The New Dawn Story

Publisher:  c/o New Dawn Enterprises, P.O. Box 1055, Sydney, Nova Scotia
Year Published:  1981  
Pages:  34pp  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX2330

In the area of industrial Cape Breton Island, there exists a form of Community Development Corporation (CDC) known as New Dawn Enterprises Limited.

Abstract:  In the area of industrial Cape Breton Island, there exists a form of Community Development Corporation (CDC) known as New Dawn Enterprises Limited. Incorporated in June, 1976, New Dawn attempts to "mobilize both government and voluntary resources in such a way as to contribute to a solution of problems which are both economic and social." New Dawn has a core staff that plays a business-management role, while policy matters are dealt with by a central board and committee network.

New Dawn participates in three broad areas, each of these areas seen as component parts of comprehensive community development. The business division coordinates the construction and property departments. This division has already built some low-cost housing and renovated some older buildings. Its mandate also includes the initiation of any business enterprise that would be self-supporting.

The social division has responded to a number of special community needs by relying on the economic base of New Dawn and drawing upon its developed business expertise. Key projects of this division have been a Senior Citizen's Guest Home, a group home for former mental patients, dental services, an information-referral service and a Senior Citizen's Resource Centre.

The cultural (third) division has provided for the Cape Breton School of Crafts and initiated a Cultural Promotion Committee.

New Dawn has struggled to fulfill the goals of a CDC, defined as, "a non-profit multi-purpose organization incorporated, managed and controlled by local people to solve local socio-economic problems independent of all levels of government." New Dawn has succeeded in bringing into the community new money, employment and needed community services.

The New Dawn Story has been published by New Dawn outlining in more detail its achievements and the development of the corporation.

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