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Profession: Community Branch Manager, Servus Credit Union
Age: 47 • Years in Wood Buffalo: 11

Building lasting partnerships, creating world class brands, helping make history, and creating dreams for our youth.

Eleven years ago, Paul McWilliams, now 47, made the 5,000 km journey cross-country to Fort McMurray from Fredericton, New Brunswick, with his wife, Jody, and two sons, Brandon and Ryan.

Paul and Jody immediately fell in love with Fort McMurray and knew that this was where they wanted to raise their family.

As Servus Credit Union’s Community Branch Manager, Paul leads a team of highly talented and motivated financial services professionals who are dedicated to enhancing the lives of those they serve, as well as the community of Wood Buffalo.

Over the past 20+ years, Paul has built professional and personal relationships that have enabled him to fundraise more than $15-million for both non-profit, and for-profit organizations, supporting young athletes, women’s shelters, homeless shelters, health & wellness programs, community food banks, and community events.

Paul has also played an integral part in many history-making events in Wood Buffalo, including the first ever outdoor junior hockey game played in North America, the “Northern Classic”, to the Battle of Alberta...the first professional baseball game played in Fort McMurray. He also had a part in Fort McMurray’s largest outdoor concert.

In this free time, Paul enjoys spending time with his family, and watching the Blue Jays and Montreal Canadiens. Spending his days doing what he loves with great people, then returning home at night to what he considers the most amazing, supportive, caring and giving family a person could ever hope to have, Paul considers himself the luckiest guy in the world.

Paul’s commitment to our community, whether through fundraising, events, kids in sports, and all of his other efforts, is what has secured his position as one of YMM’s Top 50 Under 50.

IN HIS OWN WORDS: “Volunteering is a great way to become involved in the community. You become part of the solution, demonstrate community commitment, gain community contacts and support a cause you feel strongly about.”