Learn about the contributors of this edition.
Carol Christian loves to write and tell people’s stories. She is a former journalist with a few awards, but no Pulitzer…yet…and loves being behind the camera catching awesome smiles and beautiful landscapes.
She is a strong believer in teamwork and helping others and lives by the Golden Rule. Always engaged with her community, Carol is a long-time volunteer who always gives back. She thoroughly enjoys the outdoors, and all the pursuits that go with it…hiking, camping, and kayaking, and so on.
Mercy Jodoin is a graphic designer who has a love for helping her community. She advocates for inclusion for our special needs community and for our local youth.
A Fort McMurray staple, Michael Jesso is a Renaissance man. He is an opinion-sharer, a car aficionado, a cooking show host, and a stand-up comedian. He tells it like it is, and has his finger on the pulse of what is happening at all times. He is connected, in the know, incredibly invested in the community, and has the most contagious laugh. Not to mention the most epic party pad in all of Fort McMurray.
A true man about town, Mike Jones loves supporting local artists and small businesses by using his platform to promote them however he can. In his spare time, you can find Mike checking out new music, drinking craft beer or managing his fantasy football team! Mike strives to live life to its fullest and adopts a glass-half-full perspective. He is a constant promoter of all things positive in Fort McMurray and can’t wait to help share the Good News with you!
Curtis J. Phillips
Residing in Fort McMurray since 1982, Curtis J. Phillips is a productive sports journalist in print/electronic mediums. He enjoys researching local sports history and was an Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference Sports Writer from 2008 to 2019. Recognized as Canada’s Basketball Historian, he is an advocate for community volunteerism.
Momin Syed is the Communications Coordinator for the Fort McMurray Public School Division (FMPSD). Momin has been an FMPSD volunteer since 2011, during this time he has helped organize numerous Robotics, Inventor’s Fair, Multimedia and Coding events. Momin is a Miner’s Heart recipient and a Composite High School graduate. Momin believes in the power of stories; he loves collecting them and telling them to anyone who will listen. There is so much knowledge and growth that comes from sharing stories. He is incredibly thrilled to have this opportunity and looks forward to “Doing What’s Best for Kids”.
Mohamed Tarrabin, a distinguished leader in the business industry, boasts over 15 years of consulting experience. As a highly esteemed business consultant and coach, Mohamed has consistently delivered innovative, sustainable solutions, enabling clients to reach their full potential. His professional, client-focused approach to consulting and coaching is designed to unlock the untapped potential within each client. Beyond his professional accomplishments, Mohamed Tarrabin is known for his deep commitment to the community, actively contributing to various philanthropic endeavours as a dedicated giver.
Family Violence Coordinating Council
Founded in 2004, the Family Violence Coordinating Council (FVCC) is a collective comprised of approximately 20 community partners whose purpose is to identify and support high-impact opportunities, share knowledge and influence norms, practices, programs and policies related to family violence, sexual violence and bullying education, prevention and intervention across the lifespan. Over the years much work was done by the committee to address the following key areas of action: social change, provincial leadership, collaborative and coordinated community response, services and supports and accountability.