Edmonton's First Female Bus Driver Honoured
Edmonton's first female bus driver, Kathleen Andrews, has been honoured. "Kathleen Andrews Garage,"a City of Edmonton transit garage, will be located on Fort Road, north of Yellowhead Trail. Andrews Loop, Gate and Way are three roads in the Ambleside Neighbourhood that have also been named in her honour.
Kathleen Andrews Garage
Andrews Loop, Gate, Way
Light Horse Park
The South Alberta Light Horse (SALH) is a pan-Albertan regiment, with squadrons in Medicine Hat and Edmonton. The B Squadron SALH is located in the Brigadier James Curry Jefferson Armoury in Edmonton with the Loyal Edmonton Regiment. The SALH is an armoured reconnaissance regiment and part of the Canadian Army Primary Reserve. The SALH has existed historically in various forms since the Northwest Rebellion of 1885. With the advent of the Land Force Reserve restructuring project, the South Alberta Light Horse returned to its reconnaissance roots in 2004.
The naming of Light Horse Park will honour the current day South Light Horse, and all that have and continue to serve in that unit.
Alexander Decoteau Honoured
Alexander Decoteau, 1912. (CEA EA-1-2072)
Decoteau Trail was approved in 1971 to honour Alexander (Alex) Decoteau, an Olympic athlete and Canada's first Aboriginal police officer. Though this trail has honoured his name for years, and more recently, Decoteau Way in the Griesbach neighbourhood was named to pay tribute to his service with the Canadian Army, many believed that this devoted Edmontonian was deserving of something more. The story of Alex Decoteau's incredible life needed to be celebrated.
The Naming Committee received an overwhelming amount of support to honour Alex Decoteau's contributions to Canadian heritage, including letters written by grade 5/6 students at Patricia Heights School after a visit to Fort Edmonton Park, where the class learned of Alex Decoteau's many accomplishments. Further support was obtained from Alex Decoteau's grand niece.
"Edmonton has a rich aboriginal history and it is fitting that a park in the heart of our city is named for Alex Decoteau, who was a remarkable Edmontonian. Parks bring a sense of community as a place to gather and relax. As an important space, it deserves a notable name and I applaud those who helped make this happen."
- Mayor Don Iveson
"Students from Patricia Heights approached us after learning about Alex Decoteau, wanting us to find a way to honour his legacy. The downtown community and Edmonton Police Services got behind the idea, and we are excited to be honouring him through this park."
- Jeff Nachtigall, Naming Committee Chair
In recognition of this admirable man and the much-deserved support to honour his name, the Naming Committee has approved:
Alex Decoteau Park
Alex Decoteau Park is located at 10204 - 105 Street NW in the heart of Edmonton's Downtown neighbourhood. As sergeant of the West End Police Office in 1914, he protected the streets of what is currently known as the Warehouse District (105 Street NW to 109 Street NW) in the Downtown neighbourhood. There is a plan in place to commemorate the life of Alex Decoteau in this public park space.
Edmonton Artist Honoured
Hemophilia Advocate Honoured
Ken Poyser Park
Neighbourhood Naming Complete for Big Lake and Meadows
The neighbourhood names of Kinglet Gardens and Pintail Landing now complete the Big Lake ASP. Big Lake contains a naming theme of "Native Bird Species of the Big Lake Natural Area". The final neighbourhood within the Meadows ASP has been named Aster. The theme for this ASP is "Trees, Flowers, and Plants Native to Alberta".
Pioneer Bush Pilot Honoured
Frank Victor Burton Field