Richard Gotfried 高 飛 MLA,

Calgary-Fish Creek

403-278-4444 • calgary.fishcreek@assembly.ab.ca • www.calgaryfishcreek.ab.ca

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July is here and so are the dog days of summer! The month is filled with some of my favourite festivals and events, such as the Calgary Stampede, Dragon Boat Festival, and Folk Fest. As a born and raised Calgarian I take great pride in the globally-recognized Smithbilt Hat. In 1947 the first white hats were produced for the Calgary Stampede and the following year Calgary Stampeder fans gave them away while attending Grey Cup festivities in Toronto. The tradition of presenting honoured guests with a “White Hat” was formalized in 1950 by then Calgary Mayor Don MacKay. He had a vision that the “white hat” could symbolize civic spirit and be iconic to Calgary. Today the legacy continues under Tourism Calgary and is a symbol of our Western hospitality and generosity of spirit. “White Hatting” ceremonies have been conducted for visiting dignitaries and celebrities such as Queen Elizabeth II and Mickey Mouse and when you fly through the Calgary Airport you are greeted by amazing Calgary brand ambassadors wearing the white hat. This Stampede season you will see me wearing my Smithbilt hat with pride. Yahoo!

July is also a wonderful time to explore Fish Creek Park. On July 21st the Friends of Fish Creek will host “CreekFest” to educate and entertain at the Bow Valley Ranch. Did you know that the Friends of Fish Creek hold a speaker’s series throughout the year? Did you know that the “Friends” also offer courses such as birding and nature photography? Or that they offer wellness programs, such as meditation and grief healing in a natural setting? The Friends of Fish Creek are amazing community partners and help Parks staff in stewarding the amazing resource we enjoy in our backyard. For more information on their programs visit: https://friendsoffishcreek.org/.

Watch out for me this summer, and know that I welcome the opportunity to chat with constituents of all ages as I humbly continue my commitment to you at the doors, parks and gathering places within our great communities!

Save the date for my 3rd Annual Stampede BBQ, Saturday July 7th 11am-2pm at our Bonavista Downs office. Live music from Barter and Cash, carnival games, face painting, Spolumbos and ice cream for all!