NEW GLASGOW – Work has started on a monument dedicated to a 19-year-old Pictou County woman who went missing almost a year ago.
New Glasgow’s town works crews were pouring concrete for the base of the Amber Kirwan monument Wednesday on a grass-covered hill on the Samson Trail.
“The crews are overseeing the pouring of the slab foundation for the structure and will be stamping the concrete with decorative finish (Wednesday night),” said town engineer Earl MacKenzie. “We will also be doing some site cleanup so that it is ready for horticultural planting next week.”
Darren Martin, owner of Creative Metals, will be building and donating the monument while other partners include Kris Stewart who will do the stonework for the base of the monument and the masonry work will be by MacIvor and Stewart Masonry. Granite portions are being provided by Robert Simpson from Arsenault Monuments and two benches will be provided by the Leil Family and Investors Group. All the landscaping needs, including flowers and greenery, will be donated by Proudfoots Home Hardware.
A private citizens committee is overseeing the construction and design. The exact size of the monument couldn’t be confirmed by the committee at press time, but the concrete base is 17 x 18 feet.
Committee member Mariea Leil-Bowser said she would be issuing a press release in October with more details, but as of now, the project is running on schedule.
During the unveiling of the designs for the monument in July, Leil-Bowser said the Samson Trail was chosen because the committee felt it was a quiet place to reflect on a young girl’s life and pay tribute to a community that came together in a time of darkness.
Kirwan left Dooly's Pool Hall in New Glasgow on Oct. 9, 2011, and disappeared a short time later. An extensive search that included the New Glasgow Police Service, the RCMP, Pictou County Search and Rescue and rescue teams from fire departments throughout the county as well as local residents took place in Pictou County.
On Nov. 6, RCMP and New Glasgow Police Service officials confirmed that Kirwan's remains were found in Heathbell, Pictou County, and immediately launched a homicide investigation. On May 17 an arrest and charges were made in connection with the case.