Polish Emigration Memorial Monument

$1,755 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 20 people in 1 month
Created April 11, 2018
Polish Emigration
on behalf of Polish Emigration Memorial Society
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 monument will be located in a prominent location next to the main entrance to the National Museum of Immigration “Pier 21” in Halifax, Nova Scotia and will be a permanent testimony of Polish emigration to Canada as well as will have a great historical and emotional value for subsequent generations of Poles living in Canada.

The unveiling ceremony of the Monument is scheduled on September 16, 2018.

The five society directors are Elizabeth Rulka, Teresa Skora, Paul Lenarczyk, Beata Wojsyk and Katarzyna Wolkowicz.

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 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.

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.

Please share your and your family immigration story with us. You can enter it in the comments box when you submit your donation.  We will collect this information to make sure that your story will not be lost for the future generation.

We hope to count on Your support and financial assistance for this initiative.  Donor contributions of $100 or over will be publicly recognized.

The estimated budget for this initiative is $50,000.

Donations for this project can be made to this GoFundMe campaign or:Cash can be given to any director of the society aboveInterac E-transfer:Email address is PolishMonumentHalifax@gmail.com
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The main rock of the Polish Emigration Memorial Monument has been selected on April 24, 2018 by Dr. Stanislaw Wolkowicz, an expert geologist at a quarry in Brenna, Poland. The shipment of the rock to Halifax will be arranged and financed by Polish Oil and Gas Company (PGNiG SA) in the near future.
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$1,755 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 20 people in 1 month
Created April 11, 2018
Polish Emigration
on behalf of Polish Emigration Memorial Society
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