A pioneer of education in the city will be remembered with the establishment of the Brother Stanislaus Greenway.
The request for the designation was made by the St. Joseph’s College Alumni Association at the regular meeting of Yorkton Council Monday.
“St. Joseph’s school was opened on December 24, 1920 and provided student residence and a Catholic education for Ukrainian boys from across Western Canada,” noted Ed Lishchynski, chairperson of the alumni group.
Lischchynski said Brother Stanislaus was an important figure in the College’s early days.
“Brother Stanislaus was a former Director of the Ukrainian Catholic College which he had served faithfully from the time of its inception in 1919 until the time of his death in 1938,” he said.
Lischchynski said the early educator was recognized previously.
“Originally, a Brother Stanislaus Park was dedicated on the grounds of St. Joseph’s College in May of 1940 to perpetuate the memory of Brother Stanislaus. Over the course of time the landscape has changed and the history almost forgotten,” he said.
Darcy McLeod, Director of Community Development, Parks and Recreation noted St. Joseph’s College created a park space on the grounds of the College and dedicated it to the memory and strong moral character of Brother Stanislaus in May 1940 through a community celebration.
At the time of the celebration “Charles A. Peaker, Mayor of Yorkton was quoted speaking about Brother Stanislaus in the May 23, 1940 edition of The Yorkton Enterprise. He said, “We of the City Council,, in our various meetings with Brother Stanislaus … found him to be a perfect gentleman” and also referred to him as “a tower of strength”,” added McLeod.
The idea put forward by the alumni group was to once again recognize the contribution.
“St. Joseph’s College Alumni are prepared to install a memorial and signage commemorating the positive impact Brother Stanislaus had on so many young men and the greater community. We appreciate that the grounds of St. Joseph’s College will be used for housing once again, however St. Joseph’s College Alumni Association thinks that the historical significance of these grounds, and the man that had such a profound impact on our community, should be formally recognized,” said Lischchynski.
“Therefore, we respectfully request that the municipal buffer between the new residential subdivision known as CJ Houston Place to the east, and the school formerly known as CJ Houston School to the west, be named Brother Stanislaus Greenway,”