It's been a year since The Globe and Mail set up house in Fort McMurray. While we set out to examine the effects on the town of getting incredibly wealthy, populous and diverse in a very short time, we arrived just as world oil prices started to sink. Instead, we found ourselves writing about a community that was steeling itself against job losses but also optimistic about outliving the boom-bust cycle by relying on its tenacity, its youth and its spirit of hope – all the things that had brought people from all over the world to this former fur-trading outpost.
From the librarian who re-invented herself as a leading lady in Cabaret, to the men and women of diverse Muslim cultures united in their dream of building a new mosque, to the Filipina woman who went from nanny to haul-truck driver, Fort McMurray showed us a richness that went beyond the value of the crude oil buried in the sands that had previously defined it.
Here's a look at some of the highlights: