RUSSELL THOMAS

RUSSELL THOMAS

A little about RUSSELL THOMAS

Russell is a 19 year resident of Wood Buffalo, a community builder, facilitator, social media practitioner, actor, director and artist. He began his Middle Age Bulge blog as a way of capturing his journey to wellness. It has morphed into a daily journal about all aspects of life in the north. Russell works with The United Way of Fort McMurray and co-owns Birdsong Connections with his wife Heather.

All posts by RUSSELL THOMAS

Jul
28
2017
Volume
5-5
Published in Regulars
One of the young leaders stepping up to be a champion of recovery in our community is Chantal Beaver.  In addition to being Executive Director of The Hub Family Resource Centre and sitting on a number of boards, she is also Chair of the Social Recovery Task Force and the…
Jul
28
2017
Volume
5-5
Published in Features
In a way, very similar to how firefighters have a natural aversion to being described as heroes, teachers, and school administrators bristle at the suggestion that they go above and beyond.  The six individuals that I interviewed were very uncomfortable with shining any light on their extraordinary efforts and abilities. …
May
23
2017
Volume
5-4
Published in Regulars
One of the bonafide sports icons in Fort McMurray is Sandy Bowman.  Owner of Bowman’s Tae Kwon Do, an accomplished athlete, and an inductee in the Wood Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame (2012), Sandy has coached and influenced several generations of athletes.  In a recent interview on the IMPACT radio…
Mar
20
2017
Volume
5-3
Published in Regulars
Each week I get to sit down for 30 minutes with leaders, volunteers and frontline life changers in the community.  The only difference with these visits is that they are done live on the radio thanks to airtime provided by KAOS 91.1.  I had been talking with Rick Kirschner (Executive…
Mar
20
2017
Volume
5-3
Published in Features
It is hard to believe that The Redpoll Centre at Shell Place will soon be two years old.  It seems like yesterday that we frantically put all the pieces together and got our occupancy permit.  That was June 1, 2015.
Jan
27
2017
Volume
5-2
Published in Regulars
I can think of so many individual stories of people who came to Fort McMurray on one career trajectory and found themselves moving in a completely different and surprising direction.  I’m a good example of this anomaly;  I came north 20 years ago as the natural next step in my…
Nov
27
2016
Volume
5-1
Published in Regulars
I have had several dozen guests on our IMPACT radio show on KAOS 91.1 since we began the program in February.  Among them have been social profit leaders, volunteers, and front-line life changers.  More recently, I was joined by Adem Campbell, a grade 7 teacher at Father Mercredi Community High…
Sep
30
2016
Volume
4-5
Published in Regulars
I could not have predicted my reaction to coming back home to Fort McMurray after four weeks of being evacuated.  All of my attention was on opening the door to our downtown house and seeing the state of things.  I couldn’t think beyond that, as I felt I needed to…
Sep
30
2016
Volume
4-5
Published in Features
Three months ago, unbelievably hot and dry conditions created a perfect fire storm in Fort McMurray and led to the evacuation of the entire city.  While there are similarities, everyone’s perspective of what happened during those harrowing hours is completely unique.  Stories have been told and retold.  In fact, each…
Jul
14
2016
2016
WILDFIRE
Published in We Will Rebuild
May 3rd started like most other days. Agencies were hard at work in The Redpoll Centre, and United Way staff were scattered about doing a variety of different tasks.  I was out of the office much of that morning, as I had hosted Stephen Bryant from Centre of Hope on…
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