The official Torch Relay “Carry the Spirit presented by Suncor.” is proudly presented by Diamond Sponsor, Suncor and includes stops in Fort McKay, Anzac, Janvier, Conklin and Fort Chipewyan. Each community stop includes local Torchbearers carrying the torch along route.
“As a long-standing community partner with deep roots in the region, we are proud to help carry the spirit of the Games to communities across the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo,” said Mark Little, executive vice-president, Upstream, Suncor Energy. “The Torch Relay is a great opportunity for all to take an active role in the Games, cheer on the torchbearers and show the rest of Western Canada what the residents of our great local communities are made of.”
Meet your 2015 Wood Buffalo “Carry the Spirit presented by Suncor” Official Torch Bearers for Fort McMurray
Bailey is 14 years old and has contributed to Fort McMurray’s anti-bullying and mental health care community. After losing her twin sister, Bailey and her parents founded Morgan’s Mission: a charity for awareness of bullying, education on mental health, suicide prevention and overall ending the mental health stigma. Bailey loves all sports but is most looking forward to soccer as it is her new found love.
Dawn is 32 and has contributed to Fort McMurray’s volunteer force. Dawn believes that volunteering in the Wood Buffalo community is very important making her a perfect Torch Bearer for the Games! She is most looking forward to seeing the community come together to celebrate the Games, the ceremonies and having the visitors come to our home of Wood Buffalo. Her favorite sports to watch are tennis and wrestling.
Nathaniel is 13 years old and was involved in Fort McMurray’s Junior Curler community. Nathaniel has also given back in that he raised $9000 for African Wells Fund. While in Tanzania, Nathaniel visited schools and hiked Mt. Kilimanjaro. He is continuously raising funds for the schools he visited there. Nathaniel is most excited about the elite Canadian athletes who are going to be visiting Wood Buffalo!
Monica is a 37 year old Fort McMurray local. She has been actively involved with sports all her life and actually co-led the 2015 WCSG Bid so that the Games could be hosted in Fort McMurray! Monica has led portions of many other events in Wood Buffalo such as summer programs, Canada Day, and the Northern Kick-off. Having played badminton as a College Athlete, Monica is very excited about the overall celebration and promotion of sport and participation. She strongly believes in sports as it builds foundational skills in people’s lives especially youth.
Gabby is a 12 year old Fort McMurray Athlete. Gabby plays competitive soccer, swims regularly, and plays on her school’s basketball team. She also participates in Girl Guides. Gabby has had a unique role with the Games as she named our Mascot Mistiko! Gabby is most looking forward to watching soccer with her pal Mistiko and carrying the Torch through the Fort McMurray community.
Riel Webb was born and raised in Fort McMurray. Riel started boxing in the 1970s and retired in 1981. He’s fought in matches all over the world including Ireland, Holland, and Norway. After retiring he continued as a judge and referee as he loved the sport. Riel is looking forward to the Opening Ceremonies because of his memories of being an athlete were so full of anticipation and excitement at those events. Most importantly Riel is honored to be carrying the torch through his home town of Fort McMurray.
Mitch is an Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation born and raised in Fort Chipewyan and now lives in Fort McMurray. He is the perfect Wood Buffalo representative to run the Torch through Fort McMurray. Mitch is a family man and is the President of NAABA (Northeastern Alberta Aboriginal Business Association). Mitch is also a drummer, singer and Grass Dancer. Mitch loves sports and even played on the Keyano Huskies Volleyball team. Mitch believes that our culture and ancestry must be preserved and passed onto the youth of the Wood Buffalo people
Cassandra is a 21 year old Fort McMurray local. Cassandra plays and loves softball. Over the last 5 years she played for Edmonton Warriors ‘A’ Level Fastball. She now has a scholarship to play softball for Graceland University. Cassandra is most looking forward to watching softball and to show our community what this highly competitive level is all about!