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Archive photo from 2017

       A Message From
       Kristi Hines

        Founder and CEO of Hines Health Services,

        the Presenting Partner of the 2023 Holiday Guide

                   hristmas is the most wonderful time of     the looks on the neighbours’ faces when they’d open
                   the year for our family. I have many fond   the door to a bunch of children singing Christmas carols
                   childhood memories of Christmas in my      to them. We’d always be offered copious amounts of
                   hometown of Fort McMurray. Every year      Christmas treats and such gratitude for brightening their
       Cwe’d get a permit from Forestry and go                day with Christmas carols. On Christmas Eve, it was
        hunting for the best possible Christmas tree with my Dad.   always a struggle to sleep because I was so excited to
        And, every year the tree would be too big and hit the   see what Santa delivered. We’d be checking the radio
        ceiling and my Dad would saw off the top leaving us with   and the TV to hear reports of where Santa was last
        a hilarious-looking tree. It took years of intervening to   spotted and at some point, we’d hear bells ringing we’d
        get him to stop cutting the tops off. Our Christmas trees   run to our beds and knew Santa was close. I’d usually
        were always multi-coloured lights with a combination   be woken by my twin sister Lindsay telling me that Santa
        of beautiful decorations and homemade ornaments. In   had arrived and to get downstairs. Every morning the
        the background would be Christmas carols and laughter   Christmas tree lights would be glistening off all of the
        with my family. We’d go on sleigh rides on Christmas Eve   presents around the tree and it was such a magical
        followed by hot chocolate and a huge feast.           moment.
          My twin sister and I would gather our friends from
        school and we’d go door-to-door Christmas carolling   Wishing you and your families peace, love, joy and a
        around Beaconhill until we were too cold. I’ll never forget   very Merry Christmas.

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