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Portions of pathways in Estevan to be named after community leaders

Gale Tytlandsvik, Craig Bird, Mike Csada and the Estevan Brick Wildlife Park will be recognized.
A portion of pathway in Estevan will recognize the Estevan Brick Wildlife Park.

ESTEVAN - Four sections of pathways in Estevan will be named in honour of those who made significant contributions to the community.

Estevan city council approved the new names at Monday night's meeting. Half of the pathway from Kensington Avenue to Fourth Avenue will be named after the Estevan Brick Wildlife Park, while the other half of that pathway will be named Mike Csada Way, in honour of his work with the park. The pathway cuts through part of the former park area.

The wildlife park was home to many different species of animals from when it was open in the 1960s until the 1990s. This included buffalo, bears, goats, deer, llamas, a burro and many different species of birds. When the park was open to the public, many children and adults visited the attraction yearly.

Csada was instrumental in the opening of the Estevan Brick Wildlife Park and remained involved as a volunteer until it closed in the 1990s. He was very involved in getting the large animals into the wildlife park.

A section of pathway to be named after Craig Bird is in Lynn Prime Park, a 325-metre stretch heading west from Boey Way. Bird has dedicated many hours of his time to honouring those who have served in the military. He is the founder of the South East Military Museum, which educates people about military history and contributions.

He has also been involved with the Estevan branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, No Stone Left Alone and other efforts.

A section of pathway from McDonald Road to Kensington Avenue will be named after Gale Tytlandsvik. She has been involved with numerous projects, including a breast-feeding support group, the Estevan Early Years Family Resource Centre, garden tours, a metal art sculpture of ECS band students, the Garden Park on Fourth and numerous beautification projects such as murals in the community.

She dedicates many hours to the community on an annual basis.

Previously, a portion of a pathway in northeast Estevan was named after local author, historian and retired teacher Marie Donais Calder.


Also during the meeting, Coun. Shelly Veroba apologized for her conduct during a meeting earlier this year.

During the June 26 meeting, delegates from a group named Concerned Citizens SK appeared before council and asked for council to proclaim a Mom and Dad Week in July and to fly the straight pride flag. Council denied their request, citing the divisive nature of the issue.

At one point, Veroba called out a member of the delegation due to his conduct while council members were addressing the delegation.

Veroba apologized to council, the chambers and members of Concerned Citizens SK for "not following the proper council procedures and policies during the delegation."

She noted there was a high amount of emotion in the room that night, and she could have called for a point of order instead of continuing with her comments, which she said were "emotionally charged and came across as disrespectful."

Mayor Roy Ludwig had to call point of order on a number of occasions.

After her apology, members of Concerned Citizens SK applauded Veroba.