To honour Charles and Wayne’s memory and their commitment to community, the Lorway Fund was created by their children and grandchildren to thank them for imparting the values of entrepreneurship, a passion for making positive change in the world, and the importance of life-long learning.
About Charles and Wayne Lorway
Charles and Wayne (McKie) Lorway both grew up in the Maritimes during a time of sweeping and fundamental change. They lived through an era that saw the rise of the automobile, the dawn of aviation, and the development of radio and television, not to mention two world wars and the Great Depression.
Charles and Wayne met at Dalhousie University in the 1930s, where he was taking law and she was studying commerce, an unusual choice for a woman of that day. They began their family in Halifax during World War II, and moved back to Charles’ hometown of Sydney in 1946 to join the family business. Along with raising five children, both were active in operating CR Lorway & Son, an insurance and shipping agency that would eventually become part of MacLeod Lorway Insurance.
Throughout their working lives and well into retirement, Charles and Wayne were both active in numerous community organizations including the Sydney Rotary Club, the Canadian Federation of University Women, the Chamber of Commerce, and New Dawn. They firmly believed in the power of entrepreneurship and engaged citizens to make a positive difference in their community.
Lorway Fund Awards
The Lorway Fund will be invested in initiatives that help create a culture of entrepreneurship, self-reliance, and education in Cape Breton.
Funds will be awarded to individuals to pursue opportunities in entrepreneurship (the creation or advancement of early stage business initiatives), arts and culture development, and/or education or learning activities that advance these causes.
The activities of selected recipients will reflect the Lorway Fund’s overall goal of developing a more vibrant, dynamic, and resilient Cape Breton community and economy.
2015 Lorway Fund Recipients
In its first year, 2015, the Lorway Fund is pleased to have been able to support the work of three local initiatives: the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design, Pastry and Pumps and Boularderie Island Press.
Pastry in Pumps (Emma Donahue): Pastry in Pumps is a bakery business with a focus on cupcakes. The bakery has been operating for more than two years now, predominantly through the Cape Breton Farmer’s Market. The business is looking to expand to a full-time permanent location in Sydney’s Northend. Funds awarded in 2015 will be used to help establish the new takeout bakery and tea room location.
Boularderie Island Press (Douglas Arthur Brown): Boularderie Island Press has been able to use its award from the 2015 Lorway Fund awards to attend the Word on the Street Book Festival in Halifax. Word on the Street (WOTS) takes place in several cities each year in Canada. The Halifax WOTS attracts, on average, 25,000 visitors. WOTS is Canada’s most important festival for linking publishers, bookstores, authors, distributors and the public with the writing and publishing sector in Canada. This was the first time Boularderie Island Press was able to attend WOTS as an exhibitor. As an emerging Cape Breton publisher with a national profile, exhibiting at WOTS allowed the company to set-up key meetings before/during/after the festival with library and school acquisition personnel, buyers for independent bookstores, and distributors for its products.
The Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design (Lori Burke): In partnership with Youth Arts Connection (YAC) and inspired by the success of the Paducah, Kentucky Artist Relocation Program, the Centre for Craft and Design will use funds to conduct a research project on emerging artists in residence and artist relocation opportunities.
2016/17 Lorway Fund Recipients
In its second year, the Lorway Fund is pleased to have been able to support the work of two local initiatives: TALO Cafebar and the Pan Cape Breton Food Hub.
TALO Cafébar is a restaurant/bar that has created 15 jobs in Glace Bay and added an attractive new dining option for Cape Breton residents and visitors alike. A key component of TALO Cafébar’s vision is to contribute to the economic/social revitalization of Glace Bay specifically and Cape Breton generally.
The Pan Cape Breton Food Hub provides the infrastructure to link producers and consumers in Cape Breton. They are a multi-stakeholder non-profit co-op that creates easy access to locally produced foods for our consumers and restaurant/retail partners, while providing producers with easier access to new markets.
Making a Donation
Contributions to the Charles and Wayne Lorway Fund can be made over different periods of time and in any amount.
Cheques/post-dated cheques: Donations via cheque or post-dated cheque can be sent to New Dawn Enterprises (address below). Cheques can be made payable to the New Dawn Community Development Educational Foundation.
The Lorway Fund
C/o New Dawn Enterprises
PO Box 1055
A representative of New Dawn will be in touch, upon receipt of your donation, to make arrangements for the preparation and mail-out of a charitable tax receipt. Please include, along with your donation, a phone number or e-mail address at which you can be reached.
Canada Helps: New Dawn can receive online/electronic contributions to the Lorway Fund via CanadaHelps.org. Canada Helps is a third party registered charity that aims to make giving simple. Canada Helps makes donating online secure and easy. You can donate online using Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Paypal and/or Interac Online.
To make a donation please visit CanadaHelps.org.