Some neighbourhoods stand out for their historic charm, others for their picturesque tree-lined streets or trendy cafés and restaurants. But the single most important factor that elevates a good neighbourhood to the ranks of Best Neighbourhood is simple — it’s the people.
Good neighbours are a great thing to have when you need to borrow a cup of sugar. But they’re especially useful when, in the midst of a worldwide pandemic, floodwaters rise to historic levels driving you and upwards of 15,000 of your fellow residents to evacuate your homes. All of this occurred in spring 2020 in Fort McMurray, AB, within days of the fourth anniversary of a devastating fire that drove everyone from their homes.
It’s moments like these that define neighbourhoods and call on communities to show what they’re made of. In trying times, you can witness neighbours reaching out helping hands, business owners assisting fellow business owners and families opening their doors to other families. This is exactly what Fort McMurray has done, time and time again.
As a company that proudly attributes much of its success to the people and community of Fort McMurray, Syncrude has always been determined to help out however it could – whether it meant sending in its Emergency Response crews to protect homes and neighbourhoods during the 2016 wildfire, helping its community stay safe during the COVID-19 lockdown, or having its Tailings team pump out millions of gallons from flood zones in 2020.
“With all the hardship we’ve been through this year, and in years past, our community has come together like family,” says Doreen Cole, Managing Director of Syncrude. “Together we stand, together we will rebuild our community, and together we will secure the prosperity of our Fort McMurray family, our region and our province.” To find out how Syncrude continues to make a difference in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, visit their website here.
Syncrude congratulates the residents of this year’s Best Neighbourhoods because it knows the best neighbourhoods are built by the welcoming smiles and outstretched hands of great neighbours.
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