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

Oct
01
2014
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I WAS INNOCENTLY WALKING THROUGH the Suncor Community Leisure Centre when Sheila and Kallie Chartrand yelled out, grabbing my attention. They were volunteering at a table selling what looked to be a children’s book of some kind. That moment was my first introduction to the Schobrine and a story of…
Jul
26
2014
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We All Gather At The River I swore I would never be one of those guys. You know the ones I mean, the fishermen who are nestled in their lawn chairs, rods firmly planted in holders, doing pretty much nothing except for keeping their eyes on the tips, waiting for…
Jul
26
2014
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Published in Arts & Culture
“I HAVE A SOFT SPOT IN MY HEART FOR THIS place,” said Janice O’Leary as we drove by the construction site for Jubilee Plaza, at the corner of Hardin and Main, the location for many future festivals and activities in the heart of our city centre.
May
29
2014
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From The Hometown Opening to The Real Deal SLOUCHED OVER, PLAYING THE ROLE OF Grandpa George, I joined a group of characters on stage left to witness Mayor Blake cut the ribbon on the new airport terminal, the setting for the enormously successful Keyano Theatre Company production of Hometown…The Musical!…
Mar
27
2014
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Going for Green I find it next to impossible to keep on top of the recycling in our house. The box in the study always seems to be overflowing with cardboard, junk mail, and little bits and pieces of paper. The blue plastic bin in the back porch, earmarked for…
Jan
24
2014
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An Epic Les Mis Adventure is Underway! There is a trembling off in the distance, a vibration that has been getting stronger since Keyano Theatre Company (KTC) announced it was going to produce Les Misérables as part of its 2013-2014 TELUS 4-Play Drama Series.
Nov
25
2013
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City Centre: It's All About Choice Fort McMurray is in the midst of a transformation of its urban core, at a scale and pace that is off the charts in terms of what is normal for cities of a similar size.
Aug
22
2013
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Perspective is everything When we look back on the floods of 2013, what happened in Wood Buffalo will probably be viewed as a prelude, a small sampling of what was to hit communities like Canmore, High River, and Calgary just nine days later. The rapid rise of the Hangingstone River…
Aug
22
2013
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Published in Arts & Culture
How does Keyano Theatre Company top a season that included Hometown…The Musical!, a show that continues to be praised for the way it inspired an unparalleled love of place and participation levels that had never been seen before? One way is to program one of the biggest musical productions of…
May
20
2013
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The Power of An Open Door The front door of our office area was pretty much closed all the time as there was this security device that started to beep annoyingly if it was open for longer than 20 seconds. The only exception to that rule was when it was…
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