The 2017 Western Legacy Awards recipients above (l to r):
Stampede President Dave Sibbald, Stephen McPhee, Christopher Lloyd, Luanne Whitmarsh & Zane Novak (Kerby Centre), Peter Spear, Colleen Goertz (WLA Committee Chair)
2017 Western Legacy Awards
On Wednesday, November 15 the Calgary Stampede honoured three inspiring individuals and one remarkable group for their commitment to western heritage and values at the 13th annual Western Legacy Awards. The 2017 Award recipients are community leaders who genuinely embody the values and commitment to community that southern Alberta is known for:
Youth – Stephen McPhee: Nominated for helping over 45,00 children across Alberta through Stephen’s Backpack’s to raise funds, awareness and support for homeless and vulnerable youth.
Innovation – Christopher Lloyd: Nominated for the unique approach of Oneball, a local testicular cancer charity, to raising awareness, research funds and support for patients living with the disease and on the journey as survivors.
Sustained Contribution, Individual – Peter Spear: Nominated for his commitment for over 25 years to lead and inspire others to join him in making Alberta’s outdoors more accessible and user friendly through maintaining the trails in five Provincial Parks.
Sustained Contribution, Group – Kerby Centre: Nominated for enhancing the lives of older adults since 1973 though programs that meet their mental, physical, social and educational needs to improve quality of life and enable them to live well as residents in their community.
The Calgary Stampede Western Legacy Awards are presented annually to honour individuals and groups who have demonstrated significant achievement in their commitment to western hospitality and community spirit.