MONTREAL, Sept. 22, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Today, as the foundations of the
new Shriners Hospitals for Children®-Canada are appearing above ground, the Cornerstone of the new facility
was officially laid. Based on an ancient Masonic tradition, this
ceremony which is now practised for its symbolism was attended by
Masons and Shriners from around North America, officials from Shriners
Hospitals for Children, government and corporate partners, patients,
families and friends. Current and past patients from across the
country were present to represent generations of patients treated in
the past, the reason new the hospital is being built.
The laying of the cornerstone, a Masonic rite, marked a significant
moment in the construction of the new hospital. VIPS attending the
masonic ceremony, which was overseen by Grand Master Jean Reed of the
Grand Lodge of Quebec, including the Minister of Families of Quebec,
Nicole Léger, the Speaker of the National Assembly, Jacques Chagnon,
the MNA for Masson, Diane Gadoury-Hamelin, the MP for Westmount, Marc
Garneau; the Mayor of Montreal, Laurent Blanchard, the Mayor of
Westmount, Peter Trent and the Mayor of NDG/Cote-des-Neiges, Lionel
Perez. Representing Shriners, Richard Brousseau, Chairman of the Karnak
Shriners of Montreal was joined by officials from Shriners
International including Imperial Potentate John Cinotto; CEO Doug
Maxwell, and Jerry Gantt, Imperial Officer and Liaison for the
construction of the new hospital. Also in attendance were the Exceptional Care for Exceptional Kids campaign co-chairs Peter Letko and Deborah Josephson, M.D with Rick &
Carolyn E. Renaud.
The Cornerstone Laying Ceremony is a celebration of masonic symbols and
a truly historical event. Following masonic tradition, Grand Master
Jean Reed first positioned the cornerstone, after which it was checked,
or proven by the Junior Grand Warden, Senior Grand Warden, Deputy Grand
Master and Grand Master respectively.
This was followed by the Masonic Rite of Consecration, a deeply symbolic
ceremony during which the cornerstone, following ancient custom, was
anointed with corn, wine and oil: corn representing abundance; wine the
symbol of joy and cheerfulness, while oil represents peace and
unanimity. Salt was then sprinkled on the cornerstone as a symbol of
friendship and fidelity, ensuring peace, happiness and prosperity for
all who will enter the new hospital.
According to Grand Master Reed, "Traditionally, the cornerstone (or
dedication stone) was the first stone set when building a foundation.
It acted as the reference to all other stones while building the
structure. Today, the cornerstone is mostly ceremonial, indicating the
date of construction."
True to custom, a cornerstone often holds a time capsule and, in the
next year, a time capsule containing items commemorating the era and
hospital's outstanding achievements over its 90 years of service will
be prepared to be placed inside the cornerstone when it is installed on
The new ultra-modern Shriners Hospital is scheduled to open in the fall
of 2015, with the building structure being completed in early 2014, and
the exterior envelope, inside finishing and electro-mechanical work
being substantially completed by end of 2014.
Shriners Hospitals for Children-Canada provides world-class care to
children from across Canada, the U.S. and abroad in a family-focused
environment. This relatively small hospital is a centre of excellence
in pediatric orthopaedics and is recognized internationally for its
world-class research and bone-disease treatment. For more information,
please see www.exceptionalcare4kids.com.
PICTURES TO COME
SOURCE: Hôpital Shriners pour enfants (Canada)
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