As anticipated, the centennial year is off to a lively and exciting start! I hope that everyone was able to enjoy the holiday season with their families and loved ones.
January has proved to be the perfect beginning to this 2012 Calgary Stampede Centennial for me and my Stampede Sisters. Recently, we four attended the 2012 Stars and Spurs Gala in support of STARS: the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society. This is a charitable cause very close to our hearts as STARS helped save our royal sister, 2010 Stampede Princess Janelle Phillips, who is now a spokesperson for this life-saving organization. I believe we should all be appreciative of this service as none of us can ever be certain if we too will ever need their aid some day in our lives.
The Stampede Queen and Princesses and I were asked to contribute our efforts in raffling off a beautiful VIP table. We also greeted guests as Stampede ambassadors as they bid on some spectacular auction items. Thankfully, none of us had personally needed to see STARS close-up, so we all appreciated getting the opportunity to tour the STARS mobile unit and get a taste of STARS on the ground. Thanks to the many generous hearts and the support of many an organization STARS raised a total of $720,000.
We also visited Big Rock Elementary school in Okotoks for their Celebrity Reading Week. The royalty were invited to read stories to the students. A love of reading has been impressed on me since I was a child and I believe that an appreciation of books is a quality to be nurtured in all of us. In my life I have personally known adults that have committed themselves to overcoming illiteracy. To make reading accessible and fun for young minds is important to eradicate illiteracy, build self-esteem and make learning enjoyable.
Princess Jessica and I had so much fun sharing the stampede spirit and reading to the students.
I was so very proud to share my culture with the trio as we attended the 40th Annual Napi Friendship Center Pow Wow in Pincher Creek, Alberta. Taking the girls to my home reserve and having them take part in the grand entry and intertribals was a source of great pride for me.
Candace, Jessica and Dani have shared so much with me about cowboy culture and I was so pleased to have them take part in First Nations culture and to share with them and have fun with it. My community was excited to see the royalty there as they took in the sights and mingled with all in attendance.
I look forward to many more pow wows with the girls as our year together continues.
As we move closer and closer to the Calgary Stampede Centennial I am provided with more and more opportunities to represent the Indian Village presented by Penn West Exploration and the Calgary Stampede.
In February I will be travelling and performing in Memphis, Tennessee with the aboriginal performance duo Young Medicine on behalf of Travel Alberta, Travel BC abd Globus to promote all that Western Canada has to offer.
Another exciting endeavour will be travelling to China in February and March with Canadian Tourism Commission. I’m so excited to be travelling internationally as the Indian Princess as I never dreamed that I would be so fortunate and I look forward to experiencing authentic Chinese culture and find out all there is to discover.
The countdown to Centennial begins!
Your Stampede Indian Princess
~ Amelia ~