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Jeff - Profession: Management
Age: 48 • Years in Wood Buffalo: 4.5

Maxine - Profession: Business Owner
Age: 47 • Years in Wood Buffalo: 2.5

Power couple status: Jeff Peddle & Maxine Willocks have been named one of YMM’s Power Couples because of their commitment to our community, as highlighted by their nomination by the Canadian Red Cross for the Train of Heroes following reentry after the wildfire, and the recognition they received from Fort McKay for their contributions during the evacuation.

48-year-old Jeff Peddle has called Fort McMurray home more than four years, and brought with him many accomplishments.

Named the 2009 Business Person Volunteer of the Year, he has also won three international awards from Rotary International, he was a 2016 Rocky Mountaineer Train for Heroes recipient, he brought crime-free multifamily housing to Wood Buffalo, and started a reading program for school kids, donating more than $200,000 worth of books. Jeff also runs Eviction Speciality Services & Property Management 101, where he specializes in helping landlords and property managers bring closure to bad tenants, and treat every rental as a business in all legal aspects with training videos.

Jeff is passionate about Fort McMurray, and the people he has met here, and includes the opportunities among his favourite things about living in Wood Buffalo.

Maxine Willocks, 47, moved to Wood Buffalo more than two years ago. As owner of Chez Max, she brought her love of health and wellness, and the principals she gained running a successful health and wellness business in Jamaica, to Fort McMurray.

Maxine’s hard work has paid off, and Chez Max has is the number one Fort McMurray restaurant on Trip Advisor. She enjoys the multicultural aspect of the community, and considers working with driven and talented peers from all over the world her favourite thing about living in Wood Buffalo.

When not hard at work, Maxine enjoys yoga, hitting the gym, and cooking.

IN JEFF'S OWN WORDS: “I live by these two sentiments: ‘Always treat people the way you want to be treated’, and, ‘People will only do what you allow them to do.’”

IN MAXINE'S OWN WORDS: “If it was easy, everyone would be doing it!”