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Kwame Osei

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Kwame Osei

Age: 33

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Why try to fit in if you’re a standout?

Born in Ghana, Kwame Osei moved to Canada at the age of four. He lived in Toronto for 20 years, and has now been living in Fort McMurray for six years

You may recognize him from The Amazing Race Canada, but it’s his impact on the community that really makes him stand out.

As the co-founder of Northern Elite Football, a non-profit organization that mentors youth through football and annual summer camps, Kwame is also on the board for the Fort McMurray Ravens, and has coached football for the Holy Trinity Knights, Fort McMurray Ravens, and Fort McMurray Monarchs. Representing Zone 7, he also coached in the Alberta Summer Games, and is currently a coach on the Alberta Provincial Football team.

“Being a part of this community means the world to me,” says Kwame. “This city is so diverse and loving. People here are supportive beyond expectations.

“You can succeed at anything because of the community support.”

Kwame has felt that support strongly, especially in 2014 - the year Holy Trinity won their first championship.

“It was huge,” he enthuses. “It was the beginning of a huge football legacy.”

When asked what his hope for the future of Fort McMurray is, it’s clear the appreciation that Kwame has for the community. “I hope Fort McMurray will become a place where people look forward to visiting,” he shares. “I want people to see this place the way I see it.”