Volunteers are the heart and soul of the Ponoka Stampede and are integral to our continued success.

Since 2009, the Ponoka Stampede has awarded our volunteers by presenting an "Errol McMillan" Volunteer of the Year award.

Errol McMillan was an unsung hero at the Ponoka Stampede. Errol was a Director of the Ponoka Stampede Association Board for over 25 years who dedicated his time and his talents to the Association. During his 25 years on the Board he was the Chairman of the Downtown Beer Gardens and the 3-Mile Long Parade. After he resigned from the Board he volunteered as the Ponoka Stampede Secretary/Treasurer. There wasn't a penny Errol missed; he was always "right on the money". Behind the scenes of the Ponoka Stampede, Errol devoted countless hours of planning, designing and building to the Association, he was an architect by trade and is the visionary and engineer behind the construction of the Ponoka Stampede Rodeo Office and the Stagecoach Saloon. Errol was also a Member of the Ponoka Town Council and ran for the Mayor of Ponoka.

Friends of Errol always knew it was 'Ponoka Stampede' time when Errol had his hat, boots and spurs on and his horse trailer was hooked up to his car. Thank you Errol for all the years of dedication and devotion to the Ponoka Stampede, you have set the bar high.

In 2015, the Ponoka Stampede was fortunate to have over 800 volunteers. We want to say "Thank you." Our volunteers are loyal fans and members of the following organizations.

Air Cadets, Girl Guides, Knights of Columbus, Bashaw Ag Show Committee, Gwynne School Parents Association, Hoadley Cemetery, Locoka Lacrosse, Love of Dance Association, Needsmor Stables, Ponoka Figure Skating Club, Ponoka Fire Dept, Ponoka Gymnastics Club, Ponoka Kinnettes, Ponoka Kinsmen Club, Ponoka Lions Club, Ponoka Pool Sharks, Ponoka United Church, Ponoka Royal Canadian Legion, Silver Valley Riders, Wetaskiwin Bombers Fastball Team, Wetaskiwin Ski Club, Winfield Legion, West Beef 4-H.

The recipients of the Errol McMillan Volunteer of the Year are:

2015 - John McCaughey
2014 - Darlene Maas
2013 - Trudy Rausch
2012 - Lyle Norn
2011 - Keith Kjenner
2010 - Jim Harbidge
2009 - Errol McMillan

Are you or your organization interested in fundraising through our Volunteer Program at the Ponoka Stampede?

If so, please contact the Ponoka Stampede Headquarters and Rodeo Office at 403-783-3120