The 2018 Western Legacy Awards recipients (L to R):

Stampede President & Chairman of the Board of Directors, David Sibbald,J. Murray McCann, Claudette Whiting (Hospice Calgary), Tate Barton, Jean-Claude Munyezamu, Colleen Goertz (Chair, Western Legacy Awards committee)

2018 Western Legacy Awards

On Tuesday, November 21, three dedicated community members, one inspiring community group and a special relationship were honoured at the 14th annual Western Legacy Awards on Stampede Park.

Elbow River Camp tipi holding family members with Calgary Stampede President & Chairman David Sibbald and 2019 First Nations Princess Astokomii Smith.

The presentation of the Chairman’s Award by David Sibbald honoured the long-standing relationship between tipi holding families from Treaty 7 nations in Elbow River Camp and the Calgary Stampede. This is only the fourth time this unique award has been presented since the awards began in 2005.

The 2018 award recipients are members of our community who lead with western heritage and values and make an impact in southern Alberta.

Tate Barton: Nominated for his philanthropic work to support the High River Cancer Clinic and greater community through his lemonade stand and more recent speaker’s series.


Jean-Claude Munyezamu: Nominated for empowering and connecting youth through the creation of Soccer Without Boundaries.

Sustained Contribution, Individual

J. Murray McCann: Nominated for his founding work with the Field of Crosses and enabling the memorial project to grow in honour of Canadian veterans.

Sustained Contribution, Group

Hospice Calgary, Living with Cancer Program Volunteers: Nominated for providing a community of joy and friendship, a safe space that is welcoming and a network of support for people and their families on the journey

Read more about this year’s finalists or our past recipients click here.

The finalists group