What would you like people to say about you when you’re old?
She was kind...and funny. Hilarious, even.
Born in Mississauga, Ontario, Leanne Hawco moved to Fort McMurray when she was six-years-old. For her, being a part of this community is everything.
“This community has provided me and my family the opportunity to live a good life with everything we needed and more,” she shares. “I was never bored. I played sports, volunteered, went to school, and continue to work here.
“The friendships I have developed through these opportunities are invaluable and will last forever.”
Leanne is the Executive Director of the Northeastern Alberta Aboriginal Association, and a devoted mom to her 12-year-old son, Brendan. Her role as ED for NAABA keeps her busy building relationships, providing support to the Indigenous Business economy of the Region and continuing the strong relationship between NAABA Full Members and Industry.
The balance of her career, managing the household, being a full-time parent and hockey mom can be daunting at times but Leanne still tries to find time to contribute to community initiatives where she can.
Some of initiatives she is most proud of would be Volunteer Coordinator for the Syncrude Boreal Open, the 2018 Wood Buffalo Alberta Winter Games, and her work with the team that organized the Mark Messier Golf Tournament and Hockey Camp this past summer.
That sense of giving is something she recognizes within the community. “I believe because Fort McMurray is so giving with opportunity, we have all become givers that support each other through the good times and the bad.”