This morning, Albertans woke up to an assessment of the damage
that has been inflicted on the city of Fort McMurray. The damage
caused to this beautiful city is shocking. Thankfully, and somewhat
miraculously, the positive is that no one was hurt. Let's hope
the worst is over.
Most Canadians have not been to Fort McMurray and likely never
will. Kim Moody of our firm grew up in Fort McMurray. His childhood
home was in an area called Beacon Hill. Unfortunately, Beacon Hill
is 80% destroyed. It is likely that his childhood home is now a
pile of ashes. One close family friend of his has lost everything.
They woke up this morning to find out that their home (that they
have owned for 40+ years) and some of their children's homes
have been destroyed. Other members of our firm have family members
or friends that have also been affected.
No matter what your politics or beliefs are, Fort McMurray is
one of the most important—if not THE most
important—economic driver of the Alberta and Canadian
economy. It is filled with down-to-earth, honest, hardworking
people. Fort McMurray is the definition of Alberta. If you've
met a Fort McMurray-ite, you've met a proud Albertan and
While possessions can be destroyed, the spirit and drive of
Albertans cannot. Possessions can be replaced. At this time of
crisis, Albertans will do what we always do... pitch in and help
out our fellow neighbors. As a small example, some of our Edmonton
teammates are already publicly offering their homes as a refuge for
In the days, weeks, and months ahead, the generosity and
resilience of Albertans will once again be on display as an example
of the spirit of all Canadians. In the meantime, please keep Fort
McMurray-ites in your thoughts and prayers. Better yet, please do
something tangible to help out your fellow Canadians.
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