Letter From The Editor

Another year has passed, and it’s time to celebrate the BEST of YMM once again! 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 who are 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. With over 75 categories this year, you’ll be sure to recognize some of your favourites.

Read all about who YOU chose for the 2024 Reader’s Choice presented by our friends at Rivers Casino Entertainment Centre starting at page 15.

Another exciting component of this edition of YMM is the second annual 60+ Impact Awards celebrating seniors’ and elders’ contributions to the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. It is a program in partnership with a community selection panel, and celebrates 10 individuals who 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 can learn more about some great new places to try and people to pat on the back for a job well done!

In our 2023 Top 50 Under 50 edition, the artwork of Home Maker Designs was featured without credit. We sincerely regret this omission and would like to thank Home Maker Designs for being a part of our pages. To read more about Home Maker Designs, please visit

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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