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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.”

“Ruth’s heartfelt commitment to Pier 21, to the community and to our country is inspirational. I am truly privileged to have worked alongside Ruth,” said Marie Chapman, C.E.O of the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. “She was a remarkable woman and an exemplary Canadian, she will be dearly missed.”

A graduate of McGill University, Ruth has served on the boards of a number of education and community organizations. In 1967, she moved to Halifax, where she pursued her active involvement with several organizations, including the Metro United Way, Mount Saint Vincent University, Dalhousie University’s Annual Fund and the Pier 21 Society. As Chair of the Pier 21 Foundation, Ruth raised $9 million in donations for the original restoration of Pier 21, and she spearheaded the $7-million Nation Builders Campaign.

She has received many honours and awards, including honorary degrees from numerous universities and Canada’s 125th Anniversary Commemorative Medal. As well, Ruth is an Officer of the Order of Canada and a member of the Order of Nova Scotia.

In honour of Ruth, the Ruth Goldbloom Educational Bursary Fund has been created. This Fund recognizes Ruth’s passion for Pier 21 and Canada, and her sincere commitment to making education accessible for everyone.

Donations will help ensure that young people from across the country have the opportunity to visit Pier 21 to experience firsthand a vital part of Canada’s heritage and share in Ruth’s dream for a better Canada.

A public funeral service will take place on Friday, August 31 at 2 p.m. at the Cunard Centre at Pier 23, 961 Marginal Road, Halifax, followed by a reception at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, 1055 Marginal Road, Halifax.

For more information:

Cailin MacDonald
Communications Manager
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
T : (902) 425-2320