Best of 2023

2023 brought continued growth, innovation and exciting milestones at Cape Breton University. This year has seen so many wonderful moments and accomplishments and we wanted to share them with you in the best of 2023 round up. From all of us here at CBU, have a safe and happy holiday season; we can’t wait to see you for our 50th anniversary year in 2024!

Our Students Excelled

What we are most proud of at CBU is the quality of our students. Here are just a few of their incredible highlights from 2023: 

Keyser Titus Brought Ubuntu to Cape Breton 

Gurpreet Singh Reen’s Generosity Inspired Others

Eloise Allen-Barron Made Lifelong Friends While Earning Her Degree

John K MacEwan Proved it’s Never Too Late to Return to School

Abe Chidiac Pursued His Medical School Dreams

Maria Jose Paravicini Explored the Island

Ally Rowe Broke Mulitple Records

Jason Hartill Made his Rookie Debut 

Jaclyn MacDonald Proved that Perseverance Really Does Triumph

Tyson Cato and Mitchell Mersereau Led the Charge on the Court

We Hosted Events

We know 2024 will bring more events than ever for the CBU community, but we certainly had a lot to celebrate in 2023. Here were a few of our favourites: 

Research Month 2023

The Health Innovation Student Pitch Event

USPORTS Women’s Basketball Nationals

Spring Convocation

Drs NS Youth Run

Ciera Disipio Jersey Retirement

Fall Convocation

USPORTS Men’s Soccer Nationals

Night at the Nest

Our Faculty and Researchers Continued to Thrive

Their passion and innovation has made 2023 a great year for growth at CBU. This is only a sample of this year’s great achievements: 

Dr. Colin McLaren Received SSHRC Funding in Athletics/Mental Health

Dr. Leslie Wardley Explored VanLife

Dr. Alana Pindar’s Work Published in Scientific Reports

Dr. Simon Barrick Pushed for Inclusivity in Sport

Research and Teaching Awards

University Teaching Chairs

Dr. Richard MacKinnon Was Awarded the Marius Barbeau Medal

Dr. Ellyn Lyle Joined as Dean of School of Education and Health

Federal Research Funding

Dr. Stephanie MacQuarrie Became Atlantic Chair

Dr. Virginia Gunn Examined Workplace Wellness

Our Staff and Alumni Inspired Our Community

Our students are surrounded by inspiring leaders and mentors throughout their CBU journey. Here are some highlights from 2023: 

Gordie Farmer Received the Jubilee Medal 

Lefin Chacko Started a New Life in Cape Breton

Carleton Stone Hit the Right Notes

Dena Edwards Wadden Inspired Through Teal to Heal

Numerous Alumni Bring Qing Dynasty to Life

Jamey Jewells Joined Capers Coaching Staff

We Stood Together

During the good times and the bad, the CBU community stood together. 

A Sydney Couple Became “Canadian Parents”

CBU Mourns the Loss of Bruce Guthro

CBU Supports 2SLGBTQ+ Community Amidst Anti-Trans Movements

We Continued to Grow

Here are a few of our favourite moments and announcements from 2023; we can’t wait to see what happens next. 

The Cape Breton Medical Campus was Announced

Ellen Furey became the 2023 Artist in Residence

The Bachelor of Social Work Program was Announced

The Forever CBU Campaign was Launched

The Dr. Carl Bucky Buchanan Capers Hall of Fame was Opened

$84 Million in Joint Funding was Announced for the CDI 

Local Doctors Appointed to Lead the Medical Campus

Construction Began on the Canada Games Centre

A New Residence Building was Announced

We Continued to Manage Growth 

Microcredentials Were Launched

An Accelerated Pilot was Launched for Edcuation Students

Denise Allen Became Chair of the Board of Governors