Ruth M. Goldbloom, O.C., O.N.S., 1923 - 2012
Ruth was one of six children born to Rose Schwartz, a Russian immigrant to Cape Breton who was widowed at a young age. Inspired by her mother’s work ethic and dedication to community, Ruth became a lifelong volunteer fundraiser. Ruth has raised millions in support of health, education, and cultural institutions. She stimulated $9 million in donations to the original restoration of Pier 21, and spearheaded the $7 million Nation Builders campaign to provide ongoing resources to Pier 21 in perpetuity, maintaining its place in the hearts of all Canadians. Ruth embodies the spirit of “giving back” to Canada.