CBU Mourns the loss of Nancy Dingwall

To the University community,

Today, I am writing to inform you of the loss of former Cape Breton University employee and forever friend of CBU, Nancy Dingwall. Nancy’s impact on our University, our community and, indeed, all over the world, has been tremendous and will be felt deeply by all those who had the pleasure of knowing her.

A loving mother, grandmother, wife and friend, Nancy started her career as the physiotherapist for Capers Athletics in 1980 and continued in that role until her retirement in 2013. Since then, Nancy has remained active in the community, serving on the boards of the Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation and Hospice Cape Breton.

Nancy has been a fixture on campus, especially at Capers games, for years, and her absence will not go unnoticed. In 2021, Nancy was recognized as the Honorary Chair of the 2021 U Sports Women’s National Soccer Championship and, earlier this year, was honoured with the naming of the Nancy Dingwall Health and Counselling Centre. There is no one more deserving of these recognitions as her legacy at Cape Breton University is indisputable.

Anyone who has had the pleasure of engaging with Nancy knows the force of her impact. No matter how small the interaction, Nancy had a way of lighting up a person’s spirit and making everyone feel seen and heard. She had the gift of connection, something incredibly noteworthy and powerful in this fast-paced world.

Words cannot express how Nancy will be missed. Her legacy will be carried on through each and every one of us here at CBU. Her contributions to our community were vast and will not be forgotten.

Please join me in celebrating the life of Nancy Dingwall and sending our heartfelt condolences to the Dingwall family, especially her loving husband David, her children Leigh Anne, Jay and Jennifer, and the grandchildren she loved with all of her heart. We ask that the family’s privacy be respected at this time and that work-related communications to President Dingwall be paused.

Nancy’s full obituary can be viewed at this link.



Gordon M. MacInnis

Interim President and Vice-Chancellor

Cape Breton University