Fort McMurray

Hosted by Centre of Hope, Stepping Stones Youth Services and Wood Buffalo Wellness Society

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It's cold out there. The Coldest Night of the Year is a family-friendly walk that raises money for charities serving hungry, homeless, and hurting people in our community. Walk with us on February 22, 2020!

About Centre of Hope

The Centre of Hope is located in the heart of downtown Fort McMurray. We are a daytime drop-in centre for those living in homelessness in our municipality. Practicing from a client centered approach, our goal is to assist individuals in moving forward toward self-sufficiency in their lives.

Our Vision

“To have a positively impacted community through the prevention of homelessness.”

The entire Centre of Hope Team have a passion to bring about change in the lives of every patron who accesses our agency. We are invested in growing our skills and knowledge so that we can be strong professional agents of change for the homeless. We strive to be advocates for the homeless in the community. We value the inherit dignity and worth of every single individual who enters our doors and becomes part of the Centre of Hope family. We demand that every individual who comes to the Centre is treated with respect. We pride ourselves on the fact that we foster an environment whereby our patrons feel no judgment, no shame, and that we care for them unconditionally. We meet our patrons where they are at, and work tirelessly every day to bring about positive change in their lives.

About Stepping Stones Youth Services

Wood’s Homes is a children’s mental health centre providing treatment and support for children, youth and their families. Our 500+ staff and volunteers help us provide 40+ mental health programs and services to more than 20,000 children, youth and their families every year. In addition to our work in Calgary, we work in Lethbridge, Strathmore and Fort McMurray. Rich in history, we are a place of caring and trust. Wood’s Homes is a place where children and families can turn to for help when they feel they have nowhere else to go. We Never Say No. We Never Give up. We Never Turn Anyone Away.

Stepping Stones is safe place for young people in Fort McMurray to stay, and for parents and caregivers to get support. The Stepping Stones program provides a range of services from short term to long term stays, stabilization and transitional services for youth ages 12 to 17 years. The program is open 24 hours a day with crisis services when needed. Young people who use the service are struggling with issues related to family conflict, addictions/mental health issues, homelessness and legal difficulties. Stepping Stones works with youth and their families to determine their needs and discuss plans for each discharge. The length of stay is unique to each client. Stepping Stones also provides community referrals to those families with the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo who don’t require the use of the home, but do requires some assistance with parenting and supports.

About Wood Buffalo Wellness Society

The Wood Buffalo Wellness Society provides Indigenous Service delivery to those who are at risk of, and are experiencing homelessness in our community. Any funds raised go directly back to our programs that assist participants in locating affordable housing and providing basic needs. The Wood Buffalo Wellness Society operates under the Housing First Model, and firmly believes that housing is a basic human right.

Event Day Details

Save the date - Event Day is February 22, 2020!

The Coldest Night of the Year is a family-friendly walk that raises money for charities serving hungry, homeless, and hurting people in our community.


We're working on finalizing our Start location - check back soon!


Here's the schedule for Event Day:

  • 4 pm: Registration opens
  • 5 pm: Opening Ceremonies
  • 5:15 pm: Walk begins (all distances)
  • 6 pm: Registration closes
  • 6 pm: Meal service begins
  • 8 pm: Route closes, meal service ends

Yummy Food on Event Day:

Between 6:00 and 8:00 pm a warm, light meal will be served to all walkers and volunteers.


Registration Process:

  • Registration opens at 4:00 pm.
  • All walkers must check-in at registration upon arrival.
  • Check out the What to Bring section below.

Have questions? Visit our FAQ section!

Registration Types:

  • Children 0-10: Free to participate (but you'll need to raise $75 to earn a toque)
  • Youth 11-17: Fundraise $75+ to earn your CNOY toque or pay the $25 registration fee
  • Adult 18+: Fundraise $150+ to earn your CNOY toque or pay the $25 registration fee

Route Details

  • Route Distances: 2 km, 5 km, or 10 km walks.
  • Rest stops are available on all routes.
  • All routes will be well signed.
  • Route marshals, rest stop attendants, and sweep vehicle drivers will provide support along the route.
  • All walkers 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.

What to Bring

  • Cheques made out to Coldest Night of the Year and cash donations
  • A completed Pledge Form or My Results Form if you’re bringing cash or cheques
  • You're 17 years and under, or
  • You didn’t sign up online before event day
  • Good waterproof shoes/boots for walking
  • Warm coat and mitts
  • A cell phone for emergencies (recommended but not required)
  • Extra food or snacks if you have allergies or food sensitivities
  • A passion for the charity you're walking for

Contact Us

Centre of Hope

Rosie Keating Executive Director
Toll Free 1.877.743.3413 / Phone 519.603.2250
Email info@cnoy.org

Stepping Stones Youth Services

Deb Skoropad Program Supervisor
Toll Free 1.877.743.3413 / Phone 519.603.2250
Email info@cnoy.org

Wood Buffalo Wellness Society

Cassie Gensorek Team Lead
Toll Free 1.877.743.3413 / Phone 519.603.2250
Email info@cnoy.org

Got questions about the Coldest Night of the Year?
info@cnoy.org | 1.877.743.3413