Community Engagement

New Dawn Community Engagement & Education seeks to create the places and networks within which authentic participation, questioning and dialogue, as the basis for community building, can take place.

Past offerings like IDEAS: Powered by Passion and Films for Change are invaluable to the processes of community conversation, development, and visioning. Likewise, Conversation Cafés in communities across the CBRM have encouraged real listening and understanding of our aspirations and challenges. All of these initiatives have allowed us to see that leaders, agents of community change, and inspired lives are all around us every day.

Over the last few years, New Dawn Community Engagement has been involved in a number of initiatives including supporting the work of Community Cares, the CBRM Transportation Working Group, the Island Food Network, and the creation of an Island Community Data Portal.


Data Portal

Online community data portal aims to highlight what local people are doing to address population decline, climate change, housing, health, poverty, and more.

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Island Food Network

Community engagement process with Food Policy Working Group of the Island Food Network leads to development of a 'shared food vision' for the Island.

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Community Cares Youth Outreach, Sydney Mines

Northside Hub

New form of community infrastructure — the 'community hub' — connects residents, fosters local leadership, and improves access to services

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Transportation Group

Multi-year engagement process involving citizens, stakeholders, CBRM Council and provincial officials leads to improvements in community transit.

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Ideas Powered by Passion

Speaker series featured a representative from a community organization, a singer-songwriter (or small group of musicians), and a keynote. Series ran from 2010–2017.

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