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: Samantha Brown

Category: Individual – Youth

Samantha Brown may be young enough to fall into the Youth category, but her volunteer resume reads like it could be in the Sustained Contribution category.  Beginning to volunteer as a toddler, Samantha helped out at the Beverly Centre.  She increased her involvement to include holiday programming at the Alberta Children’s Hospital and later fundraising for the Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta initiating many of her own projects and donating her own hair 3 times.  She volunteers with the Salvation Army and Friends of Fish Creek Park .  She is on the planning committee for the Multicultural Youth Health and Well-being Conference from 2007 to present and was the Youth Master of Ceremonies for the 2010 Conference in Calgary.  Samantha is a member of Youth Central and blogs for their website  She is also a volunteer junior instructor at a local martial arts club.

The Western Legacy Awards Committee is honoured to present the Samantha Brown 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.