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Letter From The Editor

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It’s hard to believe that we’re just days away from the Opening Ceremonies of the Western Canada Summer Games. As I write this, just 30 days, but once this issue of YMM hits the stands, we’ll be merely a few short days from all the excitement. As you’re reading this, it could be in the middle of it, or even after it. In that spirit, this issue is dedicated to the Games and all the people involved in making it happen. 

There is a lot that could be said about the Games experience our region is going through. It’s really epic when you stop and think about it. Personally, I’ve been involved with the Games since the original bid the community put in back in 2012 when I worked in communications at MacDonald Island Park. From that very first pep rally in the Nexen Field House, to joining the volunteer committee with so many community leaders, to eventually being hired on staff as the advisor for media and promotions, every moment has been one to cherish. I’m grateful for the opportunity to watch just how much our community pulls together to do something that will mean so much to so many for years to come. There have been so many incredible people I’ve met along the way, and I say thanks to each and every one of you. 

The Western Canada Summer Games represents the largest event held in our region since the Arctic Winter Games in 2004. How to put it all in perspective? Picture this: 3,000 volunteers, 2,500 athletes, 14,000 visitors and residents all coming together. The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo has never looked better and it’s great to see so many capital projects shine, which will leave a lasting legacy.  

I encourage you all to check out all of the great content put together by our team in this issue that celebrates the Game On spirit. And please, don’t sit on the sidelines - grab a ticket, be part of history and get in the Games! 


Krista Balsom


About Our cover

The Western Canada Summer Games 2015 Wood Buffalo hosted it’s official torch relay named “Carry the Spirit presented by Suncor Energy” in the lead-up to the Games. Our cover image is of James Black, a young torch bearer from the community of Fort McKay. James is a great example of the passion and spirit that was exuded during the relay that traveled to all corners of our region.

The original painting is by local artist Russell Thomas, inspired by work of photographer Rupinder Singh. The Games are bringing together sport, culture and community pride and will take place August 7-16, 2015.

For more information about the Games please visit


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