The Lorway Fund

To honour Charles and Wayne’s memory and their commitment to community, the Lorway Fund was created by their children and grandchildren to thank them for imparting the values of entrepreneurship, a passion for making positive change in the world, and the importance of life-long learning.

About Charles and Wayne Lorway

Charles and Wayne (McKie) Lorway both grew up in the Maritimes during a time of sweeping and fundamental change. They lived through an era that saw the rise of the automobile, the dawn of aviation, and the development of radio and television, not to mention two world wars and the Great Depression.

Charles and Wayne met at Dalhousie University in the 1930s, where he was taking law and she was studying commerce, an unusual choice for a woman of that day. They began their family in Halifax during World War II, and moved back to Charles’ hometown of Sydney in 1946 to join the family business. Along with raising five children, both were active in operating CR Lorway & Son, an insurance and shipping agency that would eventually become part of MacLeod Lorway Insurance.

Throughout their working lives and well into retirement, Charles and Wayne were both active in numerous community organizations including the Sydney Rotary Club, the Canadian Federation of University Women, the Chamber of Commerce, and New Dawn. They firmly believed in the power of entrepreneurship and engaged citizens to make a positive difference in their community.

Lorway Fund Awards

The Lorway Fund will be invested in initiatives that help create a culture of entrepreneurship, self-reliance, and education in Cape Breton.

Funds will be awarded to individuals to pursue opportunities in entrepreneurship (the creation or advancement of early stage business initiatives), arts and culture development, and/or education or learning activities that advance these causes.

The activities of selected recipients will reflect the Lorway Fund’s overall goal of developing a more vibrant, dynamic, and resilient Cape Breton community and economy.

The Lorway Fund will award one to two grants each year, depending on the nature of the applications received.

To download the application, click here: The Lorway Fund Application May 2015  (PDF). The application can be completed on your computer, saved and e-mailed to or it can be printed, completed and mailed to:

The Lorway Fund
c/o Erika Shea
New Dawn Enterprises
37 Nepean Street
Sydney, NS
B1P 6A7

Making a Donation 

Contributions to the Charles and Wayne Lorway Fund can be made over different periods of time and in any amount.

Cheques/post-dated cheques: Donations via cheque or post-dated cheque can be sent to New Dawn Enterprises at:

The Lorway Fund
C/o New Dawn Enterprises
PO Box 1055
Sydney, NS
B1P 5J9

A representative of New Dawn will be in touch, upon receipt of your donation, to make arrangements for the preparation and mail-out of a charitable tax receipt. Please include, along with your donation, a phone number or e-mail address at which you can be reached.

Canada Helps: New Dawn can receive online/electronic contributions to the Lorway Fund via Canada Helps is a third party registered charity that aims to make giving simple. Canada Helps makes donating online secure and easy. You can donate online using Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Paypal and/or Interac Online.

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A charitable tax receipt will be issued for your donation.