YMM Builders – 2023

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The Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo region would not be the vibrant, diverse, and beautiful community it is without the contributions of those we call the YMM Builders.

The YMM Builders are selected because they represent the legacy of the Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo region. In their own ways, they have helped this region grow and develop. Their impact is indelible.

This is the fifth year that Your McMurray Magazine has recognized the YMM Builders. They are chosen by the same selection committee that finalizes the list of the Top 50 Under 50, a group that is comprised of community members as well as Your McMurray Magazine’s editorial team.

This year’s recipients are joining the YMM Builders of past years: John Wilson, Jack ‘Torchy’ Peden, Dave Tuccaro, Eric Newell, Jim Carter, Norm and Sheila Sutton, Julia McDougall, Alan Roberts, Paul and Andrea Spring, Elder Lina Gallup, Elder Robert Cree, and Marty and Deninne Gilles.

Being honoured this year are Elder Roy Ladouceur, Rick and Cathy Kirschner, and Frank and Barb Reitz. Thank you, YMM Builders, for your contributions to our community.

The YMM Builders Award for 2023

Each YMM Builder is recognized with a community award designed and crafted by members of the local arts industry. Each award reflects the individual celebrated and features representations of the unique, important legacy that the recipients have imparted to our region.

The YMM Builders of 2023 will receive an award custom-designed by Fort McMurray artist Liana Wheeldon. Each award reflects the individual(s) they are celebrating and features representations of the unique, important legacy that the recipients have given to our region. The awards created for the YMM Builders 2023 are construction paving bricks painted in acrylic, pastel, and ink. Bricks represent the solid foundation, strength of spirit, and weighty contribution made by the YMM Builders.

“The Builders Award recipients have each made significant contributions to the region connecting people, sharing knowledge, and contributing strength of spirit to the collective Wood Buffalo community.

I draw inspiration from the natural world around us to create the awards, using different types of birds and scenery from our landscape to symbolize the recipients and the qualities which singled them out for recognition: initiative, importance of culture, and belief in connection and sharing.”

—Liana Wheeldon, artist

See more of Liana’s art: www.lianawheeldon.com / @LMW_art

Celebrating our Top 50 Under 50 is made possible with the support from our incredible community partners


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