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Our Nation Builders

In 2005, the Pier 21 Foundation launched the Nation Builders Campaign, an Endowment to fund the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. Under the leadership of Ruth Goldbloom, the Nation Builders Campaign has accomplished its $7 million goal to establish this endowment fund. One million dollars was donated by, or in recognition of, each of the seven Nation Builders who have a connection to or an affinity for Pier 21. These extraordinary gifts will ensure that the stories of those who passed through Pier 21, and those who choose Canada as their home, will be remembered for generations to come.

Our Nation Builders symbolize what it means to be Canadian. The struggles, hard work, determination, sacrifice and vision of our Nation Builders exemplify Canada’s spirit.

Nation Builder Plaza

On November 2, 2009, the Museum honoured our seven Nation Builders at a special dedication ceremony at the newly created Nation Builder Plaza, located outside of the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21.

Nation Builder Plaza

With gratitude to those who made the construction of Nation Builder Plaza possible:

Halifax Port Authority

Power Corporation of Canada

And with thanks to the leadership donors to the Pier 21 Endowment Fund:

Alfredo, Angelo and Antonio DeGasperis

Marjorie and Sheldon Fountain, Elizabeth and Fred Fountain and Eileen Richardson

Emera – Nova Scotia Power

Nation Builder Plaque