May & John Lockhart have been recognized for all their work in the community

John and May Lockhart were presented with the High River District Health Care Foundation’s Clifford and Louise Lougheed Award for outstanding Philanthropy and were also nominated for the Calgary Stampede Western Legacy Award in the Sustained Contributions Individual category Submitted

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May & John Lockhart attended the High River Health Care Foundation’s 33rd Annual Dinner & Auction on Oct. 19 at the Highwood Memorial Centre, just as a way to celebrate and support the Health Care Foundation.

While enjoying the pleasant evening, they were surprised to learn that they would be acknowledged and presented the Clifford and Louise Lougheed Award for outstanding Philanthropy.

May & John have been involved with 4H for many years, supporting the club both financially and through leadership. They also have assisted students with the financial burden of post-secondary by establishing various scholarships at educational institutions that they attended.

John was introduced to 4-H in 1952, when he was a member of the East Longview Grain Club, High River Beef Club and the Cayley Beef Club. Both John & May’s sons were in 4-H as well.

The Longview 4-H Beef Club holds a donation steer program where the High River District Health Care Foundation has been the recipient of the funds gathered for nine years. Traditionally the steer has been sold and put back on the auction block with the Lockhart’s being the final buyer.

Fund Development & Communications Officer from the High River District Health Care Foundation, Cathy Couey gave a speech about the Lockharts’ at the Dinner.

“The Lockhart’s are some of the most humble, kind, understated and generous people you could meet. They exemplify rural values and live day to day by those values. They believe in preserving history and traditions and promoting the rural life while encouraging and investing in young people who are our future leaders,” said Couey.

“Congratulations and thank you to May & John.”

The Lockharts were grateful in receiving this award.

“It makes me feel that what we are doing is worthwhile and that we are a doing a good job,” said May.

The Lockharts’ were also nominated for the Stampede Western Legacy Award in the Sustained Contributions Individual category. The awards were held at the Stampede Grounds in Calgary on Oct. 29, and although they didn’t win, it was a great experience for them. This also came out of the blue and they were both surprised that they were nominated.

“We were very humbled and honoured, but it’s not something that we sought to get,” said John.

Cathy Couey and the High River District Health Care Foundation were the ones who nominated the Lockharts.

“It was great to see the others nominated and to hear a little about them,” said May.

“They are committed totally to their communities and we feel that we want to support the community, because we love our community and we saw that in each of the nominees as well.”

The Lockharts give back and give back wherever they can. They will be giving out 16 scholarships to 16 students in six universities they have established endowments at. They also give back to the Alberta’s Children Hospital in Calgary.

This was important to them because their son had to be transported to the hospital in Calgary every three or four days, from when they were living in High River.

Their son Doug Lockhart was diagnosed with cancer when he was 13-years-old and passed away at the young age of 19-years-old in 1985.

“His intent was always to go to university and he did,” said John.

“He wanted to see better care for children when it comes to treatment. He didn’t want them to stay in hospitals for long hours and that is also a reason we give back,” said May.