The Calgary Stampede’s 6th Annual Western Legacy Awards will be announced at a lunchtime ceremony on Stampede Park on October 13th.  These awards recognize the contributions of members of our community based on the four core values of the Calgary Stampede; Integrity, Hospitality, Commitment to the Community and Pride of Place.

This year the Western Legacy Awards Committee was delighted by the number of exceptional nominations.  Leading up to the Awards I will be posting some of the stories of our finalists from this year’s roster of nominees.

Finalist: Gordon Hoffman

Category: Individual – Sustained Contribution

Gord Hoffman is a do-it-all Calgarian.  He has served on more than 100 volunteer boards.  What little of his time that is not consumed with his successful law practice and significant volunteer contributions, Mr. Hoffman uses to write crime novels.

His contributions cover a range of needs, educational, social, cultural, arts, youth, safety and others.  Where he sees a need he gets involved and has even created organizations and projects to fill those needs. He also provides free legal advice to many Calgary non-profits.  A sampling of his many projects include:

His favourite cause is one that he founded, Project Warmth Society.  It operates on a year round basis providing outerwear, footwear, gloves, toques and bedding to the needy, underprivileged and homeless with clients ranging from the very young to the very old.  Last year they handed out over 60,000 articles of clothing.  Project Warmth has a warehouse in the northeast where it accepts donations of clothing and money.  

Gordon Hoffman coordinated his involvement in Theatre Calgary with Project Warmth.  He invited a hundred children and their families to the Theatre Calgary presentation of `Christmas Carol`, coordinating buses, refreshments and even small gifts for the children. “The look on their faces was worth everything….who needs more than that.”

The Western Legacy Awards Committee is honoured to present Gordon Hoffman as one of this year’s Calgary Stampede Western Legacy Awards Finalists.

If you know of someone in the community who is demonstrating integrity, hospitality, commitment to the community and pride of place, please nominate them for the 2011 Western Legacy Awards .