Calgary – One inspirational youth, a dedicated community member and two exceptional community groups make up the recipients of the 15th annual Western Legacy Awards.
“Each year we are astounded by the individuals and groups who have been nominated,” explains Barry Davidson, Chair, Western Legacy Awards committee. “Choosing just one recipient for each category is difficult from a pool of nominees who exemplify Calgary Stampede values in their everyday lives.”
This year’s recipients live their lives with western values and make a positive impact in communities across southern Alberta. The 2019 Western Legacy Award recipients are:
Youth: 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: 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.
Sustained Contribution (Individual): 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): 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.
Read more about each category here.
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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