WANTED: 100 Albertans who have made a difference: Calgary Stampede to recognize outstanding community contributors

Calgary – In honour of the Calgary Stampede’s Centennial, the Stampede is in search of 100 deserving individuals from all corners of this great province who have made a big impact within the community. The Western Legacy Awards honour individuals for their outstanding contributions in promoting western values and preserving western heritage within the community.


“In past years, the Calgary Stampede has presented three or four outstanding Albertans with a Western Legacy Award. This year we are thrilled to be able to broaden our search and find 100 Albertans who are true leaders and making a big impact,” says Paul Valentine, Western Legacy Awards committee chair.


Judges will look at people from all walks of life­ — from artists and athletes to community leaders and teachers — who have made an impact and could be considered an amazing Albertan. The Stampede is seeking Albertans that make a difference in their school, community, professional organization, or other forums.


The nominees will be evaluated on qualities such as: hospitality, commitment to community, pride of place and integrity. “Past winners have totally embodied this commitment to community and had a sense of pride in what they have accomplished,” notes Valentine. 


Along with bragging rights, Western Legacy Award winners will receive a special Calgary Stampede Centennial prize. The names of all nominators will be entered into a draw for a VIP Stampede Surprise Pack to the 2013 Stampede.


Past winners have included individuals like Alix Nanji, a University of Calgary student who took it upon himself to start an organization which gave kids an outlet for creativity and activity in an attempt to deter children from a life of crime and gang activities.


Nominees must have made an impact to Alberta and be either born in Alberta or have lived in the province. Nominee may be living or deceased and they need not be connected to the Calgary Stampede.


Nominations can be made up until Wednesday, August 1, 2012 with the awards being presented on Friday, October 19, 2012 on Stampede Park.


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Jennifer Booth, Publicity Manager

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