Doug McGill is the president of Blackstone Developments Inc., receiver of 2022 BILD Central Alberta’s Best Community Development Award for the of the visionary, nature-based community of Sixty West and its commercial area, Waterford Station.
Doug created Blackstone Developments with his wife Lorraine in 2012, with the goal of bringing a deeper and more personal sense of community to Sylvan Lake, where they have called home since 1998. Doug remains very involved with the lake town, supporting events and attractions that help make Sylvan Lake a lake-town for all seasons.
"We feel very honoured for our development to be recognized in this way by our industry peers in the BILD Association."
Lorraine McGill, the amazing and beloved woman who created the amazing vision of Sixty West.
We are very sad to share that after a brave battle with Cancer, Joy Lorraine (Jackson) McGill (Oct 11, 1946 - April 4, 2023) shed her earthly pain. She was surrounded by her treasured family and the love she had nurtured all her life.
Family was most important to Lorraine, especially her children, Tamara, Allison, Lee and Kate. She was her kids’ biggest champion and supported their every dream and endeavor, no matter where it took them. She was a devoted Grandmother (Nanna) to Magnus, Layla, Kaylin, Chloe and Maddox, and so proud of each of them. Lorraine adored and looked up to her brothers, she was beloved by nieces and nephews and cherished by all.
Married for 52 years, Lorraine was a constant inspiration to her husband, Doug. Partners in every way, to him she was a lover of life, believer in miracles and the fulfiller of dreams come true. Lorraine was a lifelong seeker of spiritual growth, with strong faith, and was a true compass to all who connected with her.
Lorraine will be deeply missed by all whose lives she touched. She saw magnificence in places others may have overlooked and she brought beauty into everything she did. She freely shared her experiences, her joys, her sorrows and, most of all, her love. She was a loyal and kind friend and neighbour, a visionary in every sense of the word, a strong supporter of women in business and, to her, “no” simply meant she just needed to find – or create – a new path. Always.
Tanis has been a vital member of the Sixty West and Blackstone Developments Inc. team for over three years.
With her bachelors degree in commerce combined with her previous business experience, Tanis is the trusted and valued face for all of Sixty West and Waterford Station's builders, businesses and new home owners.
"It is exciting to be part of the Sixty West development team and witness the community vision come to fruition. I love watching people’s dreams turn to reality as they make Sixty West their home at the lake."
Louise Gibson of Gibson Development Management and Sixty West's valued business consultant, was awarded The Honorary Life Membership Award by Urban Development Institute (UDI) Edmonton Metro at its 23rdAnnual Spirit Awards.
Louise began her career as a planner with the Province of Alberta and City of Edmonton then later joined Carma Developers, where she was instrumental in the visioning, master planning and development of Terwillegar Towne, Summerside, and The Orchards, Sixty West is fortunate to have her on our team.
Gibson maintains that collaboration of all areas of the industry: builders, contractors, consultants – and the competition are key to community development success.
As an author and journalist, Janaia is thrilled to be able to use her creative talents to share the vision of the nature based community of Sixty West and the amazing potential of its unique urban village, Waterford Station.
After living in Sylvan Lake and then moving away for over 20 years, Janaia is happy to be back to once again call Sylvan Lake "home."