Inspired to Stampede
Published Wednesday, March 28, 2012 3:01PM MDT
David Chalack is a Stampede Veteran and worked with the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth for three decades before becoming President and Chairman in 2009 and 2010.
Chalack's successor, Mike Casey, says he brings a lot of passion to everything he does.
"He brought that passion to the Stampede when he joined as a volunteer back in the 80s and continued that passion as he joined the board and led the organization as president and chairman," said Casey.
David Chalack was presented with one of the first sixty Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals in Ottawa by Governor General David Johnston and Prime Minister Stephen.
"It was an honour to be there and certainly being welcomed by the governor general and the prime minister, a real honour," said Chalack.
At the ceremony both the GG and the PM spoke of Chalack's work to make the Stampede a world leader in animal health and safety.
"The Stampede has been at the forefront, I mean we certainly know that at any one time we can have over 75 hundred animals under our care and stewardship here and it's very important to us," said Chalack.
"He has led the charge in leading the Stampede in being very much the best and being recognized around the world for its animal care," said Casey.
Chalack is also world renowned for his work in bovine genetics, something he believes is vital to feeding the rapidly growing population.
"The genetics business is very exciting. We'll have in 2050 nine billion people to feed and we've gotta have healthier more productive livestock and that's what genetics does," said Chalack.
For his pioneering work and Diamond Jubilee recognition, David Chalack is this week's Inspiring Albertan.