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Letter From The Editor

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Healthcare and the services that support it is a critical component of any community. Here in Fort McMurray, due to our geographical location, it is especially so. We have dedicated this edition of YMM to focus just about entirely on the “Health of YMM” and a lot of the faces you see around town helping provide the quality health and wellness we all need.

While focusing on health care, it would be impossible to not focus on the hard work of the team at the Northern Lights Health Foundation, who work tirelessly to support and expand services and the quality of them offered at the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre. You can learn all about some of the faces of Health Care in our region on page 15. In addition, we wanted to provide an update on all the physical work being done on the outside of the hospital facility - you can read all about it and check out some images of what the finished product will look like on page 23.

The most special part of this edition however to me is the gorgeous, brave little girl you see on our cover and in the photo above.  Tessa Booth is the daughter of Dawn Booth, a local media legend, who has dedicated so much of her life to positively telling the stories of our region as well as an avid volunteer. The community is rallying behind her daughter now in the fight of her life and Tessa is constantly proving to us all that she is “Tessa Tough”. We are incredibly grateful to Dawn for sharing her story as she battles the beast within her in her fight against a rare form of lung cancer. Read the story on page 35.

As we all strive to work on our health and wellness this time of the year, it’s important to remember our mental health - especially after the intense year we’ve all just had. Take some time out of your day to do what makes you happy and seek out the resources you need to ensure you’re living your best self. For my personal happiness this winter, I auditioned and got a role in the upcoming production of “Footloose” at Keyano Theatre and Arts Centre. If you love watching live theatre (or even if you never have before) I recommend coming out and watching the show - it will get you dancing in your seats, laughing and certainly leaving with a smile on your face. The show opens on February 17th and you can learn more in a piece by Hanna Fridhed on page 62.


Stay warm in these cold winter months and as always, thanks for reading!


Krista Balsom



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