Calgary – On Tuesday, October 29, 2019, the Calgary Stampede’s 15th Western Legacy Awards will recognize the achievements of individuals and organizations that have demonstrated Stampede’s values. Each finalist has shared their time to make a contribution to the community and they are individuals and community groups whose work has Calgary Stampede values at heart.


The Western Legacy Awards are presented in four categories: Youth, Innovation and Sustained Contribution (individual and group). Adjudicators on the Western Legacy Award committee narrowed the nominations to three finalists in the categories from a pool of community-submitted nominations.  More information on the 2019 finalists can be found below.


            WHAT:              2019 Western Legacy Awards


            WHEN:             Tuesday, October 29

                                    Doors open: 5:30 p.m.

                                    Presentation: 7 p.m. – 7:40 p.m. 


            WHERE:           Palomino Room, BMO Centre

                                    Stampede Park


2019 Finalists:


Youth: Awarded to a youth, age 18 or under, who has demonstrated a commitment to making a difference and exhibited western values.



Alex Hudson

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 cancer, the Salvation Army and the Alberta Children’s Hospital. His efforts and commitment to community provide special opportunities that youth can enjoy. He also provides inspiration to his peers, encouraging them to get involved with a cause that is close to them and to look for a way to give back, because there are a number of organizations that are always looking for help.


Allysa Narang

Alyssa 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. She is dedicated to making a difference through her creations, sharing the magic of the colours of the rainbow with her gifts, one person at a time.


Kayden Ruda

Kayden 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 kids 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 these subjects, but in school in general. Kayden believes that providing mentorship is a two-way process, though—he gains leadership experience through tutoring his peers and is rewarded by helping future leaders gain the knowledge they need to succeed.




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



The Balance Foundation

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. The legacy project continues to create meaningful experiences, mentorship and equal opportunity for youth, through sport and education, to create positive outcomes and youth with balanced lives.


Sue Crawford

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. Her continued activism helps to make sure we build a better, more inclusive community for everyone.


John Scott

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. Always prepared to take on a challenge by thinking outside of the box, he brings people together to help share and preserve Alberta’s western heritage.



Sustained Contribution (Individual): Awarded to an individual who has exhibited extraordinary community support over a period of time.



John and May Lockhart

For decades, John and May Lockhart have unassumingly given back to their community, 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 Mitchell

Mack 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.


Bruce Roy

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.



Sustained Contribution (Group): Awarded to an organization or group (of three or more) that has exhibited extraordinary community support over time.



Agriculture for Life

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.


Calgary Reads

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. The outcome? More life-long readers and successful citizens.


Cornerstone Youth Centre

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 their doors. Their programs help youth discover their strengths and passion, which in turn provides the youth with a new awareness of opportunities and potential.




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For more information, please contact:

Jennifer Booth

Manager, Public Relations