Keyano College Celebrates Top 50 Under 50 Connections
Keyano College is proud to celebrate its many connections to YMM Magazine’s Top 50 Under 50 list.
People who work, volunteer, and study, as well as those who support the College, have been featured on many occasions, and they all make a difference in our community. What these local superheroes all have in common is their love for our region.
Two of those on this year’s list helping to make Fort McMurray and the region the very best it can be include Keyano Huskies coaches Keegan Kuhr and Dwayne Vigilance.
Keegan began his journey at Keyano as a student-athlete, playing for the Huskies men’s volleyball team for three years, helping them make playoffs and earn a spot at Nationals for the first time in Fort McMurray. He finished his player career with two years at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), winning a provincial championship, and a silver medal at nationals.
He soon returned home to Fort McMurray, and the Huskies, serving as the assistant coach of the Men’s Volleyball team, before taking over the reins in 2014. Under his leadership, the Huskies Men’s Volleyball team has grown into a nationally ranked team, earning a spot at Nationals twice in the last three years, and winning a bronze medal in 2017-2018 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) championship.
Keegans’s team has also performed well provincially under his coaching, winning the north division the last three years, with two silver medals, and one bronze at provincials. Last year, for the first time in the men’s volleyball program history, the Huskies captured the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Championship.
Dwayne is the Head Coach of the women’s basketball team at Keyano College and a High Performance Training Specialist. From Fort McMurray, he formerly attended the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, as well as Malaspina University (now VIU) in Vancouver, BC where he pursued his passion for sport. Prior to joining Keyano College, he was an elite coach and trainer in Australia where he worked with prestigious sports academies and teams.
Last year, Dwayne coached the Women’s basketball team to one of its best seasons ever. The team was 16-8 during the regular season and averaged 61.2 points per game. They hosted the ACAC Championships and fought their way to a silver finish. As a result, for the first time, the team punched their ticket to the CCAA championships.
A well-respected instructor in Keyano’s Heavy Industrial and Trades Department also made this year’s list.
Dawn Ohama, an Electrical Instructor, believes in giving back to her community through volunteer work, including with Careers Next Generation, Young Woman in Trades program. For the past two years she has been mentoring students for provincial competitions and regional electrical skills competitions, working with dual credit electrical program students. She also serves on the provincial technical committee for Skills Canada Alberta.
Dawn works to assist local charitable causes and groups through her electrical contracting business. She is an active community volunteer, including as an executive member of the Thickwood ladies volleyball league, a 4H leader and volunteer, and as a volunteer firefighter in Saprae Creek.
Top 50 Under 50 recipient Brandi Gartner is a more recent arrival to the College and has quickly become a critical part of the College’s Advancement Team as Major Gifts Coordinator.
In her professional experience, Brandi has built relationships with local social profit organizations, industry, government organizations, and the various communities across our region. Her extensive experience in coordinating large community gatherings include those that celebrate our history and traditions such as National Indigenous Peoples Day and Alberta Culture Days.
In her personal time, she enjoys volunteering at community events, balancing her love of the community with culture and athletics.
We’d like to offer our congratulations to all of those on this year’s list - all of whom are extraordinary people. We celebrate their accomplishments, dreams and passion for making this part of the world, Fort McMurray and the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, the very best it can be.
Dwayne Vigilance is a Keyano Huskies Coach, Women’s Basketball.
Dawn Ohama is an Electrical Instructor at Keyano College.
Keegan Kuhr is a Keyano Huskies Coach, Men’s Volleyball.
Brandi Gartner is the Major Gifts Coordinator for Keyano College.