Mary Thomas

MARY THOMAS

Mary Thomas is a communications professional with a wealth of experience in media and management. Since immigrating to Canada 8 years ago, she has held a number of portfolios including the Making Fort McMurray our Home show on KAOS radio, Meet the world in Wood Buffalo amd Melange TV Shows on Shaw,a journalist for Fort McMurray Today and snapd Wood Buffalo, Corporate Trainer at Keyano, Communications Coordinator for Leadership Wood Buffalo and Family Crisis Society. An active volunteer and community advocate, Mary Thomas has an MSc in Nutrition and Dietetics, has lived in many countries around the globe, speaks 6 languages and is passionate about community development and building diversity in the arts. She has a penchant for cooking, music, yoga, hiking, volunteering and empowering people to achieve their dreams. Mary served as the Executive Director, Multicultural Association of Wood Buffalo and with great commitment and dedication grew the organisation from 2 to 9 staff and 650,000 turnover in 3 years with a wide range of successful programs, events and initiatives like the quarterly online publication Confluence and the TV Show each drawing quite the fan following. She also set up the CISOC training program for interpreters in the community, raising the bar for interpretation services being offered in the region. She has been recognised by Girls Inc of Northern AB as the Woman of Inspiration 2013 and at the Mayor and Council Toast of Champions 2014 for her tireless efforts in developing Alberta Culture Days in the city. Mary moved to Edmonton after the fire and joined DIVERSITY Magazine and further went on to take up the leadership of the Clareview Multicultural Centre. She has recently launched her new talk show Melange on Shaw TV Edmonton and is on the Steering committee of the Inter Racial Alliance Edmonton and Area and Student Exchange Coordinator for the Rotary Club NE Edmonton. She handles a home with 2 teenagers and teaches Indian Cookery in her spare time.