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Marconi Metal Fabrication students and faculty help rebuild a lost landmark

At the heart of Whitney Pier, Nova Scotia’s Polish community, a broken bell, bits of stained glass and a few pages of hymns were all that remained of St. Mary’s Polish Church when it was destroyed in a fire in October 2014.  When it was time to rebuild, Nova Scotia Community College’s Marconi Campus Metal Fabrication students and faculty rose to the challenge to design and construct what has become a shining beacon in Whitney Pier: the steeple cross.

Graham Tourneur, a former blacksmith and 2016 Metal Fabrication graduate, was contacted first by the parish and Roclan Construction with the idea.

“I thought it would be a great community outreach project for students of the Metal Fabrication program at Marconi Campus,” he says. “As a second-year student in the program, I knew our class was more than capable of producing a quality piece.”

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