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Kerri Johnson-Leland, Managing Editor
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For a second time, Your McMurray Magazine (YMM) introduces the Best of YMM – Reader’s Choice program presented by Casman and Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo Economic Development & Tourism (FMWBEDT).

Starting today at 1 p.m, residents will have the opportunity to nominate their favourites in the Wood Buffalo region from 40 different topics in four categories with the program’s relaunch.

The nominations are open until January 29, 2021. Once the nominations close, the voting process will begin to determine the finalist from the top five for each topic. Voting will take place from February 1 to February 12, 2021.

New to the program is the Best of Virtually Anything category to recognize those who devoted their time and quickly adapted to this new world setting with virtual events and programs. Overall, the program will continue honouring the hard-working business owners that have been adjusting and readjusting through the constraints of these circumstances, as Your McMurray Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief explains.

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“We are bringing the Reader’s Choice program back with an additional category dedicated to our current times. We believe we had some incredible efforts of community betterment come through in the past several months, thanks to the people who live here, and we’d like to help shine the spotlight on their achievements,” said Dawn Booth. “We are further happy to welcome Casman and Tourism to join us in facilitating the program.”

For the first time, the program is partnering with Casman and the Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo Economic Development & Tourism because they foster the same interests of creating community opportunities and celebrating residents in their achievements.

“Casman and our people have always been very proud to live and support other local business people, both through our projects and also personally. We live, work and play here. Our team is beyond excited to partner with Your McMurray Magazine and our tourism industry to recognize and celebrate all of the outstanding vendors and service providers in our community in so many unique categories,” said Margie Shenduk, Director of Operations at Casman.

Michael Sieger, Vice President of Tourism, FMWBEDT, further describes how the region offers many adventurous experiences thanks to the driving force of the people who create them for others through exceptional customer service.

“We are proud to be a partner in the Best of YMM project. This region is naturally inspired and endlessly unexpected,” said Sieger. “During these challenging times, we at Tourism have been actively exploring our big backyard. Through our video series, we have hope to have inspired our residents to explore all of the unique adventures and experiences our region has to offer. In the near future, we are confident that travel will return, and we are hopeful that what we have been able to showcase will inspire our residents to invite their friends and family to visit us. I can’t wait to see who tops our Best of YMM list in 2021.”

Residents of the Wood Buffalo region can nominate and vote one per day. The full list of categories and official rules can be found online at www.yourmcmurraymagazine.com/bestofymm.

About the Best of YMM program

Your McMurray Magazine is hosting the Best of YMM for a second time through its reader’s choice program.

Your McMurray Magazine shares the nomination and voting announcements on its social media platforms and through its newsletter. Nominations and voting are by any resident living within the Wood Buffalo region with one nomination or vote per day.

The first round begins with nominations sent in by the public through our Best of YMM form to calculate the top five finalists. For the second round, the public votes for their favourite from each of the categories.

Residents and businesses can self-nominate and vote once a day. They are also encouraged to share the nomination and voting forms on their social media platforms to let others know to take part.

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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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