So…the Canvas Auction was last night. Am I still a little bit jazzed this morning? Maybe… Ok, definitely. That is one of those events that signals that Stampede is approaching rather quickly, and we are all super excited about it. We’ve been up to our eyeballs with Stampede this week, from the AGM to the Canvas Auction, and it reminds me of what a phenomenal organization the Calgary Stampede is. At the AGM on Monday, we met past royalty, long time volunteers, and people who were attending their first Stampede AGM. It was amazing to see the array of people who all gathered under the Stampede umbrella, and it really made me proud to be a part of this organization. They are people who dedicate countless hours all for the love of the Calgary Stampede. It’s humbling, and reminds me that the worth of something cannot always be quantified.
Continuing with the theme of volunteerism, we went to the second annual Marit Cup, a fundraiser put on by Calgary Christian School that was held in memory of Marit McKenzie, an amazing girl who passed away last year. She was a student at CCS, and was actively involved with the David Foster Foundation during her final year of high school. She continued to give after her passing, by donating all of her organs and tissues. Seeing the legacy that was left by Marit made me realize that age has absolutely nothing to do with helping others. At 18, she was able to do more than most people do in a lifetime. She gave all that she could, and then some.
What I saw Wednesday should not only make her family proud, but her community as well. Although she was not an official volunteer of the Stampede, what she left behind was the true embodiment of the Stampede spirit; generosity, hard work, and helping your neighbour. It just goes to show that the spirit of Calgary Stampede can be found everywhere, in everyone. This city, and the people in it continue to amaze me with their depth of character and commitment to community.
I am proud to be a Calgarian, and a part of the Calgary Stampede.