June Edition: The YMM Check-In

Alberta Wildfire Support

Thank you to the many local emergency response professionals and those who’ve come from across Canada and the U.S. to support wildfire-fighting efforts here in Alberta. Special thanks to the Team YMM members who supported the RMWB in the Fort Chipewyan evacuation. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of those affected. Visit the Government of Alberta’s website for more information.

Government of Alberta

YMM’s Rainbow Space Designation Announcement

The Fort McMurray Airport Authority invites the community to join Team YMM members and Pride YMM to celebrate YMM’s Rainbow Space Designation! Guests will enjoy greetings, live music, refreshments and mingling in the airport terminal’s courtyard on June 23 at 3 p.m. Free parking is available for all attendees. Sign up on Eventbrite!

About Rainbow Spaces: Pride YMM’s Rainbow Spaces initiative promotes and fosters safer and more inclusive spaces, organizations, and businesses for 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, organizations and businesses that have taken specific steps outlined by the initiative receive Rainbow Spaces designation and receive public recognition for their commitment to 2SLGBTQIA+ inclusion.

Event Registration

New Weekly Contest Hits YMM Socials on Monday

In celebration of the upcoming non-stop flights to YUL, YMM is running a summer social media contest called Montreal Trivia Time. Every Monday, our Facebook and Instagram followers will have a chance to win fun prizes. Our first contest prize: a 2023 Membership with a Cart to Rotary Links Golf Club. Weekly winners will be entered to win the Grand Prize: two round trip Economy Class tickets for travel from YMM-YUL!

New NLHF Director Announced at Spring Fling

The Northern Lights Health Foundation (NLHF) hosted its annual Spring Fling, presented by Syncrude, on May 13 at the Shell Place Ballroom. The fundraiser gave guests a look at healthcare in the Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo and raised over $255,000 for new projects.

During the event, Denean Robinson, President & CEO of the Fort McMurray Airport Authority, was named as a new Director on the NLHF’s Board.

YMM was also pleased to donate a live auction package, which included Just for Laughs passports, a one-year parking pass at YMM and non-stop flights for two to Montreal. Congratulations to Matt Neil for the winning bid!

Book Flights to YUL with Air Canada Rouge

YMM Tim Hortons Airside

The YMM Tim Hortons just wrapped up their fourth week on Airside. The franchise moved to its new terminal location on May 8 to better serve passengers at YMM. The team welcomes a new part-time employee Aletheia Donggay (shown center). Aletheia comes to YMM with plenty of barista experience as she works at the Tim Horton’s Quarry Ridge Drive location.

YMM Concessions Extend Hours

Tim Hortons, Earls Kitchen + Bar, Nicholby’s Convenience and Burger King have extended their hours of operation for passengers and Team YMM employees. All changes have been updated on www.flyymm.com

Hours of Operation

Team YMM Spotlight on Samantha Bennett

Samantha Bennett, Financial Services Manager for the Fort McMurray Airport Authority, is celebrating nine years at YMM this month. Her official start date was on May 26, 2014. 


Samantha’s career kicked off as a Corporate Services Accounting Associate at the FMAA’s North Terminal and has transformed into the position she leads today. 


“Moving from the admin building to the new terminal was an exciting time for FMAA. To move into this beautiful terminal was a huge change but a great one,” she said. 


Almost a decade later, Samantha experienced many milestones with her marriage to her husband, Terry, in 2018 and the birth of her daughter, Charlotte, in 2019. Moving to Fort McMurray in 2007, Samantha is proud to live in the Wood Buffalo region.


“We are very happy to call Fort McMurray home. The opportunities we have experienced in YMM are nothing short of amazing,” she shared. “It’s been nine years working at FMAA! We have an excellent team, and I love coming to work!” 

YMM in the News

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Holy Trinity Senior Concert Band Brings Home Gold

The Holy Trinity Senior Concert Band was at the Fort McMurray International Airport to fly out and compete at the National Music Festival in Niagara Falls, Ontario, on May 17. The Fort McMurray Airport Authority is happy to learn the musicians brought gold back home. Congratulations to music teacher Mr. Leer and his students!

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YMM at the Spring Trade Show & Artisan Market

Fort McMurray Airport Authority staff and Team YMM members greeted the community and welcomed travellers during the 2023 Spring Trade Show & Artisan Market last month at MacDonald Island Park. FMAA also prized resident Christine Gullion with non-stop flights for two to Montreal and travel luggage. Stay tuned on YMM’s Facebook and Instagram socials for more great contests coming soon!

Book Flights to YYZ with Air Canada Rouge

Local HERO Foundation Fundraiser Raises $220K

The Local HERO Foundation’s Big Island Luau event was a great success raising over $220,000 for the region’s only helicopter emergency medical services. According to Andrea Spring, Executive Director of the Local HERO Foundation, “The monies raised at the Luau will provide the majority of funding for life-saving flights in our region this year.” This was the first fundraising event the local foundation has hosted since 2019 due to the pandemic.

View the 2022 Annual Report

End of the Runway – Airport Humour

Happy Father’s Day!

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