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Stampede honours oustanding Calgarians at 2018 Western Legacy Awards

Colleen Goertz presented Jean-Claude Munyezamu with the innovation award for his work with Soccer Without Boundaries. Global News

Community members were honoured at the Western Legacy Awards at Stampede Park in Calgary on Tuesday night.

The 14th annual awards recognized individuals and groups who use their talents and time to contribute to the city, and lead with “western values” to impact southern Alberta.

“Western values are pride of place, commitment to community, western hospitality and integrity,” said Colleen Goertz, chair of the awards committee.

Murray McCann, the person behind the Field of Crosses memorial project, received the sustained contribution award, which recognizes individuals who create a legacy in the community.

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For the group version of that award, Living with Cancer volunteers at Hospice Calgary won for fostering a network of support that helps to make people feel welcome.

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The youth award was handed out to Tate Barton who started a lemonade stand that has since grown into a speaker series. His original goal was to raise $100 for the High River Cancer Clinic in memory of his late mother, but since starting the stand five years ago, he’s raised more than $34,000 for the cause.

Jean-Claude Munyezamu won the innovation award for his youth soccer work. After volunteering at refugee camps in Kenya, Sudan and Somalia, Munyezamu moved to Calgary and founded Soccer Without Boundaries, which aims to empower and connect immigrant youth.

READ MORE: Astokomii Smith crowned 2019 Calgary Stampede First Nations Princess

The Chairman’s Award went to Elbow River Camp to honour teepee-holding families from Treaty 7 nations and to recognize their contributions to the city’s western heritage. According to the Stampede, this award has only been presented three other times.

The youth award was given by Colleen Goertz to Tate Barton on Tuesday. Global News
The Chairman’s Award went to Elbow River Camp on Tuesday to honour teepee-holding families from Treaty 7 nations. Global News
Murray McCann, the person behind the Field of Crosses memorial project, received the sustained contribution award to a standing ovation on Tuesday. Colleen Goertz presented the award, along with 2019's Calgary Stampede Queen and First Nations Princess. Global News
Murray McCann, the person behind the Field of Crosses memorial project, received the sustained contribution award to a standing ovation on Tuesday. Colleen Goertz presented the award, along with 2019's Calgary Stampede Queen and First Nations Princess. Global News
Colleen Goertz presented Jean-Claude Munyezamu with the innovation award for his work with Soccer Without Boundaries. Global News

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