In a news release, the Stampede said the endowment will support the Foundation’s education programs, such as Stampede School and OH Ranch School and their innovative approach to engaging students in agriculture, western heritage and community building.
“Supporting youth and education is our passion,” said Wayne Chiu, in a statement. “The Stampede Foundation’s education programs empower youth with knowledge and skills that, even at a young age, teaches students that they have a role to play in shaping their neighbourhood, their school, and their family. They learn this through the Stampede’s deep connection to its values of trust, integrity and community spirit.”
The Stampede said the Foundation’s educational programs engage more than 1,500 students a year, between Stampede School and the OH Ranch School. Beyond the knowledge and skills they acquire through the programs, youth learn important skills-for-life aimed at supporting their development and understanding of their impact on others and the world around them, it said, adding that the Chiu family’s vision for the endowment is for the Stampede Foundation’s education programs to continue to instill resiliency, strength and kindness into youth that will, in turn, shape the growth and legacy of our city and region.
“The generosity of the Chiu family is incredible,” said Bob Thompson, Chairman of the Calgary Stampede Foundation Board. “In addition to benefiting our education programs, this generous gift ensures Calgary’s youth have a welcoming place on Stampede Park. A place where they have a strong sense of belonging and ultimately contribute towards the tremendous future of our community.”
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