It wasn't until the fall of 1979 at the age
of 83, that Nick would become ambitious again. During this time the question of
a tourist attraction arose and after some discussion by the Canora Chamber of
Commerce, a motion was passed to ask the public to come up with submissions for
an idea for a Canora Attraction. Once again the enigmatic wheels in Lewcuks head
began to turn and after a few night of insomnia Nick came up with a great idea.
He could build a 25 foot sculpture of a woman
in traditional Ukrainian costume holding a tray with a vial of salt and kolach
[a braided Ukrainian bread] which is a customary method of greeting used by
Slavics around the world.
The statue was to be called Lesia, in memory of a famous female icon from the
Ukraine's past. The Chamber of Commerce loved the idea and plans were set into
motion immediately to begin construction.
On a rainy day on September 3rd 1980 at 2pm
Governor Genera General Edward Schreyer performed the Official unveiling
ceremony. The statue can still be seen as you enter Canora!