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  • Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland

     

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  • 24 September 2018

    On 15-17 September 2018 Mr. Andrzej Dera, Secretary of State in the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland, visited Toronto, Halifax and Montreal. The Polish Emigration Memorial unveiling at “Pier 21” in Halifax was the most meaningful point of the visit.

     

    During his stay in Toronto on September 15, Minister A. Dera met with members of the Polish community in Canada at the Roncesvalles Polish Festival opening, visited the School Consultation Point and the Polish care home Copernicus and put a wreath at the Katyń monument.

    The ceremony of unveiling of the Polish Emigration Memorial in Halifax on September 16, displayed outside the Canadian Museum of Immigration "Pier 21" gathered a wide range of participants representing, among others, federal authorities (MP Mr. Andy Fillmore, Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Canadian Heritage), local authorities (Nova Scotia, Mayor of Halifax Mr. Mike Savage and Councillors), diplomatic corps (Honorary Consuls of Mexico Mr. Galo Caritas, Germany Ms. Suzanne Rix, Brazil Mr. Carlos Vila, Estonia Mr. John Soosaar, Belgium Mr. Patrick Philips and Chile Mr. Marcos Zentilli), the Canadian Armed Forces (e.g. Col John MacDonald), as well as the Polish community (the Polish Canadian Congress Quebec Branch  - Edward Sliz, the Polish Combatants’ Association in Canada Ottawa Branch and Toronto Branch - Joseph Semrau, Wiesław Kuran and Henryk Sokołowski). Minister A. Dera was accompanied by representatives of: the Polish Ministry of National Defence, Polish diplomatic and consular missions in Canada (Head of Political Section at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Ottawa – Mr. Mikołaj Cholewicz and Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Montreal – Mr. Dariusz Wiśniewski), Polish business (President of PGNiG - Piotr Woźniak) and science (Polish Geological Institute - prof. Stanisław Wołkowicz). An occasional exhibition at the “Pier 21” Museum and performances of artistic groups “Pogoria” from Sydney (Nova Scotia) and “Akademia Białego Orła” from Montreal followed the ceremony. Moreover, Minister Andrzej Dera put a wreath at Stanisław Swianiewicz’s grave.

    Minister A. Dera read the letter of the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda addressed to the participants of the ceremony, taking  place in the year of Centenary of Poland’s Regaining Independence. The monument, built with a large piece of natural sandstone from Poland, was erected in a unique place to commemorate all people who arrived from Poland to Canada, often travelling via the Halifax Harbour. In his letter, President A. Duda expressed his appreciation for members of Polish community who maintain vivid contacts to Poland, and stressed the role of vibrant Polish community organizations, active in the area of culture, in preserving the Polish tradition and promoting Polish culture; likewise, these are business initiatives which help to increase our volume of trade and to encourage more investment between the two countries. They represent a vast potential and are a great asset, equally for Poland and for our Canadian friends - wrote President A. Duda in his letter.

    During the ceremony Mr. M. Cholewicz Head of the Political Section at the Polish Embassy in Ottawa read the letter of Mr. Andrzej Papierz, Undersecretary of State at the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, addressed to the participants of the event. Commemorating Polish emigration in this way was the idea of Jan Skora, the Honorary Consul of Poland in Halifax, whom I am thankful for the organizational efforts – wrote Minister A. Papierz in his letter.  He also thanked the Polish diaspora for its sacrifice and material help in building the monument as well as sponsors and benefactors – especially the government of Nova Scotia, the Halifax city adn Canadian authorities.

    During his stay in Montreal on September17, Minister A. Dera accompanied by the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to Canada H.E. Andrzej Kurnicki, met with Polish veterans at the Polish War Veterans’ Society of Marshal J. Pilsudski. Moreover, he put a wreath on the grave of Polish veterans of World War II at the Pointe Claire military cemetery and visited the Wanda Stachiewicz Polish Library.

     

    The letter of the President of the Republic of Poland A. Duda on the occasion of the unveiling of the Polish Emigration Memorial in Halifax can be found here.

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