Community Call for ATCO Torch Relay Nominations

Deadline for Nominations: November 30, 2017, at 4:30 pm.

The 2018 Alberta Winter Games seeks relay team members for ATCO Torch Relay

Do you know a Wood Buffalo youth, aged 11-17, who embodies and demonstrates the Alberta Winter Games Spirit and dedication to sport, culture, and community?

The 2018 Wood Buffalo Alberta Winter Games Society seeks nominations for the 2018 Alberta Winter Games ATCO Torch Relay Team.

“The ATCO Torch Relay is a unique and honourable way to celebrate our region’s talented members. The ATCO Torch Relay marks the commencement of the games and celebrates Alberta’s youth coming together in friendship and excellence,” says Joanne Langevin, ATCO Torch Relay Chair – 2018 Wood Buffalo Alberta Winter Games Society. “We want the community to share with us information about our amazing local youth so we can highlight them to the entire province through participation on the Alberta Winter Games ATCO Torch Relay team.”

The ATCO Torch Relay takes place on Friday, February 16, 2018, in the heart of downtown Fort McMurray. The final leg of the relay is the ceremonial lighting of the cauldron during the 2018 Alberta Winter Games Opening Ceremonies sponsored by ATCO.

Torch Bearer Eligibility:

  • Between the age (s) 11-17.

  • Be able to complete (run/walk/wheel) assigned 200m distance.

  • Have a guardian who will accompany bearer during the ATCO Torch Relay and be responsible for transportation to and from Rehearsal day, ATCO Torch Relay, and Opening Ceremonies.

  • Be prepared to participate in a training session/rehearsal prior to the ATCO Torch Relay on Thursday, February 15.

  • Be prepared to participate in the Opening Ceremonies following the ATCO Torch Relay on Friday, February 16 at 7pm.

  • Sign the Participation waiver before or on the ATCO Torch Relay day.

  • Agree to have photo published by the 2018 Wood Buffalo Alberta Winter Games, sponsors, or media for the purpose of promoting the Alberta Winter Games ATCO Torch Relay.

Deadline for Nominations: November 30, 2017, at 4:30 pm.

The public can nominate relay team members online:

The 2018 Wood Buffalo Alberta Winter Games take place February 16 – 19, 2018, and operate in partnership with the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo and Alberta Sport Connection.

Full Guidelines and Release can be found HERE.

#YouthVoicesWB Campaign

#YouthVoicesWB Campaign by ResilienceByDesign Research Innocation Lab at Royal Roads University

As the school year starts, we wanted to share information about a youth-focused social media campaign we’ll be launching Sept 29-Oct. 27 that aims to understand, promote and celebrate youth ideas for local action. The #YouthVoicesWB campaign will be asking youth age 14-24: “What Would You Do to Make Your Community Better?” …and inviting them to creatively answer through videos, photos, songs, art, poetry, theatre, spoken word, dance, etc. (


As many of you know, the #YouthVoicesWB social media campaign emerged from conversations with youth, youth-serving organizations, governance bodies, schools and other community members about how to engage young people across the Wood Buffalo region. It is connected to the “Youth Voices Rising (YVR): Recovery & Resilience in Wood Buffalo” action research project being coordinated by the ResilienceByDesign Research Innovation Lab at Royal Roads University, and funded by the Canadian Red Cross.


YVR aims to explore and connect young people’s concerns and solutions to the long-term recovery and resilience efforts in the region through their active participation ( For instance, #YouthVoicesWB will launch during the RMWB Election period so we can link youth ideas to policymakers, and encourage older youth to vote. We’ve even recorded video interviews with the mayoral candidates about engaging youth and will share what they have to say to young people during the campaign.


In the region, #YouthVoicesWB is already underway. Over the summer, youth explored their communities with photography at the YMCA and youth centres in Fort McKay & Janvier; shared songs, poetry and prose at a McMurray Gospel Assembly talent show; and created art at the Justin Slade Youth Foundation. As well, youth are recording songs to answer the question with The Bridge (; and the Art Foundry at River Station is offering art nights to young people on the campaign theme. We hope to connect with many more youth too at an upcoming Rotary youth event and during Alberta Cultural Days (Youth can stop by the Art Foundry at River Station on Sept 30 to make media!). We’ve uploaded a few examples of youth media we’ll be posting to show you the breadth of creativity and topics being raised by young people in the campaign –


We wanted to share this information with you so you can join in! There are multiple ways to do this:

  • You can follow #YouthVoicesWB on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter; and encourage the youth you work with to join in (links below).
  • You can support youth to create media for the campaign.
  • You can share organization posts during the campaign. (For example, we’ll be hosting Wellness Wednesdays to offer youth-friendly wellness advice and connection to local services. Feel free to link relevant youth info to #YouthVoicesWB between Sept 29-Oct 27 to cross-promote the campaign and relevant youth services/activities in Wood Buffalo.)
  • You can launch your own discussions & advocacy activities based on what young people are sharing in the campaign.


For #YouthVoicesWB, there are a few ways for young people to share their media. One way is for us to post their content. This can be done anonymously or with only their first name at The site is active now, and we’ll post their media between Sept 29-Oct 27. If they are under age 18, we’ll ask them for their parent/guardian details so we can contact them for permission to post the media as part of the YVR project. Once the campaign starts Sept 29, young people can also create and post media to their own social media accounts and link to the campaign at #YouthVoicesWB. In this case, since the post originates from their own social media account, they would not be able to be anonymous—so this is valuable for them to understand. Finally, organizations can also post youth media (with consent) and link it to the #YouthVoicesWB platforms.


As mentioned, the key aim for the #YouthVoicesWB campaign is not only to understand youth concerns, but also to connect them to them to people with can listen and respond. To support this—as part of our research—we’ll identify and share the key themes youth discuss during the campaign; and are promoting listening events next year where youth and key decision-makers can meet in person to talk about the most common concerns and ideas with an eye on responsive action.


As well, for sustainability, we’d love to hand off the #YouthVoicesWB social media platform to the WB youth community as an on-going social media hub for and influenced by youth. We’ve developed recommendations for how this could be done for potential funders, as well as the benefits. Through these efforts, our hope is that the campaign is just the start of actions that support wider youth engagement and influence in the RMWB region. We appreciate working with many of you on these efforts, and we look forward to seeing the young people’s great ideas become reality!
For connecting to the campaign, here are the links:

Winter Art Street Banner Program

Deadline October 6, 2017

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo invites all youth of Wood Buffalo to participate in the Winter Art Banner Program (under 18 years old).

Five designs will be chosen and transformed onto banners to brighten up our community. These banners will be displayed on Franklin Avenue and Thickwood Boulevard for a limited time.


The theme of the banners is Alberta Winter Games!

Artwork Limitations:

  • Artwork should reflect winter sporting events. A list of winter events is included on page 3.
  • Artwork must take up the entire space of the art paper provided, from edge to edge (no borders)
  • Participants should consider scale and distance of the viewing audience and use large scale images.


Submit artwork and completed Release Forms to McMurray Experience (9909 Franklin Avenue) by Friday, October 6, 2017
For technical or submission guideline questions, please email or call 780.792.5968

Banner Selection and Criteria:

1 entry/per resident.
Artwork must be created on the provided art paper.
The artist retains sole copyright to his/her artwork.
Artwork must stay within the theme and limitations as indicated on the previous page.
Each submission must be accompanied by a completed waiver and photo release form.
Artwork will be selected by a volunteer selection panel.

Submission Guidelines:

Minimum finished artwork size must maintain a proportional scale of 7.5” x 23.5”.  Paper can also be picked up at the Jubilee Building (first floor reception), available on a first-come, first-served basis (while quantities last)
This program is open to youth only (under 18 years old, and must live in the region).
Original artwork must be submitted. Photographs of artwork will not be accepted.
Mechanical reproductions of original works are not permitted.
Chosen artwork will be professionally digitalized and transferred on to a 30” x 94” one-sided nylon banner.

Rules and Submission Guidelines:

Please review the submission guidelines as indicated on the Information Package.

When creating your visual artwork, you will be submitting a design for one side of the banner pole. See figure in the Information Package.

Please note: The Information Package provides all the information required to successfully submit your contest entry. Due to the anticipated volume of contest entries, submissions that do not conform to the minimum requirements detailed in this document may be disqualified.

On the back of each submission, include the artist’s full name, phone number, email address, and school.

List of Sports to Help Inspire Designs:

Alpine Skiing
Freestyle Skiing
Speed Skating
Volleyball (Men and Women)
Figure Skating
Hockey (Men and Women)
Synchronized Swimming
Cross-Country Skiing

MOA Shop T-Shirt Design Contest


Submission Deadline: Sunday, April 30, 2017
Want to have your design featured on a MOA t-shirt? All submissions go to

The winning shirt design will be sold exclusively at the MOA Shop for one year. The winning designer will receive a $250 prize and royalties.

If you have any questions, you can forward them on to or contact the shop at 604-827-4810.

Any individual 15-25 years of age who identifies as Indigenous, Aboriginal, First Nations, Inuit, or Métis. International submissions are welcome.

•Design a t-shirt that tells your story.
•What inspires your sense of identity?
•What do terms like Aboriginal, Indigenous, First Nations, Inuit, or Métis mean to you?
•How do you express your heritage, language, and culture?
Rules & Guidelines
•Design must use two colours only and must show up on a white or light-coloured t-shirt.
•Design must fit on the front of the t-shirt (no wrap-around, sleeve, or back designs).
•Design must be submitted using one of these file extensions: .ai, .eps, .pdf, .fxg, or .svg.
•Two entries maximum per artist.

2016 Kim Jenkins Student Art Scholarship winner


Arts Council Wood Buffalo (ACWB) and Suncor are pleased to announce Aleksis Agustin as the 2016 recipient of the Kim Jenkins Student Art Scholarship (KJSAS). The scholarship is part of the Suncor Student Art Awards (SSAA), a partnership program between ACWB and Suncor, which began in 2014. The purpose of the program is to increase the reach and impact of artwork created within the school system and to build the confidence of emerging artists to exhibit their work. The scholarship is a $1500 award given annually to a Grade 12 student pursuing Visual Arts or Design (or similar field) at the post-secondary level upon graduating.

Throughout the year, Suncor hosts three student art exhibitions at their Business Centre: one for Public High Schools, one for Catholic High Schools, and one for Junior High and High School students from both districts. The final joint exhibition showcases the top artwork created during the school year. The scholarship is named for former Catholic School District trustee Kim Jenkins, who championed the importance of the arts for students in the region. Usually the SSAA program, including the scholarship, is wrapped up in June each year. However, due to the fire and evacuation this year, the program was slightly modified. “We were in the middle of transitioning into the final exhibition when the wildfires hit our community,” said ACWB Executive Director, Constance Scarlett. “Despite this, we knew we had to find a way to modify the program so that we could continue to invest in the future of our arts community. These young artists exhibit so much talent and dedication throughout the year, and we did not want that to go unrecognized.”

Aleksis Agustin, the 2016 scholarship recipient, will be studying creative writing and visual arts at the University of British Columbia. She later plans to specialize in illustration. Shauna Kelly, Aleksis’s teacher at Holy Trinity High School, says that she has never had a student with so much determination, drive, and absolute raw talent. “[Aleksis] has a creative mind like no one I’ve ever met and has practiced her craft so much that everything she creates looks effortless.” Aleksis has created work in many mediums, including acrylic, ink, pencil, and watercolour, and her work was showcased in both the 2015 and 2016 SSAA exhibitions.

Suncor will host a reception on September 19 at the Business Centre to recognize Aleksis and the other winners of the 2016 SSAA program prizes. ACWB is grateful to Suncor for their continued dedication to ensuring that the arts community has the resources needed to thrive.

Theatre; Just Because 2016-17 season

All Theatre; Just Because programming is education-based, open to the community, and employs 100% local artists.

Jr. High Play Production Series (for any student enrolled in grades 7,8, or 9) – The Fantastic Mr. Fox 

This year we’re offering a brand-new Play Production Series of workshops for Fort McMurray youth! Join us to work on a production of The Fantastic Mr. Fox by David Wood & Roald Dahl and explore this story through many different avenues — music, movement, acting, and visual art!

Participants will play a role in the production, whether as an actor, assistant stage manager, or backstage support. No matter your role, this program will encourage team work, education, exploration, and professionalism.

Directed by Michelle Thorne and featuring workshops by local guest artists!
Registration opens September 1st at and visit for more information.


Play Reading Nights

Come out to read a role or to listen to the story unfold – your level of participation is completely up to you. These evenings are free to anyone attend (ages 16+), regardless of your level of experience or previous participation in our play readings.

Visit for more information and a full listing of dates.



Our workshops aim to give you the skills you need to excel at your theatrical art form. Whether you’re new to the scene or have dozens of shows under your belt, our focus is to lead you through something new and different – techniques and ideas to take with you to your next audition or project.

These are 3 hour intensive sessions lead by Theatre; Just Because artists and guest artists. Our workshops are open for anyone to register for(ages 16+), regardless of your level of experience. For more information and to sign up visit


Alberta Culture Days

Friday September 30, 2016

In partnership with The Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts, Arts Council Wood Buffalo, and  RMWB we are thrilled to be showing The National Theatre Live’s presentation of Hamlet starring Benedict Cumberbatch. With bar services provided by The Jaguar Lounge and featuring a live Shakespearean introduction starring local actors, this is an event not to be missed. Tickets $20 | 18+ | DOORS OPEN 6PM PRE-SHOW 6:30PM SHOW 7PM


Saturday October 1

Come join Theatre; Just Because at The Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts as we celebrate Alberta Culture Days 2016 with a free workshop!

Have you ever wanted to perform on stage but get overwhelmed at the thought of having to audition?

Join local director and actor Michelle Thorne for this fun and interactive workshop for youth where will give you the knowledge, skills, and tools to eliminate the fear and help you conquer the auditioning process.

Register on line at


Sunday October 2

Come join Theatre; Just Because at The Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts as we celebrate Alberta Culture Days 2016 with a live reading of Joan MacLeod’s The Hope Slide.

Inspired by the infamous rock slide that buried part of the mining town of Frank, Alberta in 1903; The Hope Slide is an immersive portrait of one woman’s struggle to find meaning in the aftermath of the devastation following one of Alberta’s most notorious natural disasters.

Featuring a cast of local actors and directed by Michelle Thorne.

Sunday October 2 | 2pm | SECPA Theatre | FREE ADMISSION


Artstrek 2016 – Theatre Alberta

A summer theatre school for teens

Theatre Alberta encourages students who are considering enrolling in Artstrek to register as soon as possible. For application information, please click here.

For the summer of 2016, Artstrek participants will immerse themselves in a New York City neighbourhood with hip hop beats and Latin-inspired musical arrangements. From the creator of the current Broadway sensation Hamilton, and winner of four 2008 Tony Awards and three 2016 Olivier Awards, In the Heights tells the story of three generations of Washington Heights residents over the Fourth of July holiday.

Exploration I: July 3-8 | Exploration II: July 10-15 | Exploration III: July 17-23