The 2018 Western Legacy Awards recipients (L to R):
David Sibbald (Stampede President & Chairman of the Board), J. Murray McCann, Claudette Whiting (Hospice Calgary), Tate Barton, Jean-Claude Munyezamu, Colleen Goertz (Chair, Western Legacy Awards committee)

2018 Western Legacy Awards

On Tuesday, November 20, three dedicated community members, one inspiring community group and a special relationship were honoured at the 14th annual Western Legacy Awards on Stampede Park. The 2018 award recipients in the categories of Youth, Innovation, Sustained Contribution – Individual, and Sustained Contribution – Group are members of our community who lead with western heritage and values and make an impact in southern Alberta.


Chairman's Award

The Chairman’s Award, presented by David Sibbald, honoured the long-standing relationship between tipi holding families from Treaty 7 nations in Elbow River Camp and the Calgary Stampede. This is only the fourth time this unique award has been presented since the awards began in 2005.

Since 1912, the tipi holding families in Elbow River Camp and the Stampede have had a unique partnership, built upon a shared dedication to preserving and promoting western heritage and cultures and sharing them with visitors from around the world.

“It is an honour to recognize the family members — past, present and future—for their significant contributions to the legacy that allows us to gather together and celebrate every year at Elbow River Camp,” said David Sibbald, president and chairman of the board for the Calgary Stampede.

2018 Chairman's Award

Elbow River Camp tipi holding family members with Calgary Stampede President & Chairman David Sibbald and 2019 First Nations Princess Astokomii Smith.

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Awarded to a youth, 18 years and under, who has demonstrated a commitment to making a difference and exhibited western values.


🏆 Tate Barton has been passionate about helping others and giving back to the community since he was five years old. Originally hoping to raise $100 for the High River Cancer Clinic in memory of his late mother, Barton has raised almost $34,000. His lemonade stand also evolved into Tate’s Lemonade Speaker Series, a gathering for the community to talk about cancer at the clinic’s memorial centre. The success of his lemonade stand has inspired Barton to strive for his new goal of raising $250,000 by the time he turns 18.



Awarded to an individual or group who has created a single visionary project that reflects to our western values.


🏆 Jean-Claude Munyezamu promotes respect and community and team building among multicultural youth groups through the game of soccer. Munyezamu’s journey began at the Dadaab Refugee Camp in Kenya where he showed local youth how to make a soccer ball out of plastic bags. Munyezamu continued to do this in Refugee camps in Sudan and Somalia before moving to Calgary and joining Soccer Without Borders. His work with this group promotes community through sport and brings immigrant youth together to empower, integrate and connect the community builders of tomorrow.


Sustained Contribution – Individual

Awarded to an individual who has exhibited extraordinary community support over time.


🏆 J. Murray McCann is dedicated to honouring the veterans of southern Alberta. McCann was first inspired by a row of crosses honouring veterans in the small town of Menlo, Alberta. He thought it was a great way to recognize the brave men and women who fought for our freedom and he wanted to do something similar in Calgary. That’s how the Field of Crosses was born. In its first year, there were 340 crosses and this year the field has grown to 3,500 crosses. The Field of Crosses serves as an important reminder and serves as an opportunity for Calgarians to memorialize and recognize those who fought for our freedom.


Sustained Contribution – Group

Awarded to an organization or group that has exhibited extraordinary community support over time.


🏆 Hospice Calgary, Living with Cancer Program Volunteers support adults living with advanced cancer diagnoses and their family caregivers. Whether through therapies, a network of support or a focus on life and legacy, the program and its volunteers help make everyone feel welcome and respected. The hospitality demonstrated is what the Living with Cancer program volunteers are all about. With a group focus, the participants in the Living with Cancer Program are welcomed into a community of joy, friendship and camaraderie. Participants are provided with a safe space and support for their journey. Program volunteers have seen heartwarming  transformations among the participants, as the program has made a positive impact on their lives and helped them feel like part of a community.

WLA Past Recipients


2017 Sustained Contribution (Individual) Peter Spear
  Sustained Contribution (Group) Kerby Centre
  Innovation Christopher Lloyd
  Youth Stephen McPhee
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