Queenston’s Willowbank at Parliament Hill
On September 28th, 2017 it was announced that a new cornerstone, now placed on Parliament Hill, was engraved by local Queenston Willowbank faculty and alumni. The cornerstone block was cut from limestone taken from the Queenston Quarry near Willowbank’s campus.
The cornerstone now sits at the western entrance of the—soon to be—new Visitor Welcome Centre on Parliament Hill, the first building to be built on Parliament Hill in over 100 years. As one of Canada’s most important heritage sites, Willowbank understands Parliament Hill plays a pivotal role in creating a sustainable future. It is through the creation of this cornerstone and new building that the importance of heritage is being recognized. In extension, it highlights the importance of respect and inclusivity that is—according to Governor General David Johnston—the oxygen of great democracy.
Hand carved by Willowbank faculty associate, Danny Barber and alumni, Justine Southam the inscription reads:
“This stone was laid by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston Governor General of Canada”
Parliament’s new building is predicted to be completed by fall 2018. This new space hopes to acknowledge the importance of public education about our national institutions. It is with this cornerstone that Parliament brings recognition to the construction of the new Visitor Welcome Centre.
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Photos: Michael Lewis, PSPC
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