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: Sharon Tegart

Category: Individual – Sustained Contribution

Sharon Tegart is the kind of neighbour we all hope to have and aspire to be.  Always willing to lend a hand, Sharon has volunteered for 37 years with 4H often giving of her time to the youth beyond her 4H commitments to listen, offer advice or tutor when needed, or lending her equipment and animals to kids without their own.  She and her husband welcomed several children and youth into their home over the years and cared for them when their parents could not.  While driving the rural school bus, she ensures good manners and respect and will decorate the bus for holidays and bake cupcakes for the students.

Sharon started “Ag in the Classroom” teaching urban kids where their food comes from and teaching children from farms how to be environmentally aware to ensure sustainable farming.  Sharon helped to start the Irricana 4-H Country Riders.  She is also a founding member of the Alberta Paint Horse Club and volunteers at Spruce Meadows.

To quote her nominator “She could have invented the phrase “paying it forward” and she lives the philosophy every day.”

The Western Legacy Awards Committee is honoured to present the Sharon Tegart 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.