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Mount Royal University Centennial Mural
Darcy Presiloski

Jack Leslie

Panel before
Artist Comments:
Jack Leslie was a MRC student in 1938, a WW II pilot, an alderman for the City of Calgary and became the first Calgary-born mayor from 1965 to 1969.

Thanks to his leadership, Calgary achieved international status with the airport, Prince’s Island Park was created, Nose Hill and Confederation Parks development was begun and the city center began to grow with projects like Palliser Square.  As well, urban renewal and low-cost housing were projects he supported.

Jack Leslie’s most enduring legacy was the creation of Calgary’s green belts on the banks of Calgary’s rivers.  Going against a plan for railway and commercial development along the Bow river that had the support of many politicians, business and community leaders, Jack Leslie led a small group who fought against this plan and surprisingly, won.  The result is Calgary’s wonderful system of public walkways and green spaces.

The portrait of Jack Leslie was referenced from a photo taken during his years as mayor.  Included on the panel is a small cityscape during Jack Leslie’s tenure as mayor when Calgary’s landmark, the then Husky Tower was predominant.  The mountains and the river, with green banks are also represented.

Artist Statement
I was honoured to paint Jack Leslie’s portrait. He was an inspiring person: a MRC student in 1938, a WW II pilot, an alderman for the City of Calgary and the first Calgary-born mayor. A small cityscape was included in the portrait depicting the then Husky Tower and the green spaces along the river that Jack Leslie helped create.

Artist Bio:
DARCY PRESILOSKI is a professional artist and teacher. Born in Alberta, she lived on a farm in southern Alberta in her childhood. Her art reflects her roots in the western images she depicts. Her passion is creating paintings that reflect moments in time.