In May of 2013, New Dawn Enterprises (Sydney, NS) purchased the former Holy Angels Convent and High School. The High School now serves as the New Dawn Centre for Social Innovation and the Convent is in the early stages of transition to a Centre for Arts and Culture.

For more than 130 years, the Convent and all-girls High School were administered by the Sisters of Notre Dame. In addition to offering core curriculum, the Sisters were particularly concerned with arts and culture education and in instilling a strong sense of purpose and self-esteem in students.

In part honouring this history and in part honouring the women of Cape Breton, who are often under-memorialized, particularly for their work and roles in the home and in building and maintaining local community, New Dawn is seeking to create a physical gallery of the story and images of Cape Breton women (as brought forward by their families and friends).

New Dawn is also seeking to begin to gather together, in person and online, the vast and diverse alumni of Holy Angels – to share with them the work that is being done, to strengthen and reignite their unique community and connections, and to assess the potential of this community for future fundraising endeavors around Holy Angels and its new users.


To research and design a physical women’s story gallery in the repurposed Holy Angels High School (now New Dawn Centre for Social Innovation) – unveiling may coincide with aforementioned major gathering

To identify and document Holy Angels alumni (names and contact information/current address and e-mail address)

To create an in-person (Cape Breton/Nova Scotia) and online (Facebook and website) community of Holy Angels Alumni

To work with the Beaton Institute to populate a website with various archived materials relevant to Holy Angels High School and Covent

To form and lead a local alumni networking/planning committee

With the committee and independently, to research and present alumni fundraising opportunities of various scales to New Dawn’s Director of Communications, Director of Operations and New Dawn Centre for Social Innovation Facilities Manager

With the committee and independently, to plan at least one major gathering of local (Cape Breton/Nova Scotia) alumni

With the committee and independently, devise and implement strategies for growing the in-person and online community

To devise a report and recommendations on future actions needed to (a) maintain and expand gallery; (b) maintain and expand Holy Angels alumni community; and (c) to launch and expand alumni fundraising efforts

Application Details


Position reports to New Dawn’s Director of Communications


This is a four month position that pays $15 per hour for 37.5 hours per week.

About New Dawn: New Dawn Enterprises Limited is the oldest Community Development Corporation in Canada. New Dawn is a private, volunteer-directed social enterprise dedicated to community building. It seeks to identify community needs and to establish and operate ventures that speak to those needs. Its mission is to engage the community to create and support a culture of self-reliance. Its vision is a self-reliant people living in a vibrant community. New Dawn articulates this mission through a number of businesses, organizations, and partnerships.

Among its businesses and activities are New Dawn Health Care, New Dawn College, New Dawn Real Estate, New Dawn Community Engagement and Education, New Dawn Meals on Wheels and the New Dawn Centre for Social Innovation. For more information on New Dawn and its initiatives, please visit www.newdawn.ca.

Position Duration: May 2, 2016 – August 26, 2016

Application Deadline: Monday, March 21, 2016

To apply, send resume and cover letter to jennifer_currie@cbu.ca