PHOTOGRAPHY BY Brandon Cooper
When one thinks of jobs in the oil sands, there are some that typically spring to mind immediately – engineer, millwright, heavy equipment operator, and more. But there is a group of men and women working in the oil sands that you do not typically think of, who are there each and every day and night, working around the clock to ensure everyone returns home safely at the end of the shift – emergency services.
Essentially, all of the major oil sands operators have their own fire departments right on site with crews that are fully staffed and trained to respond to emergency situations of all kinds. They have all of the same equipment you would find at a typical fire hall, including fire trucks, pumps, ladders, and ambulances.
PHOTOMAGIC FOTO SOURCE
Dan Sorensen said it best when it comes to offering you a reason to shop local – “we’re here to help you tomorrow.”
They’ll be here tomorrow. Certainly. Shopping local is not a fad. It’s supporting the local economy, and helping local businesses thrive.
Owned by Sorensen, Photomagic Foto Source has been in our community since 1991. It is located in the River City Centre and is your one-stop for one-hour photo finishing, camera sales/services, on-location photography, a portrait studio, and more.
“You can’t put a dollar figure on it. Keyano has allowed me to be a full-time mom, and even though I work part-time, I feel like I am a full-time teacher thoroughly committed to my students and to my work,” says Pierre, who has three grown children now.
Pierre is a Keyano veteran. She has been with the college for 26 years in one capacity or another and says being a part-time contract instructor has fulfilled her on many levels.
Oil Sands Resume - Getting That Interview
Resumes (and their accompanying cover letter) are important documents—resumes speak volumes about you. They cover your entire professional life and they are one of the key pieces to getting a job interview. How can you effectively capture the true “you” while at the same time not boring a recruiter through 13 pages of previous roles and responsibilities?
Your resume is your first introduction to a recruiter, and as the old saying goes, you only get one chance at a first impression. Building a resume from scratch can be an intimidating prospect, but with the proper care and attention, you can help land that all-important interview with an effective resume.
OPPORTUNITY. OPPORTUNITY BROUGHT MY WIFE AND I to Fort McMurray in early 2006. It was a joint decision for us newly weds to pack up and leave Victoria, B.C., but it was an amazing opportunity for her to advance her career. My wife moved here in January to start her job in the oil sands, and I followed in February. I had no job prospects, but I was happy that Team Youens was moving forward. Looking back, it was the second best decision of my life. We haven’t looked back since.
YMM Editor Krista Balsom sat down with local theatre enthusiast Michael Beamish to find out more about Keyano Theatre’s upcoming large-scale production - “Hometown… The Musical!”
Describe yourself and what you do in less than 50 words.
I am a playwright, director, and actor. I started my career at Keyano College in the VPA program and went on to get my degree at Lethbridge University. I did indie theatre in Edmonton where I wrote and directed my own shows, and I toured at various festivals across Western Canada. I moved to McMurray just over a year ago and have been involved in numerous productions including The 39 Steps, The Farnsworth Invention , Rubbish, and Legion Blues.
When the puck dropped at 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 18th at the Casman Centre, history was made for Keyano College. It was the first official hockey home game for Keyano College in the Alberta College’s Athletic Conference (ACAC). Excitement has been brewing for the start of the season since it was announced in May 2011 that hockey would be joining an already expanding Huskies Athletics program.