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We are building a Monument to commemorate emigration from the lands of Poland to Canada in Halifax - We Count on Your Support

May 24, 2018 - today we have partnered with the Polish Heritage Foundation of Canada, a registered charity which is able to issue tax receipts to donors.

The not-for-profit organization Polish Emigration Memorial Society is pleased to announce a project to build a memorial monument to commemorate emigration from the lands of Poland to Canada in Halifax. The unveiling ceremony of the Monument is scheduled on September 16, 2018.

This project was initiated by Jan Skora, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Poland, in Halifax in 2016. Subsequently, in cooperation with the Polish Canadian Society of Nova Scotia and the Polish Canadian Women’s Federation, Chapter 23 in Halifax, a Polish Emigration Memorial Committee was formed in February of this year to implement this initiative. The goal of the Committee is to recognize the emigration from the lands of Poland to Canada in a form of a monument to be located in a prominent location next to the main entrance to the National Museum of Immigration “Pier 21” in Halifax.

It is proposed that the main element of the monument will be a large natural rock obtained from Poland. The natural shape boulder/rock will symbolize immigrants arriving in Canada through the Port of Halifax. The artistic expression and form of the rock will be determined in consultation with specialists and experts in geology. A dedication plaque explaining the emigration process will be attached to the front face of the rock. It is also suggested that a bronze eagle be located on top of the rock to symbolize the immigrants’ connection with Poland.

The main rock will be set on top of one from the Province of Nova Scotia. The natural rough surface of this rock will represent the character of this land, where it was not always easy to start a new life. The simplicity and symbolism of the monument reflects the determination of emigrants as well as their adaptation and integration process on the continent.

Final selection of the rock in Poland took place on April 24, 2018. The major Polish Oil and Gas Company (PGNiG) is sponsoring transportation of the rock from Poland to Halifax. Port of Halifax, owner of the land in area of “Pier 21”, is donating the required land for the monument and has already approved its general concept. After completion, the Port will maintain the monument and the surrounding area. His Excellency Andrzej Kurnicki, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland in Canada, assumed the patronage of this initiative. The Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage as well as the Polish community in Alberta have declared their financial support.

The monument will become an important symbol for all Polish communities in Canada and will commemorate the immigration process from their native land.

We hope to count on Your support and financial assistance for this initiative. The estimated budget for this initiative is $50,000.

If you would like to get a charitable donation tax receipt, below are the ways to give:
Mail A Cheque To:
Polish Heritage Foundation of Canada Inc.
4089 St Margarets Bay Rd
Hubley NS Canada B3Z 1C2
Add a memo on your cheque: Monument Pier 21
Or Interac E-transfer:
Email address: PolishMonumentHalifax@gmail.com
Please use:
Security question: monument location
Security answer: pier21monument
Please provide your full mailing address for the donation tax receipt
If you are not interested in getting a charitable donations tax receipt, below are the ways to give:
GoFundMe campaign
Or Interac E-transfer:
Email address: PolishMonumentHalifax@gmail.com
Please use:
Security question: monument location
Security answer: pier21monument
Or Mail A Cheque To:
Polish Emigration Memorial Society
4089 St Margarets Bay Rd
Hubley NS Canada B3Z 1C2

More information about the project can be found on:
https://www.gofundme.com/polish-emigration-memorial-monument
http://polonianovascotia.ca/monument/
https://www.facebook.com/PolishEmigrationMemorialCommittee/

Please help us promote this initiative among your friends, relatives and in your communities.

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UPDATE 1 - April 24, 2018
Dr. Stanislaw Wolkowicz selected a rock donated by the quarry in Brenna in Poland. The preparations for shipment of the rock to Halifax, Nova Scotia will start soon. Visit this page frequently for new upddates.