Calgary – The Calgary Stampede is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2015 Western Legacy Awards. The 12 finalists are nominees in four categories: Youth, Innovation, Sustained Contribution (individual) and Sustained Contribution (group) who will be recognized at the 11th annual Western Legacy Awards on Thursday, November 12.


“I am extremely proud that for the past 11 years, the Calgary Stampede has recognized passionate individuals and groups for their outstanding contributions to Alberta,” says Sandra Clarkson, committee chair, Western Legacy Awards. “The Western Legacy Awards illustrate the importance of preserving and promoting western heritage within our community.”


The finalists for the 2015 Western Legacy Awards are (full bios attached):


Youth is open to young people under 25 years of age and recognizes youth who have demonstrated their commitment to making a difference.


  • Cristina Acevedo is a very dedicated and motivated leader and role model for youth volunteerism.
  • Quinn Clark has a passion for people who struggle with food insecurities.
  • Anayat Sidhu believes in the power of teamwork and has founded several clubs in her school that have played integral roles in supporting the community.


Innovation recognizes a person or group that has created a single visionary project that speaks to western values.


  • Brad Fisher has developed a remarkable program to aid the homeless men and women on the streets of Calgary.
  • Gerry Hart has been instrumental in taking the SHARP Foundation from an unknown local grassroots organization to a nationally recognized leader in providing non-judgmental care for people with complex health and social issues.
  • Tim Neis is a founding member of Respect for Earth and All People (REAP) and is a leader in paving the path for a new way of eco-sustainable business practice and local community outreach.


Sustained Contribution acknowledges extraordinary community support over a number of years.




  • Ron Barge was the creator of The Buck Shot Show, which became the longest running children’s program in Canadian history.
  • Eldon Couey has spent more than 55 years as a community volunteer, leader and mentor for groups like the High River Hospital Foundation, 4-H, Friends of Bar U and is a very proud Albertan.
  • Chuck Groeneveld has been involved as a leader and model for the western community for many years.




  • The Doorway is a community funded business-oriented space where young people choose to participate in a non-traditional, community run integration project, with space to think, community members to learn with and tools to plan their lives with their own ideas.
  • Providence Children’s Centre started in 1943 and supports more than 1,000 young children with disabilities in six preschools and community services programs across Calgary.
  • Youth Central Society is a non-profit organization with a mission to inspire, engage and celebrate youth through community participation.


One finalist from each category will be awarded a beautiful belt buckle in recognition of their contribution to western heritage and values during the Western Legacy Awards celebration on Thursday, November 12 at 5 p.m. in the Palomino Room, BMO Centre, Stampede Park.


About the Calgary Stampede

The Calgary Stampede celebrates the people, the animals, the land, the traditions and the values that make up the unique spirit of the west.  The Calgary Stampede contributes to the quality of life in Calgary and southern Alberta through our world-renowned Stampede, year-round facilities, western events and several youth and agriculture programs. Exemplifying the theme We’re Greatest Together; we are a volunteer-supported, not-for-profit community organization that preserves and promotes western heritage and values.  All revenue is reinvested into Calgary Stampede programs and facilities.


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Jennifer Booth

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