A well-known Regina athlete and motivational speaker has learned he’s been nominated to have a Queen City street named after him.
Even as an active community member, Ted Jaleta said he was caught off-guard when he received an email last month congratulating him on making the nomination list.
Jaleta left Ethiopia as a refugee nearly 40 years ago, in order to get away from political upheaval in his home country. When he arrived in Regina, Jaleta remembers how he had to re-learn nearly everything — from language to ordering food — just so he could fit in.
He said receiving this honour — to have a street in his name — would be unthinkable in his past life.
“It’s just a huge honour to me and my wife and my family — we’re all so excited,” explained Jaleta. “I am quite active in the community, volunteering and trying to be a part of the solutions and not the problems.”
He believes it’s likely he was nominated for a street name based on his community involvement and passion for the city.
People are eligible to be nominated based on the following criteria:
- The person has to have lived in Regina for 10 years;
- The person has to have made a special contribution to the city, through a number of criterias;
- Titles and names of members of properties associated with the British monarchy or royal family;
- Big roles in Saskatchewan historic events;
- Regina and area residents awarded with selected civilian medals for acts of bravery or courage.
Right now, alongside Jaleta, more than 400 people are on the street name nomination list in Regina.