Best People 2024

Your McMurray Magazine’s Best People of YMM 2024!

Best Social Media Personality

Buddy the Elf

Readers’ Choice Runners-up

  • Paige Cyr – The Agency
  • North Central Alberta
  • Brian & Joslynn Wyatt – All In Sports Den
  • Hanna Fridhed – Swamp Rat Experience
  • Lionel – Boston Pizza
  • Melanie Galea – YMM Lights & Discover Fort McMurray

“If you can put just one smile on another’s face, it can make a world of difference. That to me is a gift, and that gift is in everybody.” — Buddy The Elf

Photo of Buddy The Elf by Nicole Maclean Photography

Best in Education

Dan Tulk | Frank Spragins High School

9803 King Street | 780-743-5800

Readers’ Choice Runners-up

  • Sarah Hiscock – Frank Spragins High School
  • Kerri Torkkeli – Heritage Village
  • Margie Wiscombe – Father Beauregard School
  • Meredith Macneill – Our Lady of the Rivers Catholic School
  • Stephanie Jenniex – Dave McNeilly Public School

Best Server

Servers at the Fish Place

412 Thickwood Blvd | 780-791-4040

Readers’ Choice Runners-up

  • Emily Verge – Boston Pizza Downtown
  • Ashley Miller – East Village Pub
  • Heather Feaver – Original Joe’s
  • Kayla Strickland – East Village Pub
  • Sarah Landry – Original Joe’s

Best Chef/Baker

The Newfie Sugar Mama

(780) 881-9678

Readers’ Choice Runners-up

  • Ginger’s Bannock House
  • Evermore Kookie
  • Kayla’s Kitchen
  • Tim – Wild Rose Catering
  • Zsuzsa – Sugarmonkey Bar

Best Bartender

Ayman Hassen | East Village Pub

101-395 Loutit Road | 587-276-2238

Readers’ Choice Runners-up

  • Carrie Yake – Kickin’ Horse / Original Joe’s
  • Dave Boutilier – cocktailsbyboots
  • Katelyn Landry
  • Madison Baker – Boston Pizza
  • Sarah Verge – Boston Pizza

Best Childcare Professional

Kyla | KPSquared

Innovative Childcare 9902 Franklin Ave | (587) 826-2017

Readers’ Choice Runners-up

  • Sheri Bugden Dayhome
  • Ashley – Early Start Learning Centre
  • Angele – Kiddos On the Go
  • Staff at YMCA Eagle Ridge
  • Tanya – Starting Place Preschool

Best Photographer

emily gale photography


Readers’ Choice Runners-up

  • Jenna Buffet Photography
  • Deidra – Three D’s Photography
  • Megan Ewald Photography
  • Nick Vardy – Moccasin Media
  • Nicole Maclean Photography

Best Tattoo Artist

Koop | Follow the Son Tattoo

425 Gregoire Dr. | 780-881-5431

Readers’ Choice Runners-up

  • Christopher Green – Black Diamond Tattoo Club
  • CJ Owen
  • Emma – Tattoos By Em
  • Heather Smith – Skintricate Studios
  • Nicole – Studio 56 Hair and Tattoo

Best Videographer

Thomas Hopkins Photography


Readers’ Choice Runners-up

  • Nick Vardy – Moccasin Media
  • Clarianne – Lace and Confetti Design Studio
  • Matt Salem – Hexwave Media
  • Neville Video Productions
  • Trevor Butler – Wood Buffalo Media Group

Best Sports Coach

Frank Power | Hoop Heroes Inclusive Basketball

Readers’ Choice Runners-up

  • Glenda Higdon – Totalfit Ninja Warrior
  • Bob Niven – Wood Buffalo Minor Lacrosse
  • Ceindra Lyons – Premier Academy Fort McMurray
  • Kierra Pelz – Premier Academy Fort McMurray
  • Phil Paquette – Fort McMurray Minor Baseball

Best Health Care Provider

Juniper Naturopathic Clinic

112 Riverstone Ridge | 780-750-0786

Readers’ Choice Runners-up

  • AHS Addictions & Mental Health Team
  • Czarina Gael – FortMacMD Aesthetics
  • Dr. J Van Heerde – Signal Medical Clinic
  • Dr. Liliana Niewczas – Pinnacle Chiropractic
  • Stephanie Hottentrager – NP North Clinic

Best Beauty Care & Salon Specialist

Darlene Scharf | Makeup Artistry

132 Elmore Dr | 780-880-0133

Readers’ Choice Runners-up

  • Alisha Randall – Be-You-tiful Skin Care
  • Carly Sheaves – Spoiled Rotten Beauty Boutique
  • Lindie McLean – LM Aesthetics Studio
  • Shannon Hines – Hair Affair Salon & Body Studio
  • OMA Beauty and Wellness by Sorina

Best Massage Therapist / Chiropractor / Physiotherapist

Dr. MacNeil | MacNeil Chiropractic & Wellness Center

7901 King St #2112 | 780-743-8422

Readers’ Choice Runners-up

  • Angie – Accel Physical Therapy & Massage
  • Holly Homes RMT
  • Dr. Liliana Niewczas – Pinnacle Chiropractic
  • Meaghan Jarvis – The Twisted Body YMM
  • Yvonne Gilbert – Solluna Collective

Best Animal Groomer

Royal K9 Designs by Meghan

2-414 Thickwood Blvd. | 780-598-3647

Readers’ Choice Runners-up

  • Jamie – Pooteloo’s
  • Alisa Unruh – Uptown Pet Salon
  • Alyssa Alarie – Paws on Peyton
  • Dogs By Emily
  • Jeanine – Dynamite Grooming

Best Pet Care Provider

Dr. Yvonne Stepanov – Wood Buffalo Small Animal Hospital

608 Signal Rd #5 | 780-715-9369

Readers’ Choice Runners-up

  • (TIE) Ann’s Pet Services and k9 Clubhouse
  • Shelby – Walk On the Wild Side
  • Terri Ward – My Pet Puggle
  • WeCare Pet Services

Best Personal Trainer

Judy Dredge | 9Round Fitness

608 Signal Rd #3 | 780-715-7858

Readers’ Choice Runners-up

  • Melissa Shevchenko – Fitgirlsrock
  • Chantelle Christensen – BREATHE MOVE SWEAT
  • Jeff Ingram – Crowbar Fitness
  • Jessica Reykdal – Kallistrare Kinetics
  • Paulette Taylor – Orangetheory Fitness
  • Shailee Martin – Crossfit Crude

“During your life you will find people that have more experience and education than you, but that’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you” — Judy Dredge – 9Round Fitness

Best Yoga Instructor

Matt Clements | Oxygen / The District YMM |

Readers’ Choice Runners-up

  • Alana Nel – Nel Yoga and Training
  • Brandy Hepditch – The District YMM
  • Carly Henry – The District YMM
  • Cassie Anderson – The District YMM
  • Helen Killorn

Best Community Champion

Sandy and Greb

Readers’ Choice Runners-up

  • Darren Olmstead – The Alley YMM
  • Glenda Higdon – Totalfit Ninja Warrior
  • Kristy Stonehouse – Coldwell Banker
  • Melanie Galea – YMM Lights & Discover Fort McMurray
  • Paige Cyr – The Agency North Central Alberta

Best Mechanic

Tim Guitar | Guitar Autoworkz

330 MacKenzie Blvd | 587-452-8129

Readers’ Choice Runners-up

  • Bobby Dawsom – Borealis Automotive
  • Christopher Barbosa
  • Matt Grayson – ACDEN Fleet
  • Matt Nash – NASHional HD Services
  • Norm Sheaves – Acden Fleet/Rebel Auto Works

Best Grocery / Liquor / Retail Employee

Kirsten Stevenson | Thrifty Dutchess

8104 Fraser Ave #13 | 587-276-1286

Readers’ Choice Runners-up

  • Tanner Stenzel – Save-On-Foods Stone Creek
  • Bettyann Reid – Corridor Shops & Events
  • Rene – Fort Mac Liquor
  • Rob Hutton – East Village Liquor
  • Venus – Petro Canada Gregoire

“Thank you, YMM, for trusting me with your retail needs. To all past & future customers – I appreciate you.” —Kirsten Stevenson

Best Sales Person

Jeff Batchelor | Legacy Dodge

324 Gregoire Dr | 780-790-9000

Readers’ Choice Runners-up

  • Roxy Oliver – Michael Hill Jewellers
  • Al Morassut – Watson Gloves
  • Karl Wiscombe – Summit GM
  • Kennedy Russell – Legacy Dodge
  • Zach Sullivan – Hazmasters

What can I say… I LOVE YOU FORT MCMURRAY. I’ve got your back and see that you’ve got mine. Thanks to all my loyal customers for the votes! I appreciate each and everyone. I’d like to share this award with my entire team at Legacy Dodge. We are the rising stock and improving everyday! —Jeff Batchelor Legacy Dodge

Best Financial Professional

Jason Vargo | Simple Mortgage

385 Snow Eagle Dr | 780-799-5226

Readers’ Choice Runners-up

  • Charlene Elliott – Dominion Lending Centre
  • Adam McGaghey – World Financial Group
  • Nathan Walker – Bank of Montreal
  • Raj Singh – CIBC Financial
  • Ryan Jeffries – World Financial Group

Best Local Band

Joe Rebel

Readers’ Choice Runners-up

  • Kitchen Party
  • Crosswind
  • Good Spread
  • Surface Below
  • VOLT

Best Local Singer

Tyler Whelan

Readers’ Choice Runners-up

  • Dan Tulk
  • Adam Bugden
  • Max Noseworthy
  • Mychela
  • Tammy O’ Quinn

“I try my best to give a song the emotion it deserves. If I don’t feel it, there’s a great chance the listener won’t either. In order to give a song feeling, I picture the story the song is trying to tell… like a movie playing in my mind. Sometimes I get so lost in the story, I forget the words to the song haha!” —Tyler Whelan

Best Realtor

Paige Cyr | The Agency

North Central Alberta 9908 Franklin Ave #102 | 780-881-8155

Readers’ Choice Runners-up

  • Cassandra Slade – RE/MAX Fort McMurray
  • Joelle Fraser-McGaghey – Seller Direct Northern Homes Realty
  • Jolene Gunn – Seller Direct Northern Homes Realty
  • Kristy Stonehouse – Coldwell Banker United
  • Lana Hulan – Coldwell Banker United

“I am deeply honoured and humbled to receive this recognition from our wonderful community for the third consecutive year. It has been a wild year opening our own brokerage and bringing The Agency to our region – Your trust and support through this journey means the world to me, and I am endlessly grateful for the opportunity to serve you. This award is a testament to the incredible relationships we’ve built together, and I am committed to continuing to exceed your expectations and deliver exceptional service. Thank you for your ongoing confidence in me as your favourite realtor.” —Paige Cyr

Best Local DJ


Readers’ Choice Runners-up

  • DJ D-Nyce
  • DJ Sante
  • DJ Technical
  • Eugene Gutierrez / DJ Guts
  • Rd0 Dave

My goal as a DJ is to understand the many dialects of music to create connections in the room one beat at a time. I will keep doing what I love as long as one person feels that beat. — DJ QPid

Best Local Comedian / Performing Artist

Renee Manners Comedy

Readers’ Choice Runners-up

  • Dave Boutilier
  • Jenna Huber
  • Jenny Price
  • Simma Downe
  • Zenon Campbell

Holy recognition, Batman! This has been a year of confirmation that I’m great to just be myself! I can’t explain how powerful it’s been for my self-love journey! Comedy has been a space where I have grown into myself, and it has changed the trajectory of my life for the better. It’s the audience that makes the show for us comedians…. So, thank you all for showing up, laughing at our jokes and making our comedy community a way to spend your nights out!! On behalf of all our local funny entertainers, keep showing up for us, and we will keep putting on shows! LOVE YOU, FORT MAC! Thank you so much for the support! — Renee Manners

Best Event Planner

Cassandra Breau Godin & Natasha Landry – Cass & Nat Event Planning


Readers’ Choice Runners-up

  • Morgan Rankin – MacDonald Island Park
  • Hanna Fridhed – Swamp Rat Experience
  • Jas – Events By Jas
  • Katie Cooper – Black Dress Events
  • Matt France & Leslie Wiseman – Vivid Vibes Events

Best Local Artisan / Craftsperson

Candace Pilgrim | Cade’s BOMB Bombs


Readers’ Choice Runners-up

  • Amy Keller-Rempp
  • Amanda Dawson – Northern Knots Macrame & Fiber Art
  • Lasha Barbosa
  • Liana Wheeldon – LMW Art / Ravenous Comics
  • Rachelle Solbak – Tobacco & Tulips Beadwork

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