Over the last four decades, a central part of New Dawn's work has been undertaken in partnership with other community organizations likewise moving towards community vibrancy and self-reliance. Our ability to work together, honestly and productively, is woven into the type of future we all aspire to create here. 

The Lorway Fund

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. The Lorway Fund will be invested in initiatives that help create a culture of entrepreneurship, self-reliance, and education in Cape Breton.


SHIMI: Supported Housing for Individuals with Mental Illness

SHIMI is an innovative solution to a pressing community need for individuals who are living with mental illness and in need of supportive housing options. The project provides high quality, secure and independent housing together with a range of responsive supports to adults living, and recovering from, a mental illness.


Caper Base @ Access 808

Cape Base @ Access 808 (808 George Street, Sydney) works to ensure at-risk youth in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality have an opportunity to access a continuum of services and supports, including prevention programs, counselling, health and wellness resources, and education and employment support.

Cape Base at Access 808 is committed to working with youth, families and other community partners to support the development of more effective solutions to break the cycle of youth homelessness. To learn more about the programs offered, click the link below or contact (902) 539-7233.  

The services, programming and staffing of Caper Base at Access 808 are coordinated by the Nova Scotia Health Authority. New Dawn is honoured to have the opportunity to serve as landlord on this project. 


Cold Climate Greenhouse

New Dawn Enterprises, in collaboration with Eskasoni First Nation community, has designed and constructed an innovative 1800 square foot Cold Climate Greenhouse (CCG) facility in Sydney River, Cape Breton. Part of the innovation of the design is derived from a newly developed infrared heating system that will mean: (1) significant energy cost savings and efficiencies; (2) a longer local growing season so as to enhance local food production; and (3) improved produce affordability, quality and nutrition.

Click below to read more about the Cold Climate Greenhouse in Greenhouse Canada. For question about the project, please contact Father Ora McManus at [email protected] or 902-539-9560 ext. 223.


Pathways Cape Breton

What began in 2012 as a partnership with Sydney Credit Union Charitable Foundation, the Nova Scotia Health Authority, and New Dawn Enterprises; Pathways Cape Breton (formerly Share, Support and Recovery) endeavors to provide an integrated and coordinated range of services and supports to address the recovery of individuals with mental illness and social challenges.

The purpose of the partnership is to create opportunities for independence, education, housing, employment and social engagement in Cape Breton through the incorporation of two major programs in the community; SHIMI (Supported Housing for Individuals with Mental Illness) and Pathways to Employment under Pathways Cape Breton. 

 Pathways Cape Breton is now supported by New Dawn Enterprises, the Nova Scotia Health Authority, the Department of Community Services and the Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation.

Lifeline Syria Cape Breton 

New Dawn is honoured to support the work of Lifeline Syria Cape Breton.

Lifeline Syria Cape Breton represents the desire of many individuals and organizations across Cape Breton to organize a strong and coordinated response to the Syrian refugee crisis. We believe that we have both a responsibility and the capacity to respond to this crisis and aspire to settle 100 Syrian families in the coming months.