One Fort McMurray business owner has been glad to reconnect with her community.
Kristi Hines, founder of Hines Health Services, left for Calgary last year. She returned to find her home in pieces.
“When I went home, my home has been robbed of $30,000 and ransacke,” said Hines. “And my rental property has burned to the ground, so I felt like I was living in the wild, wild west. ”
Luckily, she has a little help from the local government.
“The one great thing about our community is the municipal government actuallty helped small businesses that were under-insured or struggling financiallly,” she explained. “So we were fortunate that we were back at full operation after three months.”
Not everyone was ready to celebrate the rebuilding and reflection of the wildire that left many devestated. Some residents are still struggling day to day.
But for Kristi Hines, reconnecting with her community has been a positive experience. She appreciates the celebratory nature.
“Fort McMurray has been through a lot,” said Hines. “We’ve been through booms and busts and forest fires, but we’re a tight group, and we’ll definitely pull through and stay strong.”
Hines reconnected with an old coworker and a high school teacher at an anniversary event. (KLM)