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100 outstanding Albertans receive Western Legacy Award

Calgary – In celebration of the Calgary Stampede’s Centennial, 100 outstanding individuals from across Alberta received the prestigious Western Legacy Award at a gala presentation on Stampede Park this evening. The recipients have all had a significant impact within their communities and are being honoured for their outstanding contributions in promoting western values and preserving western heritage.


“When you review the list of Western Legacy Award recipients, you have to feel proud of the Alberta history they represent,” said Paul Valentine, Western Legacy Award committee chair. “Our province has been blessed with community-minded individuals who have created a better place for all of us.”


The judges looked at nominees from all walks of life – from artists and athletes to community leaders and teachers – who have all made a major contribution to Alberta through their western values including hospitality, commitments to community, pride of place and integrity. Nominees did not need to be connected to the Calgary Stampede.


“We had an amazing 2012 Calgary Stampede and the Western Legacy Awards are a wonderful way to celebrate our Centennial year, by recognizing 100 outstanding Albertans for their community contributions,” says Bill Gray, vice-chairman, Calgary Stampede Board of Directors. “Looking back to 1912, we are reminded that the visionaries who dreamed - and financed – the first Stampede were focused on building and creating a community. One hundred years later, community is still the focus of the Stampede.”


In past years, the Calgary Stampede’s volunteer-run Western Legacy Awards committee has presented three or four outstanding Albertans with a Western Legacy Award. In honour of the Stampede’s Centennial, the committee expanded the awards to honour 100 Albertans.


A complete list of recipients and a brief description of their individual contributions is included in the attached Backgrounder. This evening’s award presentation will be rebroadcast on Shaw TV. For a complete list of rebroadcast dates and times, please refer to the Backgrounder attached.



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