ACTOR CALL – Safe Community Wood Buffalo’s annual PARTY Program

Call for Volunteer Actors
Safe Community Wood Buffalo presents: P.A.R.T.Y Program

Event Information
This is a full day presentation to all local grade 9 students to Prevent Alcohol and Risk-related Trauma in Youth. Volunteer actors are required for the morning portion only.

The performance consists of a MOCK motor vehicle collision in the parking lot of the Royal Canadian Legion, where 2 vehicles have been crushed and placed together by a loader as though a collision has already taken place.

Performances are Monday April 11th, Tuesday April 12th, Wednesday April 13th, Thursday April 14th, Monday April 18th, Tuesday April 19th, and Wednesday April 20th.

Goals and Objectives
1. To educate youth to recognize risks.
2. To increase youth awareness of personal responsibility for their choices.
3. To increase youth knowledge of the consequences of injury on quality of life for the individual, family, friends and community.
4. To empower youth to make informed, educated choices.
5. To promote injury prevention initiatives.
6. To contribute to a reduction in the incidence of risk-related trauma in youth.

Role Descriptions
Please look closely over the role descriptions as some of these positions require the performer to simulate extreme realistically emotional situations.
The Impaired Driver: Strong verbal acting abilities
Strong Improvisational abilities
Impaired Driver’s Passenger: Strong verbal acting abilities
Strong Improvisational abilities
Second Vehicle Driver: Strong verbal acting abilities
Strong Improvisational abilities
Strong abilities to play intense emotions
Parent(s) of Victim: Strong verbal acting abilities
Strong Improvisational abilities
Strong abilities to play intense emotions
Must be over 25 years old
2 Deceased Victims: Strong abilities to remain motionless for extended periods of time Must be comfortable with EMS workers simulating resuscitation
Must be comfortable being put on a stretcher with a blanket covering their entire body (including face)
Time Requirements
All volunteers are required to attend an Orientation on Tuesday April 5th from 7-8:30 pm at The Redpoll Centre Conference room at Shell Place; light refreshments will be provided. Each volunteer will be trained by a professional EMS worker prior to the performance.
Volunteers may choose to participate in 1-7 of the following performance dates:
Monday April 11th, Tuesday April 12th, Wednesday April 13th, Thursday April 14th
Monday April 18th, Tuesday April 19th, Wednesday April 20th
Call time for each performance is 8am; all volunteers must provide their own transportation to and from The Royal Canadian Legion. Volunteers must provide their own costume (old clothing that you do not mind getting dirty), makeup and hair will be done professionally onsite. Volunteers will be required no later than noon the day of performance.
How to Register

SCWB Volunteer Registration Form

For more information, or to register as a volunteer please contact Melanie Murrin at or visit the Safe Community Wood Buffalo website at

Multicultural Expo 2016

The Multicultural Association of Wood Buffalo is hosting its annual community event on February 13, 2016. The EXPO will be launched on the evening of Friday February 12th with a community play, UBUNTU TOWN, at Keyano Recital Theatre. Everyone is invited!


Want to volunteer at the Multicultural EXPO 2016? Here is the link to the signup sheet


Times : 7pm – 9pm on 12th and 12pm – 5pm on 13th

Location: Keyano Recital Theatre for the 12th and MacDonald Island Park for the 13th

Tickets: $25 for Community Play + Multicultural EXPO 2016. For the EXPO minimum donations at the door $5 for adults and $10 for families, free admission  for 13 and under

Arts Council Wood Buffalo in partnership with the Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts presents The Business of The Arts Summit & AGM – June 4, 2016



Save the date for this exciting full day Business of the Arts conference. Featuring a variety of local and visiting artists, this summit aims to build the capacity of our local artists to compete and thrive in their artistry. The summit will offer a variety of sessions that will range from introductory classes to more in-depth lectures from experts in their chosen field.

After the summit ACWB will be hosting their Annual General Meeting, featuring engaging entertainment and networking opportunities for our members. Make sure to stay connected with ACWB online through our Facebook page and Twitter account for more information on this upcoming event! If you have any questions regarding the Summit, please e-mail Program Manager Michelle Thorne at

*This event was regretfully cancelled due to the 2016 wildfire and evacuation.*

Photographing Your Artwork workshop

January 30, 2016     10 am – 2 pm

Redpoll Centre in Shell Place

$30.00 non-members, $25.00 ACWB members

Learn simple yet effective best practices for photographing your artwork by using items you already own in your home. Topics will include: how to get that one great shot for submissions, tips and tricks for taking professional photographs without the extra costs, and how to best capture the quality of your art for your portfolio.

There will be special presentations by FuseSocial and the Regional Recreation Corporation of Wood Buffalo detailing the requirements for submitting work to the2016 Wood Buffalo Timeraiser Art Auction, and a tour of the MacDonald Island Gallery presented by the Kirschner Family Corporation is also included.

Presented in partnership with Visual Arts Alberta – CARFAC, FuseSocial, and the Regional Recreation Corporation of Wood Buffalo.

Register at


UBUNTU TOWN – community play project

Your Stories in Your Voice! Your Cultural Contribution to Your Community!


Calling all new and long-term residents who appreciate the value of living in the diverse and multicultural community of Fort McMurray. Premiering on the evening of Friday February 12th, UBUNTU TOWN will kick-off the annual Multi-Cultural EXPO in celebration of its 10th anniversary!

THE MULTICULTURAL ASSOCIATION OF WOOD BUFFALO is pleased to announce a new and exciting creative project: UBUNTU TOWN. With African origins, “Ubuntu” is a word with a multitude of meanings representing human-ness and humanity towards others.
UBUNTU TOWN is a community play project – a unique theatrical creation developed by the community for the community. Colin Funk, a professional theatre artist from Banff, Alberta, will guide the development process during the months of January and February, 2016.
We are looking for 12-14 volunteers: actors and musicians from all age groups, gender and cultures to collaborate in developing this community play and in sharing stories as part of the final performance. No theatre or performance background necessary. Just a keen interest in the topic, a willingness to share your stories with others and a commitment to attending one play development workshop and four short rehearsals leading up to the performance.
If you are new to Fort McMurray or a long-term resident interested in sharing the stories of how your cultural background has shaped your experience living in this community, we would like to hear from you. Please contact the UBUNTU TOWN Community Play Project before January 7, 2016 at or 780-791-5186.
This special project holds the great promise of honouring and highlighting the wonderful layers of cultural diversity in our community and in showcasing Fort McMurray’s natural spirit of Ubuntu to citizens here and abroad. We hope you can join us in this unique community development project.
For more details on how to get involved with the UBUNTU TOWN Community Play Project please contact Rodas Asres before January 7th at or 780-791-5186.

Open Call to Artists for 2016 Wood Buffalo Timeraiser

OPEN CALL TO ALL LOCAL 2D and 3D ARTISTS IN WOOD BUFFALO FuseSocial is thrilled to announce that the Call to Artists for the fifth edition of the Wood Buffalo Timeraiser is now open. Timeraiser is a volunteer matching fair, a silent art auction, and a night out on the town. The big twist is […]

Fanny & Manny Tie the Knot – Delicious Comedy Dinner Theatre on behalf of Waypoints

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February 5 & 6, 2016

Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts

$125 per person or $800 for a table of 8

Waypoints, formerly the Fort McMurray Family Crisis Society (FMFCS), is collaborating with Wood Buffalo’s newest theatre company, Theatre; Just Because for their annual fundraiser event. This year the event will be an evening of hilarious dinner theatre, complete with a full-length performance by a cast of 18 performers and a delicious Italian meal created by Ristorante Cosa Nostra. Fanny & Manny Tie the Knot is an innovative partnership project between a community needs organization and the arts, and is an example of the ways the arts are integral to a remarkable quality of life in Wood Buffalo.

Waypoints has been providing valuable services to individuals affected by interpersonal and family violence since 1982. Theatre; Just Because was founded in 2014 by local theatre artists and the company operates on the principal of growing the local theatre community through producing, while giving back to it at the same time — by focusing on the importance of the individual artist and creating unique opportunities for them to have a venue to create and perform. All proceeds from Waypoints’ Fanny & Manny Tie the Knot dinner theatre event will support the operation of Unity House, the local emergency women’s and children’s shelter, as well as ten other programs that contribute to the fight against sexual assault, homelessness, and family violence.

Tickets are now available online at, or in person at the Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts box office at 230 Powder Drive, Monday-Friday 12-4:30 pm.

Sponsorship opportunities are available, for more information contact


Art Submissions 101 workshop

Facilitated by Erin Stinson (Studio Stinson)

A workshop on how to create a strong submission to an artist call and best represent yourself as a visual artist using the tools you already have!

-Basic ways to photograph 2D/3D artwork
-Tips on writing a great artist biography and artistic statement
-Advice on making your submission to the 2018 Timeraiser artist call strong and compelling

January 24, 2018 6:30-8:30 pm

Redpoll Centre Conference Room (Shell Place at MacDonald Island Park)

$15 for ACWB members, $20 for non members

Tickets available on Eventbrite

Multicultural EXPO 2018 – Call for Vendors & Performers

The Multicultural Association of Wood Buffalo (MCA) will be hosting their annual Multicultural EXPO on February 10, 2018 and is currently seeking vendors and performers. The EXPO will take place in the Nexen Field House – MacDonald Island Park from 11am – 8pm.
Please receive the Applications for Vendors (booth), Food Vendor Permit, Performances, and Youth Talent Show – links below. Fill out the appropriate applications and return no later than January 10th by 4pm, sent to
Important items:
  • We will be having the Parade of Nations (Similarly to the Canada 150 Multicultural Summer Festival) as well as the Multicultural Fashion Show. You can have 1 representative doing both or 2 one for each
  • We will host Mandatory Auditions for the Youth Talent Show in February, applicants need to attend at least one
  • We will host 2 information sessions in January and vendors are expected to attend at least one
  • Information session with an Alberta Health Inspector is Mandatory for all food vendors
The Multicultural Association of Wood Buffalo is seeking volunteers to help at the Expo 2018. To sign up visit the link:

ADFA North Zone’s Call for Submissions – 2018 Regional One Act Festival

Submission deadline is February 11, 2018

Call for Submissions
The ADFA North Zone is now accepting submissions for the 2018 Regional One Act Festival! The ADFA North Zone provide the venue, audience and adjudicator on March 24th, 2018; you provide the play, director, actors and set.

Community theatre artists of all experience levels are welcome to enter. Plays must be between 10 and 60 minutes long, with a majority adult ensemble.

To enter your play, visit:
If you have any questions, please contact or visit


FuseSocial Offerings: Academic Calendar January – March 2016



Leading With Creativity and Innovation

This session focuses on key concepts, principles and best practices of creativity and innovation in the work place.  During the first phase of the session participants are introduced to the Foresight Breakthrough Thinking Profile assessment to determine their creative problem solving preferences when working with others. Foresight outlines individual preference areas while one is engaged in problem-solving or idea development: Clarification, Ideation, Development and Implementation.

During the second phase of the session participants are introduced to two very powerful creativity/innovation methodologies CPS (Creative Problem Solving) and Design Thinking techniques. The third phase of the session is interactive as we focus on reviewing case studies and sharing individual participant workplace challenges drawing upon experience with the Foresight tool, CPS and Design Thinking techniques.

When: Wednesday January 6, 2016 at 9:00am-1:00pm

Cost: $50.00

Where: Redpoll Centre at Shell Place

Register here

Facilitator: Colin Funk


Social Profit Sector Orientation

This orientation is designed to connect staff members who are new to the social profit sector in Wood Buffalo. Connecting to the big picture of the sector will allow participants to learn about the opportunities for collaboration, help develop an understanding of the Wood Buffalo Social Profit Network and its benefits, and create knowledge of an appreciation for what the social profit sector.

When: January 13, 2016 at 9:00am-10:30am

Cost: Free

Where: FuseSocial Boardroom

Register here

Facilitator: Alex Tarasenco

How to be Exquisite on Media

The local TV station has just called your organization to appear live on TV in two hours.  The local newspaper has contacted you for a quote on a current community issue, and a magazine has called to let you know they would like to have a feature article from your organization on a quarterly basis.  Are you ready?

You will learn:

  • How to build relationships with media, so they call you!
  • How to prepare for media interviews, what to send the media in advance and how to follow up
  • The “rules” of being a guest on media… what to do…what not to do
  • How to be confident, credible and congruent on media
  • Why having sound bites prepared in advance can help you be exquisite on media

You will have the opportunity to experience mock interviews, and hear from different journalists and TV and Radio hosts about what will help you be the standout frequently sought after media guest.

When: January 26, 2016 at 9:00am-1:00pm

Cost: $50.00

Where: Redpoll Centre at Shell Place

Register here

Facilitator: Charmaine Hammond


Get Your Organization Organized

Is everything you need to get the job done at your fingertips?  Do you understand the impact that spending inordinate amounts of time looking for something – or preparing something that should have been readily available when needed – costs your organization? Perhaps even preparing duplicates because you cannot locate the originals? Everyone in an organization has a role to play in keeping on top of things.  It is one of the key responsibilities of a social profit board.  Disorganization can cause both board and staff endless frustration.  In addition to frustration there are probably many missed opportunities.  This workshop will offer some organizational tools that can be used to make life at your social profit just a little (or maybe a lot) easier.  This is a workshop that needs to be attended by staff AND a board member because the responsibility is shared.

When: February 4, 2016 at 9:00am-12:00pm

Cost: $25.00

Where: Redpoll Centre at Shell Place

Register here

Facilitator: Karen Doyle


Work Life Balance – Nurturing Self FULLfillment and Managing Stress Saboteurs

Fort McMurray has its unique challenges when it comes to balancing career and life while still maintaining joy and self-care. Stress is unavoidable in today’s lifestyle however we can chose how stress affects us every day by creating a healthier relationship with our thoughts and attitudes towards our lives.  It is essential to cultivate time for our own unique passions and nourish our souls.  In this workshop, facilitated by Kaitlin Armstrong with In Balance for Life, you will learn how to better create a healthy relationship with stress and be given the tools to make space for your own individual needs.  You will leave feeling brighter, lighter and empowered to show up more fully to your life and your work.


When: February 10, 2016 at 9:00am-1:00pm

Cost: $50.00

Where: Redpoll Centre at Shell Place

Register here

Facilitator: Kaitlin Armstrong


Marketing Plans for Social Profits

During this session, we will cover the fundamentals of the marketing function and examine concepts that are integral to the field of marketing including the 4P’s, the integration of marketing and communications, trends in marketing and the use of digital resources. Marketing tools and templates will be provided.

When:  February 18, 2016 at 9:00am-11:30am

Cost: $25.00

Where: Redpoll Centre at Shell Place

Register here

Facilitator: Kelly Dela Ronde


Grant Writing 101

Do you find the grant writing process confusing, intimidating, and frustrating? Do you want to know what grants are available for non-profits in Alberta? Grant Writing 101 provides participants with the basic roadmap they need in order to successfully source and apply for grant funding. Topics covered include: How Grants Fit Within Your Funding Toolkit, Making a Plan, Funding Research, Application, Budget and Evaluation.

Grant Writing 101 is presented in partnership with Arts Council Wood Buffalo

When: March 1 at 9:00am-12:00pm

Cost: $25.00

Where: Redpoll Centre at Shell Place

Register here

Facilitator: Constance Scarlett


Building Your Circle of Corporate Champions, Partners and Sponsors

In this interactive and results producing workshop, you will leave knowing:

  • How to identify sponsors and build meaningful relationships with them.
  • The common mistakes organizations make in sponsorship, and how you can stand out by doing something different.
  • How to build a collaborative sponsor relationship.
  • How to be the organization that sponsors seek out.
  • How to prepare for discovery calls, and how to “pitch” sponsors on your project, event or program.
  • Marketing and sponsor recognition strategies that sponsors love.
  • Effective ways to foster long term relationships with sponsors.

When: March 11, 2016 at 9:00am-1:00pm

Cost: $50.00

Where: Redpoll at Shell Place

Register here

Facilitator: Charmaine Hammond


Social Profit Sector Orientation

This orientation is designed to connect staff members who are new to the social profit sector in Wood Buffalo. Connecting to the big picture of the sector will allow participants to learn about the opportunities for collaboration, help develop an understanding of the Wood Buffalo Social Profit Network and its benefits, and create knowledge of and appreciation for what the social profit sector is and what it does.

When: March 16, 2016 at 9:00am-10:30am

Cost: Free

Where: FuseSocial Boardroom

Register here

Facilitator: Alex Tarasenco


April to July Academic Calendar courses will be announced in the new year.


Miss Kelli in Partnership with The Centre of Hope presents HIP HOP FOR SOCKS!


WHO: YOU, Your friends, Brothers, Sisters, Mom & Dad, Aunts & Uncles, Kids, Neighbours even Nan & Pop!

WHAT: A giant Hip Hop dance class with a purpose! Only requirement to participate…positive attitude, a desire to give back and most important a Pair or two 🙂 of new socks!

WHERE: Shell Place Grand Ball Room BC – Use the East Entrance to enter facility On the second level

WHEN: Sunday December 6th, 2015 Doors @ 2:00pm
Class @ 2:30 – 3:30pm

WHY: To raise awareness for the Homeless, did you know a homeless person can walk up to 30 miles a day? not something you may think of often… now imagine doing that with no socks on during one of our famous Fort McMurray winters. A small donation of a pair of new clean socks can make a huge difference in the lives of those in need.


For more information please go to


The Multicultural EXPO 2016 – Application Submissions

About the Multicultural Expo: The Multicultural EXPO-2016 hopes to bring together all diverse cultural groups in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. Last year we had over 26 cultures represented and around 2600 attendees at the event. The EXPO features traditions, customs, artifacts, dress, food, and dances from all over the world. The event not only brings our community together but aims to break down barriers between cultural groups and enhance cross-cultural awareness, understanding, and appreciation.
What you can do at the Multicultural EXPO:
  • Sell cultural dishes for all to enjoy (Apply for Temporary Food Vendor Permit)
  • Sell handicrafts inspired by your culture (Apply for Daily Licence)
  • Educate the public about different aspects of your culture (ie. traditions, festivals, beliefs, customs, dress, artifacts, dances, etc.)
  • Reach out to newcomers
  • Spread the word about your cultural group or organization
An ambassador for each cultural group will serve as the sole representative for their cultural group liaising between their group and the Multicultural Association.
Ambassador Responsibilities:
  • Serve as the liaison between the cultural group and the Multicultural Association
  • Attend committee meetings prior to the EXPO (about 3 short meetings will be scheduled)
  • Keep the Multicultural Association updated on the progress and any changes within the group
  • Organize the booth for your cultural group to be displayed at the EXPO (find people to provide artifacts, traditional costumes, and info)
  • Get commitment from the group for organizing a food stall or handicraft stall
Apply Now!
  • To apply to be an Ambassador and book your booths, please fill out the attached forms and submit it to the Multicultural Association at by December 11, 2015.
Any Questions?
  • November 30, 2015 – Information Session at the MCA Board Room at 6:00pm
  • December 11, 2015 – All Applications must be submitted before the end of the day
  • Application for the Temporary Food Vendor Permit must be filled out and sent to before end of December 11, 2015
  • Application for Daily Market License must be submitted to:
9909 Franklin Avenue, Fort McMurray AB T9H 2K4
Business Licensing Office Location: 309 Powder Drive, Fort McMurray AB
We are looking forward to working with all of you to make this year’s Multicultural EXPO a huge success!