From divisive politics to the economic downturn, it's been a tough year for Albertans.
But, in times of adversity we step up to support each other. And boy, did we ever in 2015, with outpourings of donations for Syrian refugees to spreading messages of peace and love.
Nice work, Alberta. Let's make it our New Year's resolution to keep up the kindness in 2016.
Here some of the best feel-good stories of 2015:
Children's Wish Alberta
Six-year-old Mabel Tooke has been battling cancer since 2013
but in September, she fought crime instead.
Mable began reading 1960s-era Spiderman comics after she was diagnosed with leukemia, her family said. She took a liking to the character because he was the closest superhero to a human being, and because they both had radioactive blood, a side effect of cancer treatment.
The city of Edmonton came together to stage a special day for Mable. She worked together with Mayor Don Iveson, the police department, and West Edmonton Mall to help recapture Oilers' captain Andrew Ference and save the city.
(See the day's adorable events unfold here.
Twelve-year-old Ethan Jogola of Mayerthorpe, Alta., has always dreamed of going to space, despite struggling with cystic fibrosis.
On Oct. 1, the Make-A-Wish Foundation helped Jogola with some inspiration for his future space travel, by flying him out to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Cape Canaveral, Fla.
, where he met former astronaut and the first man on the moon, Buzz Aldrin.
Aldrin gave the aspiring astronaut his seal of approval for future missions.
"Yeah, he wants me to go to Mars," Jogola told CBC News.
Kids Up Front Calgary/Facebook
A firefighter with Downtown Fire Station 1 in Calgary was paddleboarding to work in August when he spotted a cell phone in the riverbed.
He dove down to retrieve it, and brought it back to the station where he dried it out.
Without a way to contact the owner, the firefighters started posting "selfies" of the phone's activities on owner Nathan Buhler's Facebook. Eventually the phone and Buhler were reunited
Natalie D'Aoust Photography
Jodi and Ted Parent's son, Cole, passed away from brain cancer in December 2012. In November 2015, the couple was looking to take a family portrait with their newborn daughter, but still wanted to include Cole somehow in the photos.
Enter Edmonton photographer, Natalie D'Aoust, who suggested bringing an old photo of Cole into the new photos, which turned out beautifully.
"When they told me about Cole, I asked if we could do this for them and they were thrilled by the idea of having Cole in their photos
with them — where he belongs," D'Aoust said.
Calgary Humane Society
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