When I think back — and it hasn’t been that long — to the day New Dawn purchased the Holy Angels Convent, who could have imagined then the impressive transformation we would witness over the next seven years?
In a community that has seen more than its share of pain and challenges, it was time for a reality shift. I’ve heard people say this building will be a catalyst for change, but we all know the true catalyst is our people. Brick and mortar are important, but they can only do so much. It is the people that inspire others, that inspire awe, that pave the way for the future.
The amazing thing is, we just don’t stop. We aspire to do great things and we aspire to do great things well. Here is just a small list:
Our incredible New Dawn Homecare and New Dawn Guest Home have received the highest possible rating from Accreditation Canada.
Our dedicated New Dawn Properties division has worked tirelessly to provide safe, clean, comfortable places to live — our goal is to provide a home.
Our fabulous New Dawn Meals on Wheels staff and volunteers continue to provide nutritious meals throughout Cape Breton during the most challenging of times.
Our wonderful A Better Bite Cafe in The Convent, as well as our new commercial tenant, Island Folk Cider House in the former St. George’s Hall, will play a major role in the revitalization of the Northend of Sydney.
Finally, I was one of over 2,700 grateful visitors who attended the second annual “Hello Cape Breton” festival at the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion hosted by our Centre for Immigration. This was a memorable experience. What a joy to be immersed in a celebration of culture, food, dance, dress, history, and voices from around the world.
I want to thank all of New Dawn’s staff and many volunteers. Your contributions and energy make New Dawn what it is today. I would also like to thank New Dawn’s volunteer Board of Directors. Words cannot express my gratitude for the time, commitment, and passion of a very special team.