CBC CAPE BRETON’S INFORMATION MORNING has created an award to help support the education and development of future leaders of Cape Breton Island.
The CBC Cape Breton Leadership Award will be awarded to a graduating student from a Cape Breton high school, who will be attending Cape Breton University, who has demonstrated an exceptional capacity for leadership among his or her peers and in the community.
In 2009, CBC Cape Breton Information Morning host Steve Sutherland did a series of interviews with prominent Cape Breton leaders on the topic of leadership. He then worked with Cape Breton University Press to create a book based on those interviews. The result was Getting It Done: Conversations with Cape Breton Leaders.
Royalties from the book totalled $3,000. This enables an entrance award at a value of $1,000 to be awarded over the next three academic years to a student entering Cape Breton University.
“The goal was to help encourage the next generation of Cape Breton leaders,” says Sutherland. “We thought what a better way than to share the proceeds from the book to help future leaders on the Island.”
Applicants for the CBC Cape Breton Leadership Award will be required to write an essay, of no more than 500 words, on what leadership means to them and to give examples of how they have demonstrated this leadership. There is also no minimum scholastic average required.
The first Leadership Award winner will be interviewed next spring on Information Morning.
Applications for the first CBC Cape Breton Leadership Award will be available in early 2014.