37 Years Old
Class of 2020
“I love working with the youth in the community as they are the future generation, and helping them to have community and civic pride is so important.”
Not many people can say they have lived in Fort McMurray for more than 25 years, but Arndis Arnold can. She came on her eleventh birthday with her family and years following started one with her now-husband. Together, with their daughter, the three enjoy all that the RMWB has to offer.
“I’ve been here for 26 years and get excited when I feel like I’m truly making a difference and impacting change,” she said. “I love working with the youth in the community as they are the future generation, and helping them to have community and civic pride is so important.”
Arndis has learned the path to success in her career can be winding. Her educational background is in the arts, moving into working in events, and she is currently working in communications as an Engagement Coordinator at the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.
“I was introduced to the theatre as a child because my parents involved themselves in community theatre. I went to university to become a Stage Manager. When my apprenticeship was over, my friend was looking for a production assistant to help with her event business, so I flowed into the events world. From there, I came home to Fort McMurray and started coordinating community events for the RMWB,” she recalled.
To Arndis, success is simple as she said a positive attitude can bring the best results.
“It’s about being happy with the results of your efforts. If this year has taught me anything, it’s that resilience and adaptability are keys to my success and sanity. I love my job and the ability to feel like I’m actually making a difference in the region,” she said.