner – perhaps literally. (Yeah, diamonds and cash.) Remember: For a relationship to be successful you must be as good for your partner as he or she is for you. Aquarius Your job scene is where your good luck shines! You might meet romance at work or connected with your work. You might also meet someone doing something to promote your good health. (These two areas are linked in astrology.) Dress your best when going to the doctor. Who knows who will be in the waiting room? Ta da!

Pisces You are finally giving yourself permission to kick up your heels and have fun, including vacations. Expect dazzling romance, love affairs and exciting, social escapades. Buy sexy clothes, especially shoes. (When you're in the right shoes, you feel hot.) Meet new faces at resorts, hotels, theatres, sports events and in any way related to your kids.

Georgia Nicols's wisdom and wit have made her a popular international astrologer whose horoscopes & columns appear in many publications, nationally and internationally – from Elle Canada to the China Daily (Beijing). She makes regular TV appearances and radio appearances and has a popular website with more than a million annual readers. She is a monthly guest on Global TV, appearing the last Sunday of every month. Why did this one-time movie and theatre critic choose this field? "To help people get a better handle on their lives - plus I find astrology absolutely fascinating!"


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What makes Rolo special? There are many things that I think make Rolo special and I don't just say that because I'm his owner. He is a licensed pet therapy dog, where he can visit patients in hospitals, students in schools and residents of the Rotary House. I’m very proud of him for completing the whole process and look forward to visiting all those places a lot more. Another thing that makes Rolo special is that he has Epilepsy. Before we got him, I didn’t know animals could have it. But, after many days of research, I learned so much. I am now a member of a group that tries to help other rescue owners cope with all the challenges and difficulties for caring for a pet with epilepsy. I made him the poster boy for my rescue pet blog. I love telling his story; he came from rags to riches you could say; being a stray to becoming a recognized dog in the community. I’m also known not just as Kim, but as Rolo's “Mom”; that's pretty cool.

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McMurray Girl Kimberly Nelson is a proud 'rescue mom'. She lives by the saying "Life's too short to be anything but busy." This is evident through her advocation of pet adoption, support of the Fort McMurray SPCA, and volunteer work with Rolo as a Licensed Pet Therapy Dog at the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre. She shares a unique bond with Rolo and calls his journey since his adoption a 'Rags to Riches' story.


How did you become involved with the Fort McMurray SPCA? I'm proud to say that I was recently appointed as a board member for the FMSPCA, but I have always been a big supporter of pet adoption. You could find me attending events, visiting the shelter, walking dogs and dropping off donated bottles at the shelter. My involvement with the FMSPCA got kicked into overdrive when we adopted Rolo. I started volunteering at events, this was followed by donation and prize recruitment from local individuals and businesses for FMSPCA fundraisers. Last year, I did something I’ve never done before... I took part in the Miss Wood Buffalo Pageant, which allowed me to become an ambassador for the FMSPCA. I won the title of “Miss Big Spirit” and only lost my category by half a point! Through the pageant, I was also able to raise $3500 for the FMSPCA.

Tell us about Rolo's work at the hospital... how did you get involved? We saw a post on the FMSPCA page about the PAWS (pets and wellness society) program. I contacted 4paws Training and took the CGN test (Canadian good neighbour test). We passed! Next up was the weekend-long Pet Therapy Course, followed by a Situation Test where we had to act as if we were at the hospital, being marked on how we responded to different scenarios. We passed, again! Next up, were 3 practicum visits held at the hospital and rotary house. A member of the PAWS Team went with us and watched how we interacted with everyone. We passed, becoming an official PAWS team!

Kim & Rolo are a

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What are your favourite resources for pet owners here in Fort McMurray?

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I have a few that I adore. For food, treats and accessories we visit Bone & Biscuit. Kathy, the owner, is amazing and so are the members of her staff. For veterinary needs, we go to Dr. Clinch at the Wood Buffalo Small Animal Hospital. The Doctors and staff always take the time to explain what’s going on with your pet and ensure that you understand. For local events, I always go to the FMSPCA website or Facebook Page.

Kim's blog

What are three 'must-haves' as a pet owner? 1) TIME – is the most important thing you can give your animal. If you don’t have time for one, don’t get one. 2) PATIENCE – is needed, especially with a puppy or a new animal. It takes time, effort and a routine to get an animal comfortable in its new environment. 3) KNOWLEDGE – is crucial before getting a pet. Do research as to how much they really cost. You would be surprised with how many people are surprised with animal upkeep; vaccinations, food, treats, and boarding if you go out of town, etc.

What fuels your passion for helping animals?: Ever since my first dog, Sparky (who was also a rescue dog), I have come to know the joy, laughter and love that a pet can bring. My love for animals is a big reason why I started my blog. The FMSPCA adoption of Rolo has motivated me to share my experiences. I can’t always help the FMSPCA out with money, but I know that in this day and age, social media and internet marketing can allow me to reach out to many with the same interests as I have. So the Confessions of a Rescue Mom blog was born!

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As an avid pet lover and furbaby supporter, it really gets my hackles up when I hear people say things like 'Animals are in shelters because they didn’t make good pets!' and, 'Animals from shelters are dangerous or they have something wrong with them’. These are pawsitively not true! People seem to hold pets to a higher standard than they do with people. Do they like other dogs? Are they fully trained? Are they hypo-allergenic? I am not sure about you, but I have not been a fan of every person that I have ever met! Furthermore some people I have come across make huge messes and shed their hair everywhere! My family and I have had shelter pets for over 20 years and have deeply valued that time with our adopted family members. Everyone I have spoken with since I have been a pet owner, who has had both a pet from a shelter and from either a pet store or a breeder, made the remark that the pet from the shelter turned out to be the best pet they have ever had! Additionally many shelter pets receive training and socialization before adoption to help make the transition into their new family easier. SPCA and Humane Societies put a great amount of effort into learning as much as they can about the animals they receive. I love reading the personality profiles listed on kennels and shelter websites, which the staff and volunteers have taken the care and dedication to discover. Even more than 1/3 of the Purina SUPERDOGS are originally from shelters and rescues! Just in case you have been thinking of finding a new best friend, the Fort McMurray SPCA is located in Gregoire. You can help give a shelter animal their furrytail ending! The FMSPCA is a non-kill shelter, so any toy and rawhide donations, monetary gifts or even coming up and socializing with the animals are all purrfect examples of how you can help an animal in need!



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Owner of 4 Paws Training, Koralee Samaroden shares her top 3 tips for pet owners.

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Koralee Samaroden Company: 4 Paws Training Services offered: Pet Training and Pet Sitting. Obedience, Agility, Tricks, Canine Good Neighbour, Puppy Kindergarten Kitten Kindergarten – Coming Soon In Home Small Breed Dog Sitting

Be sure to research having a pet. Do you have the time? Do you have the resources? Do you have the right environment (house/apartment; kids or a baby on the way)? Pets cost money & time and they need training. Before you get that cute little puppy or kitten, do the research and make sure it is the right decision for you and the new member of your family.

Socialization is very important to start at a young age. They learn a great deal within the first 4 months of age (from bite inhibition to greeting strangers). They are little sponges wanting information and it is important to give them lots of positive reinforcement. Socialization with people of all ages, sizes, genders etc is also very important. We offer Puppy Kindergarten to assist owners of new puppies to learn how to train their dogs using positive reinforcement methods and get started on the right “paw”. We are researching kitten kindergarten and hope to be offering a class soon.

Patience, Practice, Persistence and Praise is my catch phrase. Have patience with your pet and be persistent/consistent in your expectations of the behaviours you want. Look at every day as a practice session for something and praise your pet with positive reinforcement. For each class you take with 4 Paws training, we provide information sheets on everything you have learned in the class. We are here to assist you.

Loves working with animals because: It is just been something that has always been a part of my life. I grew up in fort McMurray and my family had a petting zoo in our back yard. Lots of Memories. Koralee's Pets include: Ember Capri (8yrs old Border Collie); Karma Delphi (4 yrs old Border collie); Rizzo Mara (6 month old mix breed)



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a. Rogz Lighthouse An easy-throw toy with high visibility. Your pup will love how this one floats!


b. Kong Wubba Rough 'n tough squeak toy with reinforced fabric and stitching.


c. Good Cuz Hard rubber, squeaky, bouncy ball comes in a number of sizes. Fun to chase and chew!

McMurray Girl tours The Bone & Biscuit Co. located in Thickwood. Owner, Kathy Van Ryk shares with us some of her most popular items for pets this Summer!


d. Dog Rocks An all natural mineral product to eliminate lawn burn caused by pet pee! Simply place the stones in your pet's water dish. e. Canine Friendly First Aid with organized supplies and instructions for the camping pet on the go. f. Tropiclean Fresh Breath Made Easy Oral care water additive for clean teeth, fresh breath, with no brushing! g. I Heart Pet Head Delicious smelling products such as Fur Ball Strawberry Yogurt Detangling Spray, Yummy Orange Tearless Shampoo, and 'Poof!', Magical Deodorizing Spray.




h. Legacy Pet Foods Natural, raw pet food made with hormone-free, antibiotic-free, humangrade meat mixed with a blend of fruit and vegetables. Raw food can help with bloat management, fewer ear infections, cleaner teeth, smaller volume of stool, and overall increased vitality.

A day at the spa is great for the mind, body and soul, so why shouldn't your pet get the same royal treatment? At The Bone & Biscuit Co. in Thickwood, you'll find a range of pet pampering services at 'The sPAW', using all natural shampoos and grooming products. Only the best possible care for your pet! Dogs large and small - from tea cup Yorkies to St Bernards are all welcome! Cat grooming services are also available, once a month.

i. Bosco And Roxy's Yogrrrz Frozen yogurt pops to help your pet chill out in the summer heat. Try flavours like strawberry, peanut butter, peanut butter banana and vanilla!



sPAW groomers specialize in specific breed cuts such as West Highland and Scottish Terriers, Poodles, Cocker Spaniels, Schnauzers, scissoring and many more. If all you need is a quick 'manipedi', walk-in nail trims are available for any size of dog or cat - with no appointment required. h.


If you're looking for something extra, the sPAW offers hair feathers, hair dye in an assortment of colors, nail painting and anal glands by special request.

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Homemade Pet Treats

Get inspired to do something good for your furry friend by making these DIY pet treats with easy, healthful ingredients!

Ingredients 1 Cup Tuna in water for kitties, or 1 Cup Canned Chicken for dogs 2 tablespoons Catnip for kitties, or 2 tablespoons Parsley for dogs 1 Egg, slightly beaten 2 cups Whole Wheat Flour

Directions 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. 2. Thoroughly mix ingredients together in a bowl. 3. Knead mixture into ball and roll to 1/4 inch thick atop a floured piece of parchment paper. Transfer to an ungreased baking sheet.

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4. Use a knife or pizza cutter to score the dough horizontally and then vertically. Do not cut completely through. 5. Place on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 13 minutes.

Cool and break into pieces. Keep refrigerated.

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Summer Loving.


A Picnic in the Park

We all have those days where cooking just isn’t in the books. Rather than sitting in a restaurant, missing out on a warm evening, why not grab take-out from your favorite spot and hit a park! Borealis Park, to name one, offers the perfect setting for a date! Enjoy lunch on a picnic table overlooking the snye, there’s even a water park in the case you’re no longer a duo and have little ones to entertain! Get inspired for a picnic date by purchasing a picnic kit equipped with plastic dishes, utensils and a table cloth next time you’re out!


Practice your Golf Swing

Amateur or professional, a good date is guaranteed when you’re on a beautiful golf course. We’re lucky to have two 18-hole golf courses in Fort McMurray; Miskanaw at MacDonald Island Park and Fort McMurray Golf Club in Thickwood. Whether hitting balls at the driving range, playing 9 or 18 holes, or sticking to the patio, a golf course is a promising starting point for a date.

Freshly mowed grass, flowers in bloom, barbecues and patios! It’s summer in Fort McMurray, and that means prime date season!


Everyone wants to feel at their best in a tank-top and short-shorts. Incorporate exercise into your next date by spending time in the breath-taking Birchwood Trails. The 120+ kilometers of trails are accessible by most neighborhoods in Fort McMurray. You can even bring your furry family member along when stepping out for a date in the trails. For more information on the trails nearest you, visit



Under the Northern Lights

If you’re new to Fort McMurray, the Northern Lights are something you want to keep a look-out for! We don’t always have the luxury of going out for a date night on the town, but this doesn’t mean you can’t sneak out to your back patio or balcony; you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights! Add to your night underneath the Northern Lights with some home-made sangria. Numerous sangria recipes can be found online, as well as mocktail recipes for those under 18 years of age.


Our region offers so much to do and see this time of year. Don’t feel like you missed out when the snowflakes start to fall, capitalize on the long summer days by soaking up the sun with your sweetheart!

Walk, Run or Bike in the Birchwood Trails

Fun on the Beach

It’s true we may not be privileged to the ocean, here in Northern Alberta, but the Athabasca River and Gregoire Lake are beautiful and accessible to all Fort McMurrayites! Boating, tubing, water skiing and swimming are just a few activities awaiting you! Although a beach makes a great setting for a date, it’s always fun to bring along friends for a game of beach volleyball! These are only five date options you have as a Fort McMurrayite this summer. Tell us about your favorite Fort McMurray summer dates on the McMurray Girl Magazine Facebook Page!

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SWEET ESCAPE spa salon boutique

Owner Heather Blundell says that in creating the spa, she aimed to offer a beautiful ambience along with high-end product lines and services. “All of our staff are fully certified, meaning estheticians have a full esthetics diploma with a minimum of 1100 hours. You can be rest assured you are in excellent qualified hands. Our massage department ranges from RMT's as well as MT's.”

summer 2013 |


We are ‘on the go’, working together to provide you with a full-service real estate experience – whether you are looking to buy or sell.





Heather Gartner

Tom O’Hara




Angie O’Hara


Associate Broker/Owner


102-122 Millennium Drive Fort McMurray, AB T9K 2S8

Along with massages, the spa offers a lineup of luxurious treatments sure to pamper any McMurray Girl with the highest standards. Enjoy a soothing manicure or pedicure in the gorgeous nail room, offering 5 exquisite pedicure chairs and 4 manicure tables with views of the outdoors. The spa boasts 6 treatment rooms where you can choose from a full menu of scrubs, facials, waxing, eyelash extensions and spray tanning. In addition, the VIP hair lounge offers full salon services. Detox and renew while enjoying the Sweet Escape Far-Infrared Sauna. Whether you’re craving some ‘me’ time, couples time or curious about hosting an event – Sweet Escape is willing to accommodate! With a beautiful couples room, the team is equipped to lavish you and your loved one with luxurious facials or massages for two! Browse from the available couples packages on the spa’s generous menu of services.

If you’re wanting to throw a glamorously memorable party or stagette, Sweet Escape accommodates up to 20 spa guests and offers complete halfday spa rentals, as well as Girly Glam parties for young girls… the options are endless!

Photos © Virginia Frank Photography

Along with being committed to providing a first-class experience, Sweet Escape fills their boutique with exclusive spa product lines such as the organic, ‘Eminence’ skincare line from Hungary, Italy’s ‘Comfort Zone’, Kevin Murphy and Lakme Hair products, Foot Logix and the vegan, ‘Spa Ritual’ line for hand, foot and nail care. All of the products used and sold throughout the spa have been carefully hand-picked. So what treatments does owner, Heather Blundell recommend most? “The Chrono Reverser Collagen facial and Botox Like facial are among the favourites. You will notice a plumping and lifting as well as a smoothing effect. The Hydramemory is also very popular as most of us experience such dryness in Fort McMurray. It offers an abundance of hydration to all skin types. We also offer some wonderful cellulite treatment packages along with detox packages that are used in conjunction with our Infrared sauna.”

Along with being committed to providing a first-class experience, Sweet Escape fills their boutique with exclusive spa product lines.

If all of the services listed have you craving a spa day asap, but you can’t decide where to start, consider becoming a Spa Member! Sweet Escape offers memberships for a monthly fee which includes your choice of 4 services, discounts, sauna and salon time! For more information on products, services and membership details, call 780.750.7147 summer 2013 |


PAT FLETT: Aboriginal Relations Specialist, Shell Canada PAT'S INSPIRATIONS: My grandmother Isabel McKay, grandfather Noel McKay and father Howard Wylie. My grandmother always worked hard to develop things to make life better. She and my grandfather gave land to build a community hall in Fort Chipewyan where the Nunee Health Office is located. They also formed a community association. They were both instrumental in developing the Cremetchip Co-operative Store and my grandmother developed the Native Handicraft Association. They were hands-on community development coordinators who created things to provide people with more choice. They were natural harvesters, who grew huge gardens and shared whatever they could. My father believed that everyone should be treated fairly and with respect – that your word was something of great value. He taught us that working hard was the best way to a good life. He grew gardens, built things, and believed that homemade was best. He taught us skills and independence – and to stand up for the 'little guy'. He taught me at a very early age that all people needed was to eat, sleep, work and play – no matter where they come from, what colour they were or what title they had. That alone has motivated me towards challenges and amazing opportunities to make a difference. HOW IS SUCCESS DISPLAYED IN YOUR LIFE? When I can make a difference with another person, my family, a community or a place of work, I feel successful. I am happiest when I stand up for what I believe in - where ever I am. My success and investment is displayed in-full with my children and grandchildren. Being a parent is the most important career possible! HOW DID YOU CHOOSE YOUR CAREER PATH? When I was young I wanted to help people and to be part of creating good. I believe that everyday matters! Over the course of my career I have been a Store Clerk, Bookkeeper, Mother, Probation Officer, Sunday School Teacher, Employment Counselor, Justice of the Peace, Town Councillor and Chairperson, Layreader, Employment Manager, Human Resource Manager, Life Skills Facilitator, Program Developer, Socio-Economic Coordinator, Community Development Coordinator and Aboriginal Relations Specialist. These are the titles I have held, while doing work that I feel really mattered. HOW DO YOU GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY? I believe you can make a difference every day, wherever you are! I enjoy teaching and facilitating personal and community development as well as creating, building and developing programs. I believe that building capacity is the way to develop communities that are going to be sustainable. I create, build and enhance programs and services. I enjoy networking and connecting people with the same principles and values. I plan to continue learning and paying it forward!

Aboriginal Relations Specialist, Shell Canada

Photo © Virginia Frank Photography


NorthWord Fort McMurray's Literary Magazine | by Kiran Malik-Khan

Fort McMurray's literary magazine Call it a coincidence that just happened maybe for McMurray Girl. At the time of this writing, NorthWord, Fort McMurray’s first and only literary magazine is entirely run by women. Co-founders Suzanne McGladdery, Jane Jacques, and Kiran Malik-Khan (that’s me) are the President, Managing Editor, and Media Directors respectively, while Cathy Yard is the Treasurer. Together, along with a handful of volunteers, they form the Northern Canada Collective Society for Writers, founded five years ago - a local group that has the mandate to publish and support the works of writers in northern Canada. Little known fact: many co-founders pitched in personal funds to publish the first magazine.

Two issues are published each year; the ninth one just came out early this June. Themes are picked by guest editors, who then blindly judge submissions. Issue #9 sported a theme of Change picked by Dawn Booth, also the general manager/editor of Snap Wood Buffalo newspaper. Suzanne McGladdery, group President says NorthWord’s evolution is a true embodiment of the spirit of Wood Buffalo. “We started with an idea and got together on a whim. Today the publication is an established institution,” explains Suzanne, who has been in Fort McMurray for 42 years, and is the Heavy Equipment Admissions Advisor for Keyano College. Jane Jacques, Managing Editor, agrees. An English instructor for Keyano, Jane has been a 25-year resident of Fort McMurray. She says it’s exciting to see the amount of literary talent in the region. “The strong response from local writers, particularly women has been great. All submissions are judged blindly – your name is taken off, so you don’t have to be nervous about submitting your pieces,” shares Jane. She says NorthWord has given her the opportunity to contribute to the community. “I’m excited with every new issue – how the contributions come together from theme to the final product.” Guest editor for Issue #9, Dawn Booth highly recommends becoming a guest editor to everyone. “It is not time-consuming.. I strongly encourage others to become a guest editor for NorthWord. For me, it wasn't life changing. It was life reflecting. I thought I knew what to expect - that I would choose the theme and casually pick my favourites. But it wasn't that easy. I felt beside myself with excitement, joy... even anger, while reading the submissions. I really escaped into the realm of people's words through the process. And the end result, I feel is a great collaboration of change,” explains Dawn. Issue #9 will be officially launched on Saturday, September 28 in conjunction with Alberta Culture Days at Holy Trinity High School. NorthWord will lead the official spoken word portion of the festivities.


The group is now calling for Issue #10 submissions. The theme is Chiaroscuro: Shades of Black and White to be guest edited by local writer Nathan Berube. Short stories or excerpts from current projects, fiction or non-fiction (3000 words maximum), verse of maximum 50 lines, along with anything surprising and original can be submitted to the editors at

Photo L-R: Suzanne McGladdery, President, NorthWord, Cathy Yard, Treasurer, Dawn Booth, Issue #9 guest editor and Jane Jacques, Managing Editor are the ladies of NorthWord. Media Director Kiran Malik-Khan is missing because she wrote the article. :)

NorthWord is free and available at the Keyano College Bookstore, Keyano Reception (front desk) Sunshine Café by Mitchell’s in the Syncrude Sport & Wellness Centre, Frames and More, and the Thickwood YMCA. Like us on Facebook: and follow us on Twitter: @NorthWordYMM.

between the

covers at your public library

| by Carolyn Goolsby


We all love our pets, and do everything we can to keep them healthy and happy. From “what does that color on their scales mean?” to “WHAT was that cat thinking? (And do I really want to know?)” your Library is a great source of information on pet care! Here are a few of our favorites from

Cesar's Rules: Your Way to Train a Well-Behaved Dog – Cesar Millan with Melissa Jo Peltier Practical advice, anecdotes, tips, and troubleshooting techniques from Cesar and his colleagues, makes this book a must-read for dog owners, from puppy to senior. It's never too late to teach an old dog new tricks!

Dr. Pitcairn's New Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats – Richard H. Pitcairn In this book, the Pitcairns show dog and cat owners how to best care for your cat or dog with everything from handling emergencies to specific instructions for prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of illnesses. The "Quick Reference" section, makes this guide easy to use.

The Natural Cat: The Comprehensive Guide to Optimum Care – Anitra Frazier and Norma Eckroate Keep your cat happy and healthy! This guide includes useful info for grooming, neutering and spaying, common health problems, elder cat care, behavioral problems, and emotional bonding.

Learning Their Language: Intuitive Communication with Animals and Nature – Marta Williams Have you ever felt a strong connection to an animal? Marta Williams, Animal communicator, believes these connections are the basis of communicating with animals... and that through her step-by-step approach, we all can learn the “language” of animals in order to communicate with them ourselves.

101 Facts About Tropical Fish – Sarah Williams The 101 Facts about Pets series of books guides you through animal facts including: history, sensory development, temperaments, and care. In 101 Facts About Tropical Fish, you'll find pictures and text explaining: aquarium decoration, choosing fish that get along together, introducing new fish to the tank, feeding, and more!

50 Really Exotic Pets: A Fur-and-Feather-Free Guide to the Most Lovable Tarantulas, Tortoises, Snakes, Frogs, Lizards, and Other Creatures – David Manning Exotic pet owners and those considering becoming one – consider this a one-stop guide to caring for lizards, snakes, frogs, newts, spiders, and insects. Within the pages, you'll learn about care, requirements, handling, breeding, photo and more for each of 50 different species.


This new club is not just for housewives - and not just for networking... it’s for everyone! We are serious about having fun, trying new things and c urray! embracing Fort MM This is THE it Club for any woman living in Fort McMurray

I love being a part of the McMurray Girl Social Club. The events are unique and always have a fun twist. I've met so many amazing and fun women at the events. The best part is knowing that everyone is there to have fun! Even though we had never met before, it's like a bunch of girlfriends getting together for a good time.

who wants to keep her finger on the pulse! With an exclusive club membership card, women have the opportunity to become a VIP


in our city. This is a society that any woman



can empower herself to be part of. Our annual members will be granted access to 6 Glam Member Launch Events, experience new things in our city, meet friendly and fabulous


women, and enjoy McMurray Girl Exclusive Member

Benefits and Discounts at local shops, boutiques and on services, too!

Virginia poses for a paparazzi photo at our

Chatters After-Hours Beauty Lounge Event. Photo © Forever Young Photography

new R E T A I L E R S new!

Become a member in time for our next event!


*Not to be combined with any other offer Must Present Member Card and ID at Time Of Purchase.

1-8802 Franklin Ave. by Kozy Korner



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BRIDAL & FORMAL WEAR *Not to be combined with any other offer Must Present Member Card and ID at Time Of Purchase. 780.750.7700

vipDiscounts: member-only

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Chatters Fort McMurray 19 Riedel Street 780-743-2105

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To All Huskies Team Games.

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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 (780) 750-9772

official social club event photographer

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10021 Biggs Ave. (780) 791-1454


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9908 Penhorwood St. (780) 791-7792

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

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9914 Morrison Street (780) 748-0793

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

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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

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


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

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530 MacKenzie Boulevard (780) 799-7430

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

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8316 Manning Ave. 780-743-8211

4 Haineault Street 780.743.0578

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

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*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




*Excludes Boudoir Photography. Not to be combined with any other offer. Must Present Member Card & ID at Session 780-742-9784

Dental Services Photography Civil Construction & Earthworks

Event Planning & Rentals

Advertising Inquiries? Email us:


Party and Wedding Essentials By Chateau Frost Inc. 1-8802 Franklin Ave, Fort McMurray Tel (780) 790-1102 Fax (780) 790-1172

The Bouchier Group Tel (780) 790-1682


Virginia Frank Photography Tel (780) 792-9623




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

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

Beauty Salons / Spas / Laser Treatments / Personal Care

at-a-glance directory guide

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

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. Mosaic Spa and Laser Suite 108 19 Riedel Street Fort McMurray Tel (780) 715-7147

Nick Ashtyn Salon and Spa Upper Floor, River City Centre Fort McMurray Tel (780) 791-1144

Soft n’ Silky Day Spa Organics & Botanicals 175 Atkinson Lane, Abasand Heights Fort McMurray Tel (780) 838-2433 Book online: Organic Facials, Facial Peels, Massage, Gel Nails, Pedi Parties, Gift Certificates Good for your skin.. Good for the planet Sweet Escape Salon and Spa 111-8530 Manning Ave Fort McMurray Tel (780) 750-7147

Pet Care

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

Fantasyland Hotel at West Edmonton Mall 17700-87 Avenue NW Edmonton Toll Free 1-800-RESERVE Sawridge Inn and Conference Centre 530 MacKenzie Blvd, Fort McMurray Tel (780) 791-7900 Toll Free 1-800-729-7343 Fax (780) 743-4654


Restaurants Hotels

Prime Social Kitchen 435 Gregoire Drive Fort McMurray Tel (780) 743-2400

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

Home Party / Direct Sales

9919 Biggs Avenue Fort McMurray AB T9H 1S2

Melanie Galea Real Estate Agent

780.715.4621 Each Office Independently Owned & Operated

Fashion / Retail / Boutiques

Real Estate Agents

Here to help you and I care

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! Peter Pond Mall 9713 Hardin Street Fort McMurray Tel (780) 791-4044 The Children's Place Opening July 29th – Main Floor, Peter Pond Mall 9713 Hardin Street Fort McMurray 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

West Edmonton Mall 1755-8882 170 Street Edmonton Toll Free 1-800-661-8890


Photos © Virginia Frank Photography

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Mcmurray Girl Summer 2013  

Celebrate all that McMurray has to offer to women and their families this summer. Special insert PetLOVE section inside!

Mcmurray Girl Summer 2013  

Celebrate all that McMurray has to offer to women and their families this summer. Special insert PetLOVE section inside!