Letter From The Editor

The team at YMM and Balsom Communications absolutely loves to celebrate the Best of YMM each year in our signature recognition program for the people and businesses making our region a great place to live, work and play!

With over 4,000 nominations cast and almost 10,000 legal votes, this is a program that is fueled by YOU – our readers.

Another exciting component of this edition of YMM is the beginning of a new signature program – this one recognizes some of the best seniors and elders and their contributions to our region. The 60+ Impact Awards celebrating seniors’ and elders’ contributions to the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is a program in partnership with a community selection panel and celebrates 14 individuals I promise are worth celebrating and reading more about beginning at page 35. It is incredible to know that our region was built on the backs of these dedicated and inspirational people who demonstrate to us just how vibrant our region is.

Enjoy the Best of YMM and be sure to get out and support all of the local businesses that are part of this program and part of our region. Local businesses are the backbone of our local economy and need our support now more than ever and with all of the incredible options highlighted in this year’s edition, you’ll have a blast and your taste buds will be sure to thank you too!


Krista Balsom

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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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