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|
|2015||Sustained Contribution (Individual)||Chuck Groeneveld|
|Sustained Contribution (Group)||The Doorway|
|Chairman's Award||M. Ann McCaig and Steve Snyder|
|2014||Sustained Contribution (Individual)||Rick Hanson|
|Sustained Contribution (Group)||Project Warmth Society of Alberta|
|2013||Sustained Contribution (Individual)||Rick Smith|
|Sustained Contribution (Group)||Children’s Hospital Aid Society|
|Innovation||Brian Nimjean & Paul Wagman|
|Centennial Edition||100 Outstanding Albertans|
|2011||Sustained Contribution (Individual)||Larry and Mitzie Wasyliw|
|Sustained Contribution (Group)||RCMP Veteran's Association|
|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|
|Calgary Stampede Chairman's Award||Ron Carey|
|2009||Sustained Contribution (Individual)||George Ward|
|Sustained Contribution (Group)||Boys and Girls Club of Calgary|
|2008||Sustained Contribution||Dr. Margaret (Marmie) Hess|
|Innovation||Cheadle Lions Club – World Foodgrains Bank project|
|Calgary Stampede Chairman’s Award||Joe Carbury|
|2007||Sustained Contribution||Jack Toth
|Innovation||Galileo Educational Network|
|Youth||Chantika and Christian Hazell|
|2006||Sustained Contribution||Eddie Cochlan|
|2005||Sustained Contribution||Lenore and Roy McLean|