Celebrity Dancer, Communications Coordinator, MacDonald Island
Theresa Wells is the author of the popular McMurray Musings blog, which she juggles with freelance writing, a position as the Communications Coordinator at the Regional Recreation Corporation, being a mom to 14-year old daughter and partner-in-crime Sam, and caring for a menagerie of pets that seem to have found their way into her home and decided to stay for the long haul. Along for the daily ride through life are Cassie, the "good thing she is cute" Irish Terrier, Sirius Black the mischievous cat, and ferrets Abu (the fat one), Zazzles (the OCD one), and River (the cuddly one).
Having been in Fort McMurray for twelve years, Theresa has become actively involved in parent councils, volunteer organizations, and politics. Serving as secretary on various parent councils over the years as well as communications manager for a provincial election candidate, she has used her dubious writing skills to promote whatever cause that has caught her attention. Having grown up in Saskatoon and after spending her twenties in Toronto, Theresa has found Fort McMurray to be her true home.
With a recent activity list that includes being a presenter at TEDx Fort McMurray 2013, serving as a guest blogger at Huffington Post Alberta and never turning down an interview request, Theresa has done her best to serve her community through her advocacy for making Fort McMurray a better place for all; to live, work and play.
When Theresa was approached to participate as a guest dancer, she was hesitant due to her less than stellar dancing skills, but decided to join the fun because the Fort McMurray SPCA is very close to her heart for many reasons, not the least of which being two of the pets which she and Sam cherish, have found their way to them through the SPCA. The beloved rascal Sirius Black Cat, who has found his own fame through blog posts, newspaper columns, Instagram and a Twitter account, was found in the SPCA Cat Room, where he conned his way into their hearts by pretending he likes to cuddle. What he kept hidden is that far from being the class cuddler, he is the class clown, and is the cat most likely to break things, climb the drapes, and get stuck in the refrigerator. Little River the ferret was also an SPCA adoptee, and quickly weaseled her way into the hearts of both her fellow ferrets and her adoring human companions.
For these reasons and many more Theresa decided to put aside her fears, buy some dancing shoes and work towards raising some money for the SPCA, an organization that celebrates and fosters the human-animal bond that she has treasured her entire life.