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: Alyx Nanji

Category: Youth

Alyx founded Stop the Beef, an anti-violence/anti-gang website designed to reach youth through the voice, vocabulary and technology of youth.  StoptheBeef.ca features videos and discussion among youth on the real impact and outcomes of violence, drugs, parties and gangs.  He also initiated an anti-gang helpline, (403-922-GANG) which connects youth with social workers who can help them.

Alyx is a student at the University of Calgary who volunteers extensively throughout the community working with immigrant youth, volunteering at the Distress Center training other volunteers, and he recently served as President of the International Business Student Association within the Haskayne School of Business.  He has also volunteered as a mentor with the Calgary Bridge Foundation for Immigrant Youth, works as a Program Facilitator with the Youth Inclusive Neighborhoods project with Immigrant Services Calgary, and also sits on many other volunteer committees.  He has been recognized by many organizations and received significant media attention for his altruistic endeavors.

In one month over the summer he volunteered 300 hours, and expects to exceed 1000 hours by the end of the year.

The Western Legacy Awards Committee is honoured to present Alyx Nanji 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.