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Profession: Vice Principal, Father Mercredi Community High School
Age: 39 • Years in Wood Buffalo: 17

Closet karaoke champion, 39-year-old Brendan Toner, is one of the vice principals at Father Mercredi Community High School.

Originally from Edmonton, he served in the Canadian Armed Forces as a medic for five years, and has lived in Wood Buffalo for 17 years.

Brendan is a talented teacher, coach and administrator, and has taught every grade level, including Kindergarten through Grade 12 Physical Education, high school Social Studies, and Special Education.

For the past six years Brendan has been a school administrator. During this time he has received a Health and Physical Education Council Award of Distinction. He also works hand-in-hand with Alberta Education, having marked diploma exams and administering them within the school. Brendan has also built and developed Grade seven through 12 Sport Academies for Father Mercredi, serving a quarter of the student population.

Brendan served as Head Coach of Trappers Football from 2001-2009, and has been General Manager every since. He helped grow the Fort McMurray football scene from one team, to an eight team organization...from 30 kids to now over 270.

When reflecting on his favourite things about living in Wood Buffalo, opportunity is what really stands out. Brendan recognizes that the community allows your natural gifts and talents to shine; that quick and plentiful rewards follow the time and energy you invest. As well, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo offers opportunities at the teaching and coaching level that would be difficult to access anywhere else.

Brendan is married to Michelle Toner, the recently named General Manager of the Alberta Winter Games and together have two young children. He enjoys working out and travelling. His sense of humour, patience, and dedication brings the best out in staff and students, and because of the positive impact he’s having on our youth, he is very deserving of his spot of Your McMurray Magazine’s list of Top 50 Under 50.

IN HIS OWN WORDS: “Spend time with the youth of the RMWB. We have so much talent, and gifted students and athletes in this community, who possess skill sets to get them places in life. Work with them to help bring it out, and make our community richer and stronger.”