ST. JOHN'S, NL, June 22, 2012 /CNW/ - The Home from The Sea campaign is realizing great support to its fundraising efforts thanks
to an investment from the Government of Canada. Today, the Honourable
Peter Penashue, Regional Minister for Newfoundland and Labrador,
Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs President of the Queen's Privy
Council for Canada, announced a $500,000 contribution to the campaign
on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage
and Official Languages.
"The seal fishery has played an important role in the culture and
heritage of our province as well as the economic success of communities
across Newfoundland and Labrador", says Minister Penashue. "By
supporting this initiative, our Government is proudly displaying its
commitment to supporting the seal fishery, past and present, as well as
its contributions to our culture and identity."
The Home from The Sea campaign is raising $2.5 million to create a memorial statue,
educational interpretation centre and walking path in Elliston, NL.
Once completed, it will honour and acknowledge sealers and help educate
future generations of contributions of the seal fishery.
During the event held this morning at the Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland in
St. John's, Minister Penashue committed $500,000 to the Home from The Sea Campaign to assist the campaign reaching its goal.
The Honourable John C. Crosbie, Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and
Labrador and Patron of the Home from The Sea campaign spoke to the importance of the project at the press conference.
"The time has come for us to recognize the contributions of sealers to
our society and economy," says His Honour. "This memorial and
interpretation centre will commemorate the sacrifices of those who face
hardship and danger to support their families and build the communities
we call home."
Campaign Co-Chairs Leo Power and Chris Collingwood shared the campaign's
gratitude to the Government of Canada, saying, "The Home from The Sea campaign is very appreciative of this investment from the Government of
Canada and is truly humbled by the support we have received from donors
to date." Power added that with this contribution the campaign has
reached $2.1 million milestone.
Home from The Sea includes a memorial sculpture as well as interpretation centre and
interpretive walking path. It is a memorial recognizing the loss of
life from the 1914 Sealing Disasters and, in the larger context,
recognition of the lives and work of all sealers and their historic
contribution to the culture, economy and development of communities
throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.
SOURCE Home from The Sea
For further information:
Campaign Coordinator - Home from The Sea
(709) 753-0794, Ext 29
Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs