“Truly the best thing about Fort McMurray is that even though so many of us have come here from other parts of Canada and the world, Fort McMurray is home.”
We can thank Carol Anne Meehan for Megan’s presence in our community. The veteran broadcaster went to a Grade 9 career day at her school, and suddenly Megan knew what she wanted to be. “I thought, ‘Wow, I can study broadcast journalism?’ I didn’t know that.”
Newly graduated, Megan came to YMM 17 years ago and fell in love with the community and her job. After nine years on radio, rising to the news director’s job, Megan finally found her true calling. “I thought broadcast journalism was it, until I got into education.” During the last six years, Megan has been intimately involved in many aspects of community life in Fort McMurray.
As the communications coordinator of Fort McMurray Catholic Schools, Megan has been the voice of the schools and the children. In addition to her work, Megan has volunteered at various times with Communities in Bloom, Santas Anonymous, Teens for Change, and most importantly, as part of the wildfire recovery.
“I’m very proud of my years on the radio here in Fort McMurray, and many of the volunteer efforts. But I think working on the recovery following the fire for Fort McMurray Catholic Schools is my greatest achievement. Watching students come back into their schools September 6th, 2016 knowing the schools had been cleaned, were safe, and we were ready to support our families, is the hardest and most important work I think I’ll ever be part of accomplishing.”
After so many years here, what is the best thing about YMM? “First and foremost, it’s the incredible people in this community. Then there is the beautiful landscape, rivers, and boreal forest. But truly the best thing about Fort McMurray is that even though so many of us have come here from other parts of Canada and the world, Fort McMurray is home.”