Faces of Fort McMurray, Part 2

Some of the biggest loads in the world travel through Fort McMurray, often at night, and most definitely in the dead of winter when the road is frozen.  But how do these gargantuan modules traverse traffic lights and other obstructions?  Meet Bob Kinley, one of the Faces of Fort McMurray, and a traffic supervisor with the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.

"It's unbelievable to see," share Kinley, reflecting on 16 years of facilitating wide loads through the urban centre. "I've been here 31 years now.  This place has done me well.  This is my home."

Michael Knight is what they call an urban forester, a member of a team that takes care of the towering trees that make Fort McMurray a beautiful city.  "I couldn't have had this opportunity anywhere else, especially at my age right now," said Knight.  "I love it out here.  I don't regret a single choice I've made since leaving Ontario."

I've known Scott Meller for years.  In fact, we acted together in the first play I did in Fort McMurray back in 1996.  He is the manager of Campbell's Music, a talented musician, and a fierce advocate for the arts in our community.

These are just some of the faces of Fort McMurray.  Their stories are all different, but you'll notice a distinct similarity: that they are all grateful to be here.

"A balance future with opportunity for all," it says on the sign as you enter Wood Buffalo.  This is not just a set of nice words, this is reality.

We hope you'll take a few minutes and watch all of these short videos.  These are real people, speaking authentically about life in this northern town.  They will help you understand why we describe ourselves as having a big spirit community.


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