"I was the youngest of 72 girls running in the competition that year. I was planning to see what it was like and run again in a few years when I was older, but I was lucky enough to see it all the way through. It was an incredible year — I was crowned a Stampede Princess. It opened a lot of doors for me. As I was finishing my last year of marketing at Mount Royal, I was able to use those contacts and I walked out of college with a job with the Calgary Stampeders.
My relationship with the Stampede grew and I was fortunate enough to come on board as Centennial Manager in 2012 — and it was such a great celebration. There was so much pride in the city for the Stampede, and I feel that same sense of pride now that I’m with SAIT. The Stampede centennial and the SAIT centennial are both city celebrations because both institutions have a rich history here and helped shape Calgary into what it is today.
For Stampede’s centennial, we did a city-wide fireworks show called, “Light up the City” presented by TransAlta. There were five fireworks locations synchronized to the same music — it was the largest synchronized fireworks show in Canada. I’m very excited that SAIT gets to open its doors on Oct. 16 to celebrate its 100th birthday and end the day with spectacular fireworks as well.”
Melissa McKay, SAIT Centennial Event Project Manager | Calgary Stampede Princess ’93 | Calgary Stampede Centennial Manager ‘12