Local Culture and Traditions
New Brunswick native Paula Donahue moved the family to Fort McMurray to be closer to her husband. “He’s been working here on and off for five years,” she says. “It’s been tough on all of us but especially for him being away from his kids.”
They packed up the car in December (2010) and drove the family to Fort McMurray.
Paula says her husband always encouraged her to move due to her education and experience in administration. She hasn’t landed her dream job yet but is working at a fast-food outlet until something else comes along. She’s confident it will happen based on the opportunities available in the area. She has utilized every employment agency in Fort McMurray. “I’ve been to Roeven, Kelly Services, LVP and the Government of Alberta’s Labour Market Information Centre,” says Paula. “I beat the streets every day.”
When asked what she enjoys most about her new home she says it’s the cultural diversity. “I’m thrilled that my children can experience this diversity. Every day is like an adventure.”
Wood Buffalo has many community events and activities, in which residents get involved and volunteer to support events and activities they care about.
A Multicultural PlacePeople from all backgrounds live and are welcome in Wood Buffalo – people from different races, different cultures and different financial situations all make their homes in the region. As the population has grown, so has the multiculturalism of the region. There are many associations and services in the region to help immigrants adjust to life in Wood Buffalo, including multicultural associations.
For people new to Canada, or thinking about moving here, the Government of Canada's About Canada page has some general information about what it is like to live and work in Canada.
Arts & CultureWood Buffalo has a growing arts & culture scene, including live theatre, historical centres, cultural societies and visual arts. Fort McMurray has stages and theatres for live performances as well as outdoor festivals and local arts shows. A new theatre (the Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts) was opened in September 2011.
- Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Culture Initiatives
- Keyano Theatre and Arts Centre
- Community Guide to Recreation, Culture and Social Services
Community Events & Activities
Wood Buffalo has many community events that happen year-round, like parades, festivals, sports events and music.
- Fort McMurray Tourism Calendar of Events
- MyMcMurray Community Calendar
- Events Wood Buffalo
- Oil Barons Hockey
Volunteer opportunitiesThe Municipality of Wood Buffalo's Parks, Recreation & Culture department works with communities to encourage recreation, sport and leisure. Volunteering is important here in Wood Buffalo – and if you're interested in volunteering, you have many opportunities to choose from.
To find out more about volunteering in Wood Buffalo, visit www.volunteerwoodbuffalo.ca or govolunteer.ca