April 7 - 13, 2019 -Westerner Park is backed by over 125 years of history, heritage and commitment to both urban and rural communities.
The determination and focus of our founders saw the organization through periods of great success and great strain. Through it all, a shared will advanced the organization and provided it with a deep sense of pride and a spirit of accomplishment. That pride streams through everything we do and continues to drive the organization forward. Everyone who comes in contact with Westerner Park feels the vibrancy and excitement of an organization that believes that the hands of many can accomplish any task.
We had the privilege to sit down and talk with two long-time volunteers of Westerner Park and that deep sense of pride was felt through the passion they have for Volunteering with Westerner Park.
George Young began volunteering with Westerner Park, 60 years ago. In 1959, Mr. Young was a foreman of the sign department for the City of Red Deer, putting up barricades.
Mr. Young had the knowledge and asked to sit in on meetings with the Red Deer Exposition Society to get a better understanding of when they were looking for. This led to the positions of Committee Chairman, Grounds Committee, Chuckwagon Committee, Westerner Park's 125-Year Anniversary Committee and Parade Marshal since 1990.
Mr. Young's favourite position has been Parade Marshal and continues to volunteer outside of Westerner Park such as for The Canada Winter Games.
We asked Mr. Young what makes you stay committed as a Westerner?
“If you’re not going to give it a full shot, don’t give it at all. Same with The Westerner, The Parade, and the Chuckwagon’s, if you’re going to do it, go and do it. People are expecting you to do your best, and that’s all you can do." - George Young
We also found an article by the City of Red Deer:
Tom Towers began volunteering with Westerner Park, then known as the Red Deer Agriculture Society, when Mrs. Martin, a past president's wife, asked Mr. Towers to work with her on the Junior Activities Committee 60 years ago when he was 12 or 13 years of age.
In 1965, Mr. Towers' father was President. During that time, the Red Deer Agriculture Society was replaced by the Red Deer Exhibition Association, a limited liability, not-for-profit, organization on December 4, 1965.
Mr. Towers became Chairman in 1970-71 and continued to be on the board when The Red Deer Exposition Society moved up to the current grounds. Mr. Towers stepped down when he became President in 1990-1991 when the Centrium was being built.
Some of Mr. Towers fondest memories was being on the chair of the Rodeo Committee and being nominated off the floor back when he was an elected onto the chair. He enjoyed being on the board for a number of years and moving up to the new grounds in the early eighties, when it was just Steve, Pete and Jim White, as staff.
Some of Mr. Tower's recent volunteering has been hosting Chute Tours for The Canadian Finals Rodeo and outside of Westerner Park with The Canada Winter Games.
We asked Mr. Towers what makes you stay committed as a Westerner?
“This is a community endeavour, and it pulls rural and urban together in a myriad of ways, through the different shows, and it’s the people.” -Tom Towers
We also found a message from Tom Towers when he was President from 1990-91 in the book, 100 Years of Progress - A History of Red Deer Fairs.