The James Bryson McLachlan Commemorative Society has announced that Kaitlyn Reid, a first year Bachelor of Arts student at Cape Breton University, has been awarded the J. B McLachlan Scholarship valued at $10,000.
The scholarship, honouring legendary Cape Breton labour leader Jim McLachlan (1869-1937), is made available through the generosity of his grandson, James Bryson McLachlan, and graduates of all Cape Breton high schools are eligible to apply.
“I was shocked when I found out that I had received the award”, says Reid. “When it finally sank in that I had received a scholarship for $10,000 I was overwhelmed with joy.” The scholarship is awarded at $5000 per year; renewable for two years.
The New Waterford native says of her time at CBU, “I love it. It is most definitely a change from high school but it is also very exciting. I’ve met a lot of new people and discovered interests that I didn’t even know I had. It is a really great experience.”
Jim McLachlan arrived in Cape Breton from Scotland in 1902 to work in the expanding coal industry. In 1909, he was elected Secretary-Treasurer of District 26, United Mineworkers of America and was blacklisted. An exceptional organizer and a dedicated radical, he continued his role as a powerful and critical voice in Cape Breton and Canada until he died in 1937.