Winston Parker describes himself as an ordinary fellow, but nothing can be further from the truth. This extraordinary man has made extraordinary contributions to his community and to his country.
Raised in the Red Deer Lake / Priddis areas, Winston embodies the rural values of generosity, compassion and commitment to community. Winston joined the air force at the age of 21 and served as a wireless operator and wireless air gunner. In 1942 his Wellington bomber was shot down over Germany and he became a prisoner of war for the next three years.
He has helped build strong communities in the Foothills through his tireless efforts, particularly with the Royal Canadian Legion, Millarville Racing and Ag Society, MD of Foothills Agricultural Service Board, Heritage Park, the Southern Alberta Pioneers, Bomber Command Museum and SAIT among many others. In 1989 Winston ‘retired’ from his farm and moved to Okotoks. He was instrumental in fund-raising and planning for a seniors’ centre in Okotoks which is part of the Foothills Community Centre. The seniors’ centre stands as one of his lasting legacies to the community.
Winston turned 99 on July 31, 2017. Learn more about this extraordinary man by reading his biography, quite aptly titled “Saddles and Service – Winston Parker’s Story,” which was published in 2011.