Girls Inc.of Northern Alberta 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.
Angela Scoble’s philosophy on her community involvement and life is summed up in a quote from Historian Edward Everett Hale “I am only one, I cannot do everything, but I can do something, and I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.” Angela demonstrates this philosophy by her enthusiasm in all she does. She presently sits on the chair of the Fort McMurray Famous Five Committee. The Enbridge Famous Five speaker series was launched in 1996 to honour 5 Albertan women who fought for women’s rights. These women Emily Murphy, Nellie McClung, Henrietta Muir Edwards, Louise McKinney and Irene Parlby are women of inspiration that Angela looks up to. As the chair of this committee Angela spends countless hours researching and reaching out to inspirational women across Canada and asks them to share their experiences with local people. A great deal of effort goes into ensuring that students are given the opportunity to hear these speakers and the interactive program that accompanies the evening allows all participants the opportunity to explore their own potential to inspire and make a difference. Angela is a wonderful team member on this committee.
Angela also is actively involved in other activities that add great value to the quality of life for the region. She is the chair of the Suncor Business Centre United Way campaign and as a team member; the participation rate is a source of pride for her and her team. She recognizes the importance of a strong United Way and goes above and beyond to make the campaign a success.
Angela finds the time to also volunteer with the Canadian Cancer Society, Junior Achievement of Northern Alberta, the Northern Lights Foundation’s Festival of the Trees, the Salvation Army Adopt-A-Family and the Timberlee Public School. All the while she is a strong supporter for the athletic activities of her two sons who are busy with Minor Hockey and Minor Softball Associations. She has filled the role of mom, team manager and head cheerleader.
Dawn arrived in Fort McMurray in 2007 and joined the Fort McMurray Today as the special features editor a few months later. Dawn is a well- respected journalist, president of the Fort McMurray Environment Committee, owner of Media Booth and generally passionate about promoting her community.
Dawn went on to co-found and launches the monthly newspaper snapd Wood Buffalo in 2011. Dawn has become a community champion and loves to highlight Fort McMurray’s diverse population. Dawn was a great help in promoting World Hijab day and was a part of the team that saw 200 women participate in this special event.
Dawn was recognized by the weekly Connect and was named one of their annual Top 40 under 40.
Dawn works for positive change and is very involved in Environment Week activities. Dawn maintains the social media portals to keep the community well informed. Each year since 2009, Dawn initiates the annual Tower Road Clean-up. She does not get discouraged but through perseverance keeps working to promote and maintain the natural beauty of our community.
At an early age Dawn was attracted to the wisdom and knowledge of the Algonquins in Ontario. She learned many of their crafting and hunting skills. She brought this interest with her and travelled to Fort Chipewyan and through meetings with local Metis members, she learned of their history and went on to highlight and share their positive impact on the RMWB.
Angela is a local woman – who along with her five siblings was born and raised in Fort McMurray. Angela earned her journey person trade certificate as a millwright – demonstrating her sense of adventure in entering a male dominated trade. Angela’s passion changed once she had her four children and she decided to pursue a career in human services. Her drive to help others in need lead her to attend training in Indigenous Addictions Counselling offered at Nechi Institute in St. Albert. She excelled and went on to graduate with a Social Work Diploma from Keyano College. She applies valuable cultural teachings and techniques specific to counselling in evaluating needs, developing treatment plans, advocating and counselling in a compassionate manner. Her focus is the indigenous people here in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. Angela believes that people have the ability to overcome adversities given proper encouragement and direction.
Angela has positively impacted aboriginal communities in RMWB through completion in programs concerning Elder Abuse, Cultural Violence and Residential School. She runs workshops in all of these and builds positive relationships with all of her clients.
In her spare time Angela is very involved with her community and volunteers with the homeless count in the region, fundraising for the Nistawyou Friendship Centre, helps with the Salvation Army Christmas initiatives as well as works with the Boys and Girls Club and specifically volunteers with Girl Power and Mega Boys. Last but not least Angela is involved with the local United Way.
Angela’s experience is enhanced through her upbringing, aboriginal heritage, and raising her family in Fort McMurray. She has a life-long interest in learning and in supporting others to help them reach their personal success.
For a complete list of the Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta Women of Inspiration nominees presented by Syncrude, or to nominate a woman who has been an inspiration to you, please visit: www.girlsincofnorthernalberta.org