Barry Davidson (chair, Western Legacy Awards Committee), Kayden Ruda. Colton Lewis – The Balance Foundation, Steacy Collyer – Calgary Reads, Bruce Roy
2019 Western Legacy Awards
The Western Legacy Awards annually honour individuals and groups who have demonstrated significant achievement in promoting and preserving the core values of the Calgary Stampede: western hospitality, commitment to community, pride of place and integrity.
On Tuesday, October 29, this year’s finalists were recognized and awards were presented to an inspirational youth, a dedicated community member and two exceptional community groups at the Calgary Stampede’s 15th annual Western Legacy Awards. The 2019 award recipients are members of our community who lead with western values and make an impact in communities across southern Alberta.
Awarded to a youth, 18 years and under, who has demonstrated a commitment to making a difference and exhibited western values.
🏆 Kayden Ruda is a kind-natured mentor to youth who attend the many programs offered at the Calgary Public Library. He always demonstrates patience and a positive attitude when working one-on-one with children who are challenged by science and math. He provides great encouragement and helps them to develop the skills they need to be successful not only in school, but also in life.
Allysa Narang generously spends her time crafting for people in her community. She makes bracelets to brighten the day of young patients at the Alberta Children’s Hospital, bringing a smile to those that need it most. She also puts her hands to work knitting hats to keep the homeless on Calgary’s streets warm during our cold winters.
Alex Hudson demonstrates true persistence and passion in the face of adversity. He has used his voice as a spokesperson for the Dreams Take Flight Organization and raises funds for Kid’s Cancer, the Salvation Army and the Alberta Children’s Hospital. His efforts and commitment to community provide special opportunities that youth can enjoy.
Awarded to an individual or group who has created a single visionary project that reflects to our western values.
🏆 The Balance Foundation turned a tragedy into a positive legacy. With its initial inspiration rooted in the creation of the Brett Wiese Memorial Scholarship, it soon became apparent that supporting youth development through mentorship and sports provides benefit to many within the community.
Sue Crawford has positioned herself as a well-respected advocate in her community. With her wealth of knowledge and seeing a gap within the healthcare system, she co-founded ENABLE, a social enterprise that serves the needs of individuals with disabilities and their families. Her efforts and innovative thinking have created a community-based support system when and where this population needs it.
John Scott is an ambassador of the Alberta Film Industry. His creative work has been instrumental in bringing some of the largest movie productions to our province and has been fundamental to what is now a growing industry in our own backyard. This combined with his advocacy and educational work around animal care and the rodeo world have put him on the global map.
Sustained Contribution – Individual
Awarded to an individual who has exhibited extraordinary community support over time.
🏆 Bruce Roy has been a Calgary Stampede volunteer for 60 years. Over that time, he has brought international profile to the Draft and Heavy Horse community in southern Alberta. At 82 years old, he continues to make valuable contributions, sharing his knowledge and expertise locally and on the international stage and is humbled when asked to speak on his many personal and professional achievements.
John and May Lockhart have unassumingly given back to their community for decades, both financially and with the gift of time. They believe in preserving and promoting the rural lifestyle, while encouraging young leaders of tomorrow. Whether it is their support of education, business, agriculture or the aviation community, their impact is widespread and often provides a hand up to inspire others to succeed and make a difference.
Mackenzi (Mac) Mitchell has built a hard-working name for herself in the Rodeo and Chuckwagon communities. Mack is a passionate mentor, helping to inspire strong female leaders through Miss Rodeo Canada and the Calgary Stampede First Nations Princess program. Her deep commitment to preserving and promoting the western way of life, and her desire to help others, has placed her in an influential role that will change many lives for the better.
Sustained Contribution – Group
Awarded to an organization or group that has exhibited extraordinary community support over time.
🏆 Calgary Reads was created in response to an alarming lack of literacy in school-aged children. Some 20 years later, the organization continues to grow, delivering programs to address low literacy rates and provide learning opportunities to future leaders in Calgary and beyond. Thousands of children discover the magic and success that literacy brings annually, through the efforts of the organization and its amazing team of volunteers.
Agriculture for Life has played a vital role in educating Albertans on the importance of agriculture, food, farming and safety. Their mobile education brings their unique and informative programs to rural and remote communities. Through engagement with more than 300 communities each year, they bridge rural and urban communities, build connections and trust, and educate people about the importance of Alberta’s agriculture industry.
The Cornerstone Youth Centre prides themselves on providing barrier-free access to its resources. The Centre offers daily drop-in programming to help at-risk youth to develop into confident and capable contributors to their communities. This grassroots, community driven organization is warm, welcoming and open, with programs tailored to meet the needs of individuals who walk through the doors.