“IN THE SPOTLIGHT” September Volunteer: Kevin Wilson

“IN THE SPOTLIGHT”
September Volunteer
KEVIN WILSON INTERVIEW

Famously known for his saying “HERE SHE COMES!”
Occupation: General Manager, Green Drop Rock Products

Commencing this month, ROARR will introduce our supporters to an outstanding volunteer of the month. It was unanimous that our September spotlight would be Kevin Wilson, AKA “Santa Claus”, “Head Fire Chief”, “Head Chef”, and, on numerous occasions, “Black Bart.” We sat down with Kevin over coffee in Cochrane to get to know a wee bit more about this cheerful Brit.
Place of Birth: A mining village in Northeast England, UK – close to Sunderland
Moved to Canada: 1971, to the coal mining village of Grand Cache, Alberta when he was 13 years old!

ROARR: What is a fond childhood memory?
K.W.: Selling sticks from my bicycle to local villagers. When a house is
heated by coal, you start the coal with a layer of newspaper and
kindling (sticks).

ROARR: How do you describe yourself?
K.W.: A Gruff, Gentle Giant.

ROARR: What are your favorite activities?
K.W.: Calgary Flames Hockey team, Las Vegas trips, Jackpot (my dog), and my garden gnomes.

ROARR: You have been Santa for a long time to various charities, companies, telethons, hospitals, and private groups. How did this happen?
K.W.: I bought a suit in 1982 from Simpson Sears, and have loved being
Santa in the United States, the U.K., and Canada. I feel like I have
something to give to others when I’m Santa…I know that a bunch of “littles” add to create something big, and I’m grateful to be help to
contribute.

ROARR: What attracts you to ROARR?
K.W.: The willingness of the staff and volunteers to help older seniors, and
also, kids, who are financially lacking. I feel like I’m part of the ROARR
team when we help these people in a beautiful ranch setting.

 

ROARR: What do you do as a volunteer for ROARR?
K.W.: Anything that they ask, I do! … I am grateful and happy to do it.

 

ROARR: Can you share a favorite memory of a ROARR event?
K.W.: Two immediately come to mind. When we hosted Inn from the Cold for a Christmas party, there was an arts and crafts activity hour for the children. One little girl came up to me after and gave me a Christmas gift. She painted me a rock and said, “I love you, Santa.”

At another Christmas party for seniors, the older women would NOT
get off my knee. They wanted me for Christmas!

2017 Stampede Style

On May 28th, 2017 we hosted a ROARR “Raise the Barn” BBQ – a fundraising afternoon at RiverCross Ranch that provided an afternoon of fun, music, and entertainment for every age group. From Noon until 4:00, we had over 300 people come and join us for the barbecue with entertainment, a bake sale, a chance to bid on some great auction items, hayrides, and even an old-fashioned cake walk!

The Stampede Royalty and Indian Princess made an appearance and handed out cake at our fantastic cake walk!

The Calgary Fiddlers magical sounds filled the air!!

Music to our ears!

Enjoy the delightful sounds of the Calgary Fiddlers throughout the day.

Did you ever want to experience this wonderful music on an authentic western historical ranch?
This is your chance!

The delicious delicacies of All Beef Catering is included in the price of Admission.  Only $25 for adults and $15 for children (under 10) – get your tickets and get yourself a Beef on a Bun: Click here to buy!

Welcome to
Wild, Wild West!

With fast paced and hard-hitting action, these stuntmen will amaze and entertain you with the unsurpassed reality of their fight scenes and accuracy of their punches! With high falls and explosions so realistic you’ll hardly believe it when they get up after the show.
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Walk for Cake!

You can have your cake and eat it too! Join in the fun at the ROARR Cake Walk.  Entry is $10 per person, tickets available at the door.What’s your favorite type of cake? Tell us on our Facebook page »


MEET THE ROYALTY

Congratulations to Calgary Stampede Queen Meagan Peters, Princess Brittany Lloyd, Princess Lizzie Ryman, and Indian Princess Savanna Sparvier from the Siksika First Nations represents the tribes of Treaty 7 (Siksika, Tsuu T’ina, Stoney, Piikani and Kainai Nations), Indian Village and the Calgary Stampede.
 

Join the Calgary Stampede Royalty at our ROARR Event Sunday, May 28th! 

2016 ROARR Christmas – Subbing for Santa

This year, ROARR was so pleased to come together with Green Drop Lawns Inc. and gather items for the residents at Clifton Manor in NE Calgary.  Thanks to all of our Volunteers and sponsors for coming together to make this miracle happen!

2015 Stampede Breakfast

ROARR volunteers came together to create an authentic Stampede Breakfast! Not only could guests get pancakes and sausages, some guests even found a few extra eggs around!!

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2014 Christmas for Families from Inn from the Cold

What a wonderful event we were able to host, with help from Inn from the Cold, who identified a number of families that could use a little extra Christmas cheer this year!

Thanks to all of our volunteers for coming together to make this happen.