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Kerri Johnson-Leland, Managing Editor
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Your McMurray Magazine has announced its Top 50 Under 50 of 2020, as well as this year’s YMM Builders award recipients.

 Due to the Government of Alberta’s mandatory COVID measures, the Class of 2020 couldn’t be celebrated in the traditional live event format. However, each recipient will receive their recognition with an award and will be featured through YMM’s media outlets.   

“Although this year looks very different from years’ past, celebrating each of these individuals and their contributions to our community is just as exciting as ever,” said Krista Balsom, president of Balsom Communications. “Shining the spotlight on the Top 50 and the YMM Builders has really brightened 2020 for all of us.”

In celebration of the fifth annual Top 50 Under 50, Your McMurray Magazine has also created a microsite to feature the Class of 2020 to bring a new element to the online community with a user-friendly format. The publication hopes to bring the entire Top 50 Under 50 alumni to this platform soon. 

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“The new platform allows us to showcase the Top 50 Under 50 program with its own space with one direct focus,” said Dawn Booth, editor-in-chief of Your McMurray Magazine.  

“The program has many moving parts. We collaborate with community partners, work with creative teams and also now celebrate (for its second year) the YMM Builders of our region. We hope this new site helps make it easier for our readers to navigate through everything we work hard to showcase.”

Each year, the Top 50 Under 50 award is given to trailblazers, hard workers and behind-the-scenes philanthropists. Each person has a unique story with one common bond — they are passionate and committed to the place we call home and make our region stronger for the way they lead their lives with unity, and impact others to do the same.

This year marks Your McMurray Magazine’s fifth annual Top 50 Under 50 program, which has allowed the magazine to tell the stories and highlight over 250 residents in the Wood Buffalo region to-date.

Thoughtfully selected after hours of deliberation by a dedicated volunteer panel of community ambassadors, here is Your McMurray Magazine’s official Top 50 Under 50 of 2020:

Ailyn Herrera 

Alanna Bottrell-King 

Alexandra Tarasenco 

Amanda Chubbs 

Amanda Haitas 

Andrea Hine 

Arndis Arnold 

Ashley Brockway 

Ashley Laurenson and Steve Reeve

Ashley Shears Matei and 

Jamie Matei 

Brent Mackay 

Brooke Voigt 

Byron Fediuk 

Christina Traverse

Christopher Whalen 

Clayton Altares 

Crystal Mercredi  

DJ Jon QPid 

Dr. Raman Kumar 

Hany Ali 

Jaime Harpe 

Jason Beck 

Jinan Daqqa 

Joe MccArville 

Joseph Enverga 

Justin Herman 

Katie Ekroth 

Kayla Lushman 

Kevin Garbuio 

Kg Banjoko 

Krystell and Tim O’Hara

Luay Eljamal

Malcolm Setter

Matthew Hough 

Mehar Rashid  

Mike Booth

Mitchel Bowers 

Nanase Tonda 

Nate Catto 

Patricia Scantlebury 

Rebecca Chartrand 

RJ Steenstra 

Steph and Sky Seidel

Steve Kean 

Tammie Tuccaro 

Tito Guillen 

TJ Carabeo 

Tom Gear 

Tyler Cole

Will Collins

In 2019, the YMM Builders award recognition was incorporated into Your McMurray Magazine’s annual Top 50 Under 50 program to credit and celebrate the “Builders of Our Community”. 

Each selected recipient represents the legacy of the Wood Buffalo region. They have helped pave the way for the region’s growth, development, sustainability and community spirit. 

The recipients of 2020’s YMM Builder awards, presented by Casman, are Eric Newell, Jim Carter, and Norm and Sheila Sutton.

 To read more about 2020’s Top 50 Under 50, and the YMM Builders, visit www.yourmcmurraymagazine.com/top50.

If you would like to become involved in the selection process for 2021 or would like to nominate an individual, please email Dawn Booth at dawn@balsom.ca

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Kerri Johnson-Leland

Kerri kicked off her career with the CBC Edmonton {television} News, but transitioned into print media after her {now teenagers} were born. She uses social media to tell her story on the daily, and believes there is no such thing as kissing dogs too much. She laughs loudly, gets extraordinarily weird if she doesn’t eat on a regular schedule, and has a quiet fascination for marionettes, stemming from that one scene with the puppet goats in The Sound of Music. She fills her free time with her partner, plotting ways to have fun and find new adventures together, and she fills her professional hours crafting ways to connect people through creative storytelling and authentic communication.

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