Russell Thomas is a dedicated husband and father and a fierce advocate of Wood Buffalo and the BIG SPIRIT that sets us apart from any other place on earth. For the past 18 years he has been a strong proponent of arts, culture and festivity and the role that celebration and expression play in building quality of life. He has also been active in building a stronger social profit sector.

A graduate of the inaugural class of Leadership Wood Buffalo, Thomas credits lessons learned and relationships built through that program as the seeds that blossomed into the creation of Events Wood Buffalo, an organization that grew out of the Fort McMurray interPLAY Society and  substantially enhanced special events and festivity in our region for a number of years. 

Russell spent 14 years at Keyano College, including 7 years as Director of Marketing and Communications. He served as interim Executive Director with Arts Council Wood Buffalo before accepting a role with The United Way of Fort McMurray as Director of Communications and Community Impact. He also is co-owner of Birdsong Connections with his beautiful wife, Heather.

Russell Thomas is a professional communicator and thinks the ability to connect with a broad range of people through the Internet is an extraordinary thing. He encourages you to seek him out, ask questions, and share your perspectives.  

Take time to read the Middle Age Bulge blog. Started in 2009 as a motivator to lose weight, these blog posts include great stories and Russell's personal perspective of life in Wood Buffalo, parenthood, marriage and community leadership. ​
About Russell
"We need to do things differently and better, together."

- Brenda Robinson, 
The Robcan Group

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