Remembering Ruth Goldbloom

August 30, 2012, Halifax, NS—It is with a profound sense of loss that the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 acknowledges the passing of Ruth Goldbloom, O.C., O.N.S.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our co-founder, colleague and friend. The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 would not exist if it was not for Ruth’s vision, tireless efforts and passionate leadership.” said John Oliver, Chairperson of the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21.  “She was a champion for the Museum, from its restoration in 1999 and in its journey to becoming a national museum and beyond. Her spirit will forever be part of Pier 21.”

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Marie Chapman appointed first CEO

Marie Chapman was appointed the first CEO of the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. The announcement was made on October 25, 2011, by the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

"I am pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Chapman," said Minister Moore. "She is a creative, resourceful professional with passion for the cause, and she brings with her a wealth of talent and knowledge that is sure to benefit the Museum."

Ms. Chapman was a central figure in the establishment of the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 while working at the Pier 21 Society as Chief Operating Officer. She was the Director of Marketing, Sales, and Development at the Museum from 2003 to 2011 and has been its Chief Operating Officer since 2008.

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Minister MacKay Officially Opens the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

On February 7, 2011, Pier 21 celebrated special milestone. The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and the Atlantic Gateway, on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, was on hand to announce the official opening of the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21.

The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 is Canada’s sixth national museum and only the second located outside of the national capital region. However, the crowd was especially enthusiastic when Minister MacKay quipped that the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 is actually the first, since it is open ready for business, unlike its sister museum the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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