Thank you to rodeo volunteers

We had the privilege of attending the Ponoka Stampede and would like to express our deep gratitude to the Stampede board and their group of volunteers.

Dear Editor:

We had the privilege of attending the Ponoka Stampede and would like to express our deep gratitude to the Stampede board and their group of volunteers. First of all, the Stampede was well run and surpassed any other rodeo we have attended. We certainly will be back next year.

My husband and I were honoured to accompany an elderly gentleman, Doug Rogers, who is experiencing some serious health issues. He has attended your rodeo for the last 12 years and was determined that he would not miss this one. While we were concerned about his ability to get to his seat, we soon realized that the volunteers were ready and willing to go above and beyond our expectations.

I would like to make special mention and give extra thanks to Terry Kostiuk for all his compassion and assistance. He provided a stool for Doug to rest on until he was strong enough for the trip up the stairs and helped so much with getting Doug in and out of the vehicle. As well, other volunteers helped us with the stairs and did everything possible to make Doug’s experience a pleasant one. The other rodeo fans were also remarkably helpful and understanding.

Again thanks so much for a wonderful week of rodeo and kudos to your fine group of volunteers.

Vair and Pam Whitlow, Didsbury

on behalf of Doug and Peggy Rogers