The Petersfield Mallard Duck
The Petersfield Mallard Duck statue in the Petersfield Park, located on Highway #9 and the banks of Netley Creek, was initially the idea of local residents Joan English and Ted Balcaen. They thought that it would be a great idea for Petersfield to have its own symbol to represent the surrounding area and the village. The Mallard duck was chosen because of its abundance in the Petersfield, Netley Lake and Netley Marsh areas.
A committee was formed between residents from the area and a representative from the municipality. The committee consisted of four members. Elva Juba, local resident, was the president, By-Law Enforcement Officer and Municipal Constable, J.C "Curly" Gagnon, was the vice-president, while Ted Balcaen, and Peter Pruden were members of the committee.
The committee toured various communities around Manitoba to inspect the delicate craftsmanship of their wildlife statues. After viewing these statues and taking into consideration the recommendations of the committees from other towns, the Petersfield committee decided to hire Wayne Arthur to construct their statue. Wayne Arthur is a resident of the Rural Municipality of St.Andrews and was highly recommended by the Towns that the committee visited. The committee also deemed his craftsmanship the best. He completed the Mallard Duck in 1996 and it was placed in the Petersfield Park the same year.
Wayne Arthur passed away November 30, 1999.
by Ten Clegg