Former Westerner Park chief executive officer John Harms has died at age 63.
Born in 1955, Harms served as CEO from June 1996 to May 2014. Before joining the Westerner, he worked at Northlands Park in Edmonton.
“John oversaw projects that have helped to elevate Westerner Park into our current premier event facility status,” a Westerner Park Facebook post said.
These projects include the construction of the Harvest Centre, Donald Administration Building, Westerner Campground and the 330,000-square-foot expansion of Agri-Trade.
“John worked to ensure a successful future for Westerner Park and surrounding communities,” the Facebook post said. “Infamously coining the phrase ‘Westerner Pride,’ John’s legacy lives on, as he will forever be remembered in our hearts as a true Westerner.”
Harms died suddenly Jan. 5.