Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta’s 9th Annual Woman of Inspiration 2015-2016 Presented by Syncrude Announced

Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta’s 9th Woman of Inspiration 2015-2016 Presented by Syncrude Announced

(Fort McMurray) Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta and Syncrude are proud to announce the 9th nominee for the Women of Inspiration series 2015-2016:

Krista Balsom

Krista has called Fort McMurray home since 2001. She graduated from Westwood Community High School and went off to the University of Ottawa to study political science. She used her university experience to secure a position as a Legislative Assistant in the House of Commons. It was in Ottawa where she honed her skills in public relations.

In 2009, Ms. Balsom returned to Fort McMurray. She combined her passion for the community, with her background in public relations and at a young age started a magazine for everyone who lives, works and plays in Fort McMurray –“Your McMurray Magazine.” The success of her first magazine, led her to start up Fort McMurray’s Child Magazine. As a local resource for families, it covers topics such as health, education and recreation specific to the region.  Both magazines fall under the umbrella of Balsom Communications, a communications company that passionately shares the positive stories of Fort McMurray and surrounding communities.

Krista has developed a keen business sense and is undaunted by the magnitude of starting and maintaining two publications. She works tirelessly to network and engage with the community, volunteering hundreds of hours each year to many different causes and organizations. She currently sits on two local Boards – the Fort McMurray United Way and the HIV North Society. Krista is a strong supporter of the Wood Buffalo Food Bank, the Northern Lights Health Foundation, Fort McMurray Heritage Society, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Waypoints and many others. She believes in promoting and supporting those organizations that improve the quality of life for those in the region. Her philosophy – if she can find the time, she will be there.

Ms. Balsom married and became a step mom to two wonderful children. She shares her passion for life with her step children by mentoring and encouraging them to participate in the community. She promotes the importance of volunteering and helps instil in them the meaning of ‘giving back to the community.’

Krista encourages other young women to reach their potential and she makes herself accessible to talk to girls about the media and communication. She willingly shares her experiences and challenges in her quest for success and happiness. Krista is a positive role model for young girls as she shares her mantra in life “Dreaming it is the first step in making it reality.”

Be it as a successful business person, community activist, step mom, or mentor, Krista demonstrates vision, creativity and initiative in everything she does.

Krista Balsom is truly an Inspirational Woman.

Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta and Syncrude will honour Krista 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