CBU Renames Health and Counselling Centre

To the CBU Community,

Today was a very exciting day at Cape Breton University.

Today we officially renamed the health and counselling centre at CBU, The Nancy Dingwall Health and Counselling Centre.

With a very small gathering of guests, which included only family and very close friends of Nancy’s, we unveiled new signage and the plans for the future of health and counselling services at Cape Breton University.

The official motion for this name change was put forth in 2021 by Carol Beaton, a current member of the Cape Breton University Board of Governors. The motion was approved unanimously by the full Board, comprised of representatives from a multitude of stakeholders across all four counties of Cape Breton Island and from within CBU’s Schools.

The Nancy Dingwall Health and Counselling Centre will look to embody Dingwall’s vision for a safe space with one door access to holistic healthcare on the CBU campus. The vision includes a trauma-informed and culturally sensitive environment where students and community members from all backgrounds and ways of life can receive the care they need.

Nancy started her career as the physiotherapist for Capers Athletics in 1980 and continued in that role until her retirement in 2013. Along the way, Nancy worked with student-athletes through the CBU Athletic Department and with the community through what was formerly known as the Max Bell Health and Counselling Centre.

Nancy represented CBU on the national stage at CIS; accompanied teams to national championships; and served as the volunteer physiotherapist lead at the Canada Games in 1987.

In the fall of 2021, Nancy was named the honorary chair of the USport Women’s National Soccer Championships held on the CBU campus. When asked about her time at CBU for this position, Nancy said,

“Working at CBU was the time of my life.”

Nancy has impacted thousands of students and members of the CBU community through her care in the physiotherapy clinics. Her success can be attributed to her compassion and empathy and her ability to see the big picture when it comes to the holistic care of her patients. We are thrilled that we get to take those traits into the future under the name, The Nancy Dingwall Health and Counselling Centre.


Robert Sampson Q.C.

Chair, CBU Board of Governors