A group of volunteers gathered at the Estevan Collegiate Institute (ECI) monument in southwest Estevan on August 29 to spend a few hours cleaning and restoring the tribute.
Ken McDonald was among the individuals involved with the project. He and his wife, Elaine, now live on Vancouver Island, but they were in Estevan at the time of the clean-up.
A total of seven individuals were involved with the work bee.
They cleared off the stone block that was from the school, and repaired all of the vandalism that has occurred since the ECI monument opened a few years ago.
“Many of the blocks had been broken, and it was just a complete mess down here,” said McDonald.
Three concrete blocks were installed. Two weigh 800 pounds and a third weighs 400 pounds. They would have been too heavy for the volunteers to lift, so Sky Lift Service helped out with the installation.
New paint was applied to give the monument a fresh look.
McDonald said that after all the work was finished, the monument looks “100 per cent better.”
A few tasks still remain. Some decorative work will be completed at the site. A light pole will be mounted in an effort to curb the vandalism. A security camera might also be installed. New bricks will be added to some areas where the bricks were removed.
Four picnic tables have been purchased. They will be added so that people can enjoy lunch at the monument site, or watch baseball games happening at nearby Luscar Park.
“Hopefully the community has pride in what we have arranged out here,” said McDonald.