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 - Recipients

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 45,000 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.

Established in 2005, three awards (Sustained Contribution, Innovation, Youth) traditionally recognize people from Calgary and the surrounding area who have acted on their visions to create a better community.

WLA Past Recipients


2016 Sustained Contribution (Individual) Robert Anderson
  Sustained Contribution (Group) Inn from the Cold
  Innovation Darby Young
  Youth Logan Fyke
2015 Sustained Contribution (Individual) Chuck Groeneveld
  Sustained Contribution (Group) The Doorway
  Innovation Brad Fisher
  Youth Quinn Clark
  Chairman's Award M. Ann McCaig and Steve Snyder
2014 Sustained Contribution (Individual) Rick Hanson
  Sustained Contribution (Group) Project Warmth Society of Alberta
  Innovation Janice McTighe
  Youth Wentao Li
2013 Sustained Contribution (Individual) Rick Smith
  Sustained Contribution (Group) Children’s Hospital Aid Society
  Innovation Brian Nimjean & Paul Wagman
  Youth Carson Reiser


Centennial Edition 100 Outstanding Albertans
2011 Sustained Contribution (Individual) Larry and Mitzie Wasyliw
  Sustained Contribution (Group) RCMP Veteran's Association
  Innovation Bill Dunn
  Youth Sheliza Kassam
2010 Sustained Contribution (Individual) Gordon Hoffman
  Sustained Contribution (Group) Rotary Club of Calgary
  Innovation Rita Egizii, Barbara Cunnings-Versaevel and John Stephure (posthumously) of Wellspring Calgary
  Youth Alyx Nanji
  Calgary Stampede Chairman's Award Ron Carey
2009 Sustained Contribution (Individual) George Ward
  Sustained Contribution (Group) Boys and Girls Club of Calgary
  Innovation John Ayer
  Youth Justine MacDonald
2008 Sustained Contribution Dr. Margaret (Marmie) Hess
  Innovation Cheadle Lions Club – World Foodgrains Bank project
  Youth Rob Aronson
  Calgary Stampede Chairman’s Award Joe Carbury
2007 Sustained Contribution Jack Toth
Bill Collins
  Innovation Galileo Educational Network
  Youth Chantika and Christian Hazell
2006 Sustained Contribution Eddie Cochlan
  Innovation Lindsay Lehr
  Youth Ryan Hodgson
2005 Sustained Contribution Lenore and Roy McLean
  Innovation Frits Pannekoek
  Youth Ryan Perez