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Field of Fame Six at Spruce Meadows

The sixth Field of Fame is located at Spruce Meadows, 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW. The monuments was manufactured and installed at Spruce Meadows in May 2019.

See the slide show of the Field of Fame unveiling.

Map

Spruce Meadows honours these champions

  • David Black 1880-1972, Calgary’s first jeweller and strong community leader
  • Martha Cohen 1920-2015, community leader, activist and philanthropist
  • Haider Dhanani  1939- 1990, entrepreneur, community leader and philanthropist
  • Ruth Gorman 1914-2002, lawyer, served with aboriginal, political and women’s groups
  • Bud McCaig 1929-2005, entrepreneur and philanthropist
  • Ron Southern 1930-2016, co-founder of Spruce Meadows, founder of ATCO, community leader, philanthropist

The photos, details, and bios of these Champions are below

Field of Fame Six at Spruce Meadows

Photo Credit: David Buhler

Virnetta Anderson

Virnetta Anderson (1920-2006)

Virnetta was born Virnetta Nelson in Monticello, Arkansas in 1920. Her schooling was in Arkansas and California. Virnetta was a woman of action - known for committing time and providing…

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Gus Yaki photo by Dan Arndt-1

Gus Yaki (1932-2020)

Gus Yaki, the renowned Calgary birder and naturalist, passed away in August 2020. Gus was an avid birder as a young man and he continued his self-education as a naturalist.…

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Peter Prince photos, from Glenbow Archives NS-1360-2

Peter Prince (1836-1925)

“Peter Anthony Prince was born near Trois-Rivieres, Quebec May 4, 1836. Prince lived in Ontario where he learned the millwright trade and lumber business. In 1866 he migrated to northern…

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Charles Mawer

Charles (Chuck) Mawer (1917-2006)

 Charles (Chuck) Mawer was born in 1917 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and grew up with his 3 siblings in Edmonton, Vancouver, and Calgary. In 1936 Chuck started his business career as…

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Roddy Mah photo

Roderick (Roddy) Mah (1929-2007)

At a very young age, Roderick was sent to China to learn the Chinese language and culture. Unable to return to Canada because of World War II, he spent his…

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Michael Green photo

Michael Green “Pona Kotaksi/Elk Shadow” (1957-2015)

(to be recognized collaboratively with Narcisse Blood)   Michael Green was the Co-Artistic Director and a founding member of Calgary’s One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre and the Creator/Curator of the High Performance Rodeo. …

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Narcisse Blood photo

Narcisse Blood “Tatsikiistamik” (1954-2015)

(to be recognized collaboratively with Michael Green) Narcisse Blood whose Blackfoot name Tatsikiistamik means Middle Bull was a highly respected Blackfoot/Niitsitapi Traditional Spiritual Elder of the Blood Tribe.  He was a Spiritual…

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Ronald Donald Southern

Ronald D. Southern (1930 – 2016)

Ronald Donald Southern C.C., C.B.E., A.O.E., B. Sc., LL. D was born on July 25, 1930 in Calgary, Alberta. He was a proud Canadian who loved his Alberta roots. A…

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Ruth Gorman

Ruth Gorman (1914-2002)

Ruth Gorman was born in Calgary, Alberta on February  14, 1914 to Colonel Mark Bennett and Fleda Pattyson Peacock.  Ruth, like her father became a lawyer, and was one of…

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John Robert (Bud) McCaig

John Robert (Bud) McCaig (1929-2005)

Beloved husband, father, grandfather, friend, entrepreneur and philanthropist, J.R. (Bud) McCaig, died peacefully while at his vacation home in Barbados on Tuesday, January 11, 2005 at the age of 75…

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Spruce Meadows Photos

Here are some photos from the Field of Fame  unveiling at Spruce Meadows  and the celebration of student contest winners.
Event Photo Credit: David Buhler

Gallery of Student Contest Winnners

Image gallery of Student Contest winners, receiving their prizes and recognition.

Slide Show of unveiling event at Spruce Meadows.

Alberta & Calgary Historical Figures

These individuals that were important to Calgary & Alberta history will be  featured in the 2018 student essay contest:

  • David Black 1880-1972, Calgary’s first jeweller and strong community leader
  • Martha Cohen 1920-2015, community leader, activist and philanthropist
  • Haider Dhanani  1939- 1990, entrepreneur, community leader and philanthropist
  • Ruth Gorman 1914-2002, lawyer, served with aboriginal, political and women’s groups
  • Bud McCaig 1929-2005, entrepreneur and philanthropist
  • Ron Southern 1930-2016, co-founder of Spruce Meadows, founder of ATCO, community leader, philanthropist

We feature figures that were important to business history, political history, early settlement and exploration, community development, the First Nations, and to women in Calgary, as well as to the growth of Alberta as a province contributing significantly to Canada as a country.

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