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ISBN: 9781774711941

The Search for a New Way

The Story of New Dawn Enterprises

  Author:   Rankin MacSween    
  Publisher:  Nimbus Publishing Limited & Cape Breton University Press

The definitive history of Canada’s oldest community-development corporation, written by its former President and CEO.

In the 1970s, Cape Breton was a place of limited prospects. The community had no means to help itself; there was scant support for people with disabilities or the elderly, limited access to affordable housing or skills training, and few grassroots economic opportunities.

Father Greg MacLeod, a Catholic priest and a professor of philosophy, wanted to change that. Inspired by the principles of economic education, independence, and action that grew out of the Antigonish Movement, and with the help of numerous others, he founded New Dawn Enterprises, a non-profit, private, volunteer-directed enterprise dedicated to community-building in Cape Breton.

In The Search for a New Way: The Story of New Dawn Enterprises, author and former New Dawn President and CEO Rankin MacSween examines New Dawn’s decades-long search for a better, more humane, more truthful way to build local communities and regional economies through people-centred community development. With his unique insight, MacSween provides the most thorough history ever written of Canada’s oldest community-development corporation. Includes fifteen black-and-white images.

Details and Specs
ISBN associated with this title: 9781774711941
Item NB1697
PublisherNimbus Publishing Limited & Cape Breton University Press
PublisherNimbus Publishing Limited & Cape Breton University Press
Published on May 16 2023
Language eng
Pages 256
Format Paperback
Dimensions9(in) x 6(in)
Shipping weight0(g)
Status NOT YET PUBLISHED
Rankin MacSween has devoted much of his life to understanding the rebuilding of communities in decline. In the process he has grown New Dawn Enterprises from a small volunteer-run organization into a well-known, independent community development corporation that employs 150 people in the fields of homecare, residential care, immigration, arts, food security, investments and housing. He and his wife, Marie, live on land in Ironville, Cape Breton, that has been in his family for five generations.