Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People 2012
Meet the people who are changing your world – and find out how they’re doing it
by Max Fawcett, Michael Ganley, Alix Kemp and Geoffrey Morgan
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Nobody who lives in Slave Lake will ever forget the summer of 2011. In May, a wildfire destroyed more than a third of the town, including hundreds of homes. The fire was one of the most costly disasters in Canadian history, with insurance claims totalling over $700 million. In July, nature struck again, this time with heavy rains that caused significant flooding and displaced families that had already lost homes in the fire. Mayor Karina Pillay-Kinnee guided her community through the disaster, and it’s in part thanks to her that, a year later, Slave Lake is recovering, and even thriving. Pillay-Kinnee is working with both the Municipal District of Lesser Slave Lake and the Sawridge First Nation to plan for the long-term recovery of the Slave Lake region. She has also been the face of the community for those outside Slave Lake, discussing the challenges the town faces as it rebuilds.