Community Spirit at the Calgary Stampede

Calgary Stampede Showband at the Calgary Stampede Rodeo
Calgary Stampede Showband at the Calgary Stampede Rodeo
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Community Spirit at the Calgary Stampede

How volunteers and community spirit will make you #LoveYYC at the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.

Did you know the Calgary Stampede is supported by over 2,300 volunteers? Each year, The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth shares its unique brand of western hospitality with locals and visitors alike with the help of thousands of dedicated volunteers. These people truly #LoveYYC!

Volunteers at the Calgary Stampede contribute in significant ways to every part of the experience. They organize the Grandstand Show, plan activities at the Indian Village, promote agriculture competitions and displays, and provide the soundtrack to the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth with the Calgary Stampede Showband. Even the Stampede Royalty are volunteers!

Celebrate the amazing work volunteers do at the Calgary Stampede and meet four amazing individuals who bring community spirit to the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth. From a new participant to the longest serving volunteer at the Calgary Stampede, these individuals are ready to share their passion with everyone on Park.

Allison Zwozdesky is a new volunteer with the Calgary Stampede (Photo credit: Trevor Lalonde)

Allison Zwozdesky is a new volunteer with the Calgary Stampede (Photo credit: Trevor Lalonde)

Why Calgary Stampede volunteers are like one big family for Allison Zwozdesky

“I believe that community spirit is so important for the Stampede because it creates one big family! The most incredible bond forms between people when they work as a team to make the Stampede a welcoming, fun, engaging, and compassionate place! Caring for people is contagious and each volunteer inspires one another to keep the great energy going!” – Allison Zwozdesky

Allison Zwozdesky recently began a volunteer role with the Downtown Attractions Square Dance Committee. As a square dancer, she has the opportunity to interact with locals and visitors alike during daily square dancing lessons on Stephen Avenue Walk during the Calgary Stampede.

Shane Ellis has been volunteering with the Calgary Stampede since he first auditioned with the Young Canadians as a teenager. (Photo credit: Trevor Lalonde)

Shane Ellis has been volunteering with the Calgary Stampede since he first auditioned with the Young Canadians as a teenager. (Photo credit: Trevor Lalonde)

How Shane Ellis shares his love for community spirit with his kids

“I auditioned for the Young Canadians when I was in grade 9. My family and I moved to Calgary when I got the opportunity to join. I performed for three years in high school and have been a volunteer with the Calgary Stampede in various ways ever since. My kids have picked up on that and are now involved themselves. For me, it was all about making sure my kids saw how important community is… that the more involved you are, the more involved you will stay… that it’s part of what you do!” – Shane Ellis

Shane Ellis first volunteered with the Calgary Stampede as a dancer with the Young Canadians over 25 years ago. He has held various volunteer positions over the years and now acts as the 1st Vice Chair of the Stampede Band Committee, supporting the Calgary Stampede Showband with marketing, meals, transportation, and as a chaperone.

Brian deHaan is a second generation volunteer with the Calgary Stampede. (Photo credit: Trevor Lalonde)

Brian deHaan is a second generation volunteer with the Calgary Stampede. (Photo credit: Trevor Lalonde)

Why Brian deHaan feels that community spirit binds us all together

“I volunteer because it gives me a way to give back to my community and perhaps make a difference for the folks I interact with. I was raised in Calgary, so the Calgary Stampede has been a significant part of my life. Everyone has fond memories of Parade day with their family.

Community Spirit at the Calgary Stampede is important as it allows people who live together a chance to work and volunteer together. When you have a strong community spirit you can get more accomplished and you can deal with adversity, like the flood in 2013. Community spirit binds us all together and I feel unites us all with the Calgary Stampede.”  – Brian deHaan

Brian deHaan is a second generation volunteer and has volunteered with the Calgary Stampede for 20 years. He is the current Chair of the Concessions & Exhibits Committee, creating an incredible guest experience through Booth Judging, Midway Food Experience Tours, Sponsorship Hosting, Media Food Tours, and daily awards presented by the Foodie Group.

Glen Judd is the longest serving volunteer with the Calgary Stampede. (Photo credit: Trevor Lalonde)

How 60 years of volunteering has created memorable moments for Glen Judd

“I have many great memories of Stampede activities. When [my wife] Jacquie and I got married she picked the date knowing that I was committed to a horse show for all of the following week.  She reminds me that she spent our honeymoon sitting in the stands watching the horse show. 

My all-time favourite was being recognized by fellow volunteers for 50 years of service. What you get out of volunteering is a function of what you put into it. Hard work and effort will eventually produce many strong lasting friendships. Do a good job and the results will look after themselves. […] 50 years is a long time but passes all too quickly when you are having fun.” – Glen Judd

Glen Judd is the longest serving volunteer with the Calgary Stampede, having supported the organization for over 60 years. First volunteering with the Horse Show Committee, Glen has contributed to the Parade Committee and Promotions Committee, participating in the design, construction, and showing of floats in the annual Stampede Parade.

Do you #LoveYYC? Interested in showing your own community spirit and volunteering with the Calgary Stampede? Learn more about Getting Involved with the Calgary Stampede and share your own passion for western heritage at the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.

Experience great volunteers and community spirit at the Calgary Stampede from July 6-15, 2018. More information on everything to do with the Stampede can be found at calgarystampede.com.