Honoured Member Dr Gary Bowie receives Order of Excellence
Yet another honour has been bestowed on a Lethbridge man for his lifetime of service.
On Thursday, Gary Bowie was one of eight recipients of the Alberta Order of Excellence, presented during a ceremony in Edmonton.
Described as “an early builder” of the Lethbridge College Kodiaks and the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns basketball teams, the longtime physical education professor has also been recognized in recent years as “citizen of the year” in Lethbridge and been given the “Key to the City,” along with the Alberta Centennial Medal and the Queen Elizabeth Golden Jubilee Medal.
Bowie, now in his 80th year, has also been presented an honorary degree by the U of L.
For his latest recognition Bowie is cited for “a lifetime of service to the community” which has “improved the lives of others by promoting and celebrating sport and wellness for all” along with his efforts to reduce homelessness.
In response, Bowie said he’s not satisfied to leave community improvement to others.
“Good things happen to you and others when you follow the rule of serving others in the community, church, work and family,” he said.
After completing a master’s degree in the U.S., Claresholm-born Bowie returned to Alberta to begin teaching and coaching at the college in 1962. He became one of the U of L’s founding faculty members in 1967.
In addition to coaching of supporting many championship teams on campus, Bowie is recognized as being instrumental in bringing the Alberta Winter Games and the Canada Winter Games to Lethbridge. He’s since been named to the Lethbridge Sports Hall of Fame, the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, along with further recognitions.
While continuing his active interest in sports and wellness, his community work in recent years has focused on social problems like homelessness and opioid use. He has also served as chair of the city’s Social Housing In Action committee and the city’s Housing First initiative.
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Red Deer Express: Grey Cup Visit
Article from Red Deer Express: Red Deerians line up to see the Grey Cup
Trophy tour in support of Canadian Armed Forces families
One of the most famous trophies in the world – the Grey Cup – made an appearance the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in support of the Calgary Military Family Resource Centre (CMFRC).
“Today at the Hall of Fame the Grey Cup is making an appearance, coinciding alongside a fundraiser that supports the Calgary Military Family Resource Centre,” Executive Director Gord Young said. “All the proceeds are actually going to Red Deer and we have started a new opportunity for a person to be boots on the ground resource person in Red Deer.”
According to Young, the organization helps military families with anything they need including deployments, education, jobs, veteran care and emergency daycare.
“Anything that will help the soldier focus on their mission. They don’t have to worry about where their families are at,” Young said.
The initiative is making its first official inroads into Central Alberta.
“We have been doing that in Calgary for 25 years and we have a small footprint here in Red Deer,” Young said. “Now we get to actually move ahead and get someone here who is available for all the troops and their family here.”
The CFL has a long-rooted history with the CFL and Young related a story about CFL players deployed in England during the Second World War.
“One of the famous stories is the Tea Cup, which was a football game where the Canadians and Americans played in England in 1944,” he said. “Of course the Canadians won 16-6. It was interesting because they played NFL rules in the first half and than Canadian rules in the second.”
Young is pleased to bring the CMFRC to Red Deer.
“We are really glad to have this type of partnership and I hope the City of Red Deer sees how unique this partnership is,” he said. “In the upcoming year, there may be three more deployments.
“We don’t where they will come from, but the Canadian people need to understand that people sign up and are prepared to put their lives on the line for us. The sacrifice a family makes with someone making that type of commitment is serious. We are happy to help anyway we can.”
Grey Cup Visits ASHFM
Friday, September 29, 2017
Admission to the ASHFM is FREE from 1:00 - 3:00pm.
Photo opportunities with the cup starting at 1:30pm
The Calgary Military Family Resource Centre supports the heroes behind the heroes. The organization supports families of our Canadian Armed Forces members in Southern Alberta, including Red Deer and south to Lethbridge.
Programs and services fall into areas such as personal development workshops, deployment services, counseling, health and mental wellness, child and youth programs.
The family resource centre is a registered charity run by a volunteer board of directors that was started in 1991 by the Department of National Defense in conjunction with the Military Family Support Program. To learn more, visit www.calgarymfrc.ca
Winston Bruce Memorial Tribute article
Article from Red Deer Advocate: Life of rodeo legend celebrated
Folks converge on Ponoka to celebrate the life of rodeo legend Winston Bruce
A community came together to celebrate the life of a rodeo legend.
Cowboys and cowgirls of all ages converged on the Calnash Ag Event Centre in Ponoka Sept. 19 to celebrate the life of Winston Bruce, a rodeo legend who was an integral part of the western heritage.
Bruce, who was born Oct. 27, 1937, passed away peacefully on July 10 at the age of 79.
His influence with the people around him and in the industry was so strong that there was standing room only at the ag event centre with family and his many friends wanting to pay their respects. He was a man known for having incredible saddle bronc riding skills, and was influential in developing the Calgary Stampede rodeo stock program. Bruce was also the rodeo manager and arena director of the Calgary Stampede for many years.
The list of accomplishments as a professional saddle bronc rider are almost too numerous to mention but among the more prominent is the 1961 World Saddle Bronc Riding Championship, which came after the 1957 and 1958 Canadian titles.
Along with the titles were inductions into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame at Colorado Springs, Colorado, in 1989 and the Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in 1995. Along with those he was inducted into the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma, the Appaloosa Hall of Fame as well as the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame.
It’s no wonder that folks converged on the celebration of his life, which included a special invitational saddle bronc riding event after the ceremony.
Family and friends spoke of his life and Winston Satran gave the eulogy, taking time to honour the man who influenced his outlook on life. “Winston’s story was much larger than most of us,” said Satran.
The first time he met Bruce was at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, NV. They were working on a contract to bring the Calgary Stampede horses to Home on the Range. That meeting set the stage for a longtime friendship.
“There was a lot to know about this man. His life, his fame, his humbleness, compassion, humour and his many, many friendships,” said Satran.
“His gentle manner way gave way to being a gentleman. When he would meet someone, he would inquire as to how they were doing.”
Satran pointed out that Bruce was the kind of cowboy who could strike up a sincere conversation with anyone he met. At times his humour displayed a man who enjoyed a good laugh and who lived life to the fullest.
“Enjoy life. All of it,” said Satran of how Bruce inspired him.
“Winston’s engaging personality was transferred to thousands of rodeo spectators,” he added.
As the arena manager at the Calgary Stampede, Bruce was well known for his Appaloosa horse with 18,000 fans being able to recognize the man from far away. Satran recalled the phrase, “Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls. Welcome to the greatest show in the west.”
Satran said Bruce’s personality blossomed during those times. He pointed out that Bruce once stated he didn’t know much about horses. For Satran, this seemed incredible considering the man’s ability as a rider and producer.
“How could he admit that he didn’t know much about horses? This was his way of telling me that he wanted to know more about horses, the creatures that he loved,” said Satran.
“It was amazing insight to me and speaks to his humbleness and his pursuit of knowledge and his curiousness about all life.”
Satran called him a master in the Calgary Stampede’s breeding horse program. “There’s so many stories I could tell,” added Satran.
“I will be forever thankful for my friendship with this real true cowboy, my friend, Winston Bruce.”
He posed a question for God, asking if there is a way to relive good memories that were had. While he didn’t know the answer he made a request to God.
“To ride these Canadian prairies once more, watching the horses manes flowing in the morning breeze and listening to thunder of their hooves on the prairie with my friend Winston,” he concluded.
A special silent auction was held to provide funds to the Winston Bruce Academy of Rodeo and the evening concluded with fireworks.
Watch the 2017 Canadian Football Hall of Fame Ceremony
Alberta Sports Hall of Fame Honoured Member Stan Schwartz was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. Watch his speech here: https://www.cfl.ca/live/2017/09/13/canadian-football-hall-fame-induction-ceremony/