Edward George Cavalsky was a member of Ashlar Lodge who played an important role in Nanaimo civic affairs during the early 20th century.
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He served as a a city alderman in 1909, 1911, 1912, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1924, 1925, 1927, 1928, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935
“Edward George Cavalsky served 17 terms as alderman, first being elected to the South Ward in 1909. His last term was from 1930 to 1935. His is the longest service of any alderman. Born in Denmark, he came to Nanaimo in 1880, and for a time worked for the Canadian Pacific Navigation Company before he and his wife Laura turned their energies to operating a grocery store. Later in life he operated his own insurance and accounting business. As alderman he headed the finance committee and earned a reputation for being frugal with the city books.”
source: Jan Paterson, Harbour City, Nanaimo in Transition, 1920-1967. page 168
The City of Nanaimo created the Nanaimo Municipal Library Board in 1923. The first chairman was Joseph Randle, who held the post for one year before being succeeded as chairman by Edward George Cavalsky, who sat as chairman of the Nanaimo Municipal Library Board for the next ten years.