December Edition: The YMM Check-In

Airports on the Hill

Fort McMurray Airport Authority’s President & CEO Denean Robinson sat down with other aviation industry leaders and government in Ottawa to discuss the sector’s goals and how to get there with a supply of sustainable aviation fuel.

Canada’s airports are striving toward Net Zero by 2050, taking steps to implement sustainable practices like solar and electric. Learn more on the Canadian Airports Council website.

Santa Photos at YMM

Students of Father Patrick Mercredi High School are ready to greet guests at the upcoming Santa Photos at YMM event on December 9 from 1:45 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The annual Santas Anonymous fundraiser will bring back special guests from PAWS (Pet and Wellness Society Wood Buffalo) and Buddy the Elf. A sensory-friendly timeslot is available from 1:45 p.m. to 2 p.m. for attendees with sensory sensitivities requiring a calm, non-stimulating environment.

Guests will also enjoy the holiday colouring station and the hot chocolate station with everyone’s favourite Tim Hortons treats. Free parking is available for all event guests.

Photos cost a minimum donation of $10 for each print (plus tax), and all funds raised through ticket sales will go to a student-led program to bring Christmas hampers to families in need. Please note: One ticket equals one 5×7 photo. Additional photos can be paid for by cash donations at the event. 

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Tree Raises 12K for Northern Lights Health Foundation

Congratulations to all the organizers, volunteers, sponsors and attendees of last weekend’s Northern Lights Health Foundation’s Festival of Trees.

The Team YMM Celestial Oasis: Northern Skies to Cabo’s Shores Christmas Tree, brought in $12,000 during the live auction at the Gala. All auction funds raised support local health care services and programs in our region.

Congratulations Kyle Taback, Owner of Gregg Distributors LP (pictured far right with the Fort McMurray Airport Authority team) for his generous winning bid!

Team YMM Spotlight on Kyle Reid

Kyle Reid joined Team YMM earlier this year in February. Kyle, along with his parents and two brothers, own and operate Robby’s Tractor Trailer Services. The company specializes in the towing, recovery and transport of heavy-duty trucks, trailers and equipment.

Originally from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Kyle along with his wife and two children now call Fort McMurray home.

The family-owned business has been operating in the region since 2008. On Kyle’s limited spare time, you’ll find him racing cars with his brothers.

YMM in the News

Click on the following links to learn what the web is sharing about YMM:

Airport International Review shares Fort Chipewyan Evacuation Story

Read “Evacuation by Air” in the latest issue of International Airport Review. The article tells the story of the Fort Chipewyan evacuation.

Team YMM members jumped to help the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo’s Incident Management Team get residents to safety when a wildfire encroached onto the community.

“I’m extremely proud of our team, everyone was willing and eager to help in whatever way they could,” says Denean Robinson, President & CEO of the Fort McMurray Airport Authority.

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Last Call to Submit for the 2024 YMM Digital Art Exhibit

YMM is seeking artists to submit their work for the 2024 YMM Digital Art Exhibit.

The 2024 theme is Connecting Cultures, Inspiring Journeys. Artists are encouraged to explore the concept of cultural diversity, unity, and the transformative power of travel.

Selected artists will receive an honorarium, and YMM will host an art exhibit launch event celebrating the launch of the digital art exhibit. Four artists will be selected and announced in January 2024. Deadline is December 31, 2024.

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End of the Runway – Airport Humour

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