Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta 2nd Woman of Inspiration 2014-2015 Presented by Syncrude Announced

(Fort McMurray) Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta and Syncrude are proud to announce the 2nd nominee for the Women of Inspiration series 2014-2015:

Theresa Wells

Theresa Wells is well known within the community for promoting Fort McMurray and the Wood Buffalo region through her various freelance writing pursuits, including being a regular contributor to Huffington Post Alberta, YMM Magazine, North Word and Connect Weekly. In her role as Communications Coordinator at the Regional Recreation Corporation of Wood Buffalo she works to promote excellence in sport and recreation throughout all the facilities under that organization, and ensures the community is kept informed of upcoming events and programs.

As the mother of a young daughter, Theresa is particularly drawn to events and activities that affect not only her daughter but also other young women in our region. She has served on parent council at Beacon Hill Public School and Ecole McTavish Junior High School, and continues to actively contribute to the schools in the community through her advocacy for their events and causes. Theresa has since become a permanent feature in the media pool at events big and small treating each event with her true nature of honesty and compassion for the cause they represent.

Theresa has also represented our community on provincial and national television and radio, taking up community causes ranging from roads to the image of this region. Her advocacy work on the issue of expediting the twinning of Highway 63 garnered national attention when her passionate blog postings on the subject were shared across the country, attracting over 25,000 readers to her blog in just over two days. Her blog, entitled McMurray Musings, is extremely well known and received across Canada. During the course of writing her blog she has spent time with several prominent individuals as she works to spread a positive message about the community of the Wood Buffalo region.

She gladly gives freely of her time to assist others in need. She has routinely volunteered for events such as CanadaROCKS and interPLAY, where she has hosted the artist hospitality venues and had the opportunity to share her positive story of life in this region with visiting performers from around the world. This past year she also performed as a celebrity dancer in “Dancing with the Stars Wood Buffalo”, a fundraiser for the Fort McMurray SPCA that required a significant commitment of time and effort.

In recognition of all of her efforts and accomplishments Theresa recently received the Fort McMurray Tourism Gold Star Award for Outstanding Media and Communications. Named by Alberta Venture Magazine as one of the top Twitter influencers in the province in 2013, she uses her social media skills to promote the work of non-profit organizations, community events and the image of the Wood Buffalo region. Her most recent ambition is to share her understanding of the world of social media with our local youth through a free workshop designed to explain both the positive and negative aspects of social media use.

What is most remarkable is that she has accomplished all this in just the three short years she has been writing her blog, and subsequently beginning her career as a freelance writer and communications professional.

Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta and Syncrude will honour Theresa  and 11 other nominees, at the Women of Inspiration Celebration which will take place in June 2015 at the Sawridge Hotel.

The Women of Inspiration is a partnership between Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta and Syncrude, with a goal to recognize women throughout the Wood Buffalo region who inspire others, break new ground or old barriers and help create change. The series also aims to show local girls positive role models who live right here.

To nominate a woman of inspiration, please visit our website at www.girlsincofnorthernalberta.org or contact the Girls Inc. office at 780-790-9236.

For more information, please contact:

Ann Dort-MacLean
Executive Director
Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta
Phone: 780-790-9236
Email: girlsinc@telus.net