Letter From The Editor

It feels like there is a spring in every step (or page) of this edition of YMM and the energy of all of the writers and contributors is coming through and bursting with happiness and excitement for the summer months and all the fun there is to be had in our communities in Fort McMurray and beyond to our amazing rural hamlets.

Now that the world is mostly getting back to “normal”, whatever that new normal may look like, there is a resurgence of events. And everyone knows how my team and I love a good event.

One of my favourite things about being the Editor-in-Chief is getting an opportunity to share with you some of my favourite things. In this special issue – we highlight all of the favourites as voted by you! Whether it be the perennial favourite Mitchell’s Cafe (best handheld & best gluten-free) or a new favourite like All Things Charcuterie (best home business) we have so much to offer here in YMM. If you have a favourite that isn’t included in our list – please send us an email along with why it’s your favourite and we just might feature them in a future issue.

Stay tuned for the 2023 Best of YMM program nominations – as this program is entirely voted on and nominated by our reader’s and your choices are what this list is built on. Thanks to our friends at Hines Health Services for being a partner on this program and helping us celebrate the best of YMM!


We hope that you enjoy reading this issue as much as we enjoy putting it together!

Hope to see you out and around town this summer!


Krista Balsom

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You can send me an email at with any feedback or ideas for future story ideas or feedback.

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Krista Balsom

Born and raised on Random Island, Newfoundland, Krista Balsom grew up dreaming big. Moving to Fort McMurray in 2001 and attending Westwood Community High School and Keyano College before heading to the University of Ottawa to study political science and then public relations at Algonquin College, Krista returned in 2009 after working on Parliament Hill as a legislative assistant, to work and put down further roots in Fort McMurray.

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