Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta 4th Woman of Inspiration 2015-2016 Presented by Syncrude Announced

September 2015

Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta’s 4th Woman of Inspiration 2015-2016 Presented by Syncrude Announced

(Fort McMurray) Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta and Syncrude are proud to announce the 4th nominee for the Women of Inspiration series 2015-2016:

Carna MacEachern

Ms. Carna MacEachern has been a resident of Fort McMurray since 1979.Carna earned her Bachelor of Science degree in 1974 from Mount Allison University and her Bachelor of Education from Mount Allison University in 1979. As a lifelong learner, she continued her post- secondary education by earning her Masters of Business Administration in 1999 through the University of Alberta. She worked on her MBA while working full time as the Guidance Counselor at Westwood Community High School.

As a teacher in the public school system for nearly 30 years, Ms. MacEachern taught math and science to thousands of students, shaping minds and impacting many, many lives. During her teaching career, Carna helped many students and families overcome barriers. She developed and implemented programs for students with special needs, including learning disabilities, physical disabilities and behavioural issues.

Over the years, Carna has provided leadership for others through her countless hours of volunteer and board work. In keeping with her strong belief in education, Carna served on the Keyano College Board of Governors both as a Public Member and as the chair of the Education Committee. Carna also serves as a mentor for the Leadership Wood Buffalo program – a program designed to help participants acquire both a broader understanding of the critical issues affecting our region and the leadership skills necessary to resolve them. Through her time as a mentor, Carna has helped to highlight the opportunities and challenges we face with the RMWB.

The Northern Lights Health Foundation is another organization near and dear to Ms. MacEachern.  Carna has given countless hours fundraising and helping plan special events.

As the Executive Director of the Wood Buffalo Association, Carna worked with the Board to build stronger relationships with the First Nations and Metis communities within the region. Carna believes strongly in the importance of incorporating Traditional Environmental Knowledge into environmental monitoring within the region. Carna’s personable and open approach to life has allowed her to cultivate meaningful relationships with individuals and communities and has resulted in a positive and proactive sense of community. Carna is an inspiration to many women and girls that have had the opportunity of knowing her. As an exceptional leader who is impassioned about her work and community she is an inspiration to all and is a perfect example of a strong, smart and bold woman.

Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta and Syncrude will honour Carna MacEachern and 11 other nominees, at the Women of Inspiration Celebration which will take place in June, 2016.

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 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