Lions fundraising or memorial repairs


CANSO – The Seamen’s Memorial in Canso has hosted the Annual Seamen’s Memorial Service for 38 years, focusing on the fishery, its challenges and the losses to area communities. Through the efforts of the Canso Lions Club and the community, the Seamen’s Memorial Day Act was proclaimed, designating the second Sunday in August to be observed as Seamen’s Memorial Day. The Annual Provincial Seamen’s Memorial Service has been hosted at the Canso site with representation from various communities in Nova Scotia and the federal and provincial governments. The original monument was built and has been maintained by the Canso Lions Club and community donations.


The present memorial requires significant repairs to the concrete base and walks to retain the dignity and safety at the site. Work will begin with the removal of the ribs and stone memorial and the memorial base and walkway to replace deteriorating cement. A new base will include the compass medallions and installation of the original memorial and the rib structure.


The estimated cost for this project is about $9,500. The Canso Lions will be seeking donations from the community, area businesses and government to help with this special project.


The project received a special donation of $2,000 worth of concrete from North East TCL Construction Antigonish, one of the contractors at the Sable Wind project, and metal supports from Mulgrave Machine Works Ltd.  Donations can be sent to Lion Ray White, Seamen’s Memorial Chair, 214 Middle Street, Canso, NS B0H 1H0.


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