It might seem hard to believe but the dynamic Kyla Getty, the original ‘McMurray Girl,’ was once a nine-to-fiver, plodding along in the same routine day after day. “My husband was self-employed, and I decided that I needed to be the one to provide the stability of working a full-time job,” says Getty. One night, after much soul-searching, Getty says she decided to break free of her self-imposed shackles and chase down her dream of being her own boss
“Devoting eight hours a day to play by the rules of someone else is a huge part of one’s life to give away. I wanted to feel like I was in control of my life 24 hours a day, so I took a huge risk and a leap of faith,” Gettysays.
Out of that leap, McMurray Girl magazine, a publication dedicated to enlightening, inspiring and empoweringwomen, was born. Today, Getty’s efforts includes the popular magazine, the “McMurray Girl Show” on Shaw TV and the McMurray Girl Success Network, a social networking group for local women.
Getty says she was inspired to launch the magazine by the women of Fort McMurray themselves. “In any community, it’s important to build strong female role models. Fort McMurray is much more progressive than what the rest of the world may think in this regard. Strong women are at the helm of business throughout our region, from oilsands VPs to our fantastic mayor,” says Getty. “It’s important that this be passed down to upcoming generations of females in Fort McMurray, so that they see just what is possible.”
“Leading by example is a great way to show our youth that there really are no obstacles a woman can’t overcome,” she adds.
Getty says she hopes to stand as an example to other women in the community chasing a seeminglyimpossible dream. “We don’t need to fit within the molds of cookie-cutter job offerings,” she says. “Even in a region so defined around a particular industry, a woman can find happiness and success doing anything she decides.”
Getty has come under fire for the title of her publication, but she argues that the term ‘girl’ has an unfair stigma. “I was once criticized for referring to the women of our community as ‘girls.’ I’m not sure if this person had even read the magazine because clearly, I advocate strong females!” Getty says wryly. “McMurray Girls are enlightened, inspired and empowered individuals. The traits of the women I meet and feature.”
“And yes, we have some fun too,” she adds. “Because it’s good to be a girl!”