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Letter From The Editor

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2018 is the year we celebrate our third class of Top 50 Under 50 recipients, and we couldn’t be more excited to share with you the stories of these creative, hard-working, dedicated, and inspirational individuals.

A lot of people ask me how we put together our list of people and it’s not what most people believe. Every year we put a group of volunteer panelists into a room (11 to be exact) from all different networks and ask them to debate and decide the Top 50. It’s not an exact science, and do we always get it 100% correct - no, but what we do end up with is a list of 50 extraordinary people (or teams) to celebrate! Sometimes I wish we could recognize 200 people so the process wouldn’t be as difficult! Good news is that we get to honour a new list next year!

Thank you to those who help make the decisions, and thank you to those who allow us to do it - our program partners, including our presenting partner this year - Hines Health Services, and to the Wood Buffalo Buffalo Brewing Company for hosting this year’s celebration event. If you would like to get involved in the process for 2019, or would like to give a nomination to the selection panel, please email Kerri at

This issue also marks the start of volume seven of Your McMurray Magazine and we’re excited about what the year will bring for our team and most especially our readers! We’re going back to a quarterly direction with four regular editions, as well as two editions of our newest publication led by editor-in-chief Dawn Booth - YMM PARENT. We’ll wrap up the year with two more special features including our annual Food and Entertainment Guide partnership with Fort McMurray Tourism, as well as our always-exciting Holiday Guide next fall. In case you weren’t counting, that’s eight magazines for you - our readers - to help you get the most out of this amazing region we live in. We love telling the stories of the people who live, work and play here and we hope to continue to do that for years to come.

Happy reading and a hearty congratulations from the team at Balsom Communications to the Top 50 under 50 Class of 2018! Keep doing your thing and inspiring us all for even more excellence and passion for our region!


Krista Balsom

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