Dawn hails from Mabou, Cape Breton and has been playing fiddle, and step dancing for over 25 years. Music has been at the forefront of her life, surrounded by it through an infusion from her parents, her relatives, and living in the vibrant community of Mabou. Along with her fiddling sister, Margie, they decided in 2008 to release their debut album, Taste of Gaelic. It led to opportunities right from the CD release to attend one of the largest Celtic festivals in the world, the Lorient Interceltique Festival in Lorient, France. From there, the girls have traveled and taught in Scotland, England, Brazil, China, Ireland and the United States, not to mention a Nova Scotia Music week nomination and an ECMA win for Roots/Traditional Duo or Group Recording of the Year - 2010! Dawn attended Mabou Consolidated School from Primary to Grade 12, proudly the last class to graduate from that institution. She received the Lt. Governor and Governor General’s medal, was Class Valedictorian and top of her graduating class. After receiving the J.P. McCarthy four-year renewable scholarship to St. F.X. University, she graduated with First Class Honours in Business Administration in 2004.
Besides being a musician, she has worked for KPMG in Halifax, as manager for Strathspey Place, and is the Artistic Director for Celtic Colours International Festival. She sits on the Executive Committee of the East Coast Music Awards Board and has worked on the NextGen Cape Breton board for the last three years. Passionate about returning and living on the island, she feels a responsibility to make this place as vibrant and energized for not only the youth of Cape Breton, but all of its citizens and visitors alike.
Adam Young - Treasurer
Allison MacDonald - Secretary
Allison MacDonald grew up in Ben Eoin. After spending several years living and working away in Calgary and Halifax, she moved back to Cape Breton in 2014 with her family. Allison is currently on maternity leave from her role as marketing manager at Protocase, a local tech company that makes custom sheet metal products for engineers and designers all over the world. She is proud to be a part of the NextGen Cape Breton board, and help make Cape Breton as attractive as possible for others to move here and put down roots, just like she did.
Liam Gillis - Board Member
Liam was born and raised in Sydney, where he graduated from Sydney Academy with the International Baccalaureate Diploma (I.B.) and was valedictorian of his graduating class. He then attended St. Francis Xavier University for his Bachelor of Arts degree with an Honours in Economics on a St Francis Xavier Renewable Merit Scholarship and the Danny Gallivan Scholarship for Academic and Athletic Ability. He graduated from St. Francis Xavier University in 2011 with First Class Honours and the Dr. D.J. MacDonald and Dr. A.B. MacDonald Memorial Prize for Economics. He subsequently attended the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University on a renewable Law Foundation of Nova Scotia Scholarship and graduated with his Juris Doctor in Laws in 2014. After articling with a large regional law firm in Halifax, he returned home to Cape Breton in 2015 when he was called to the bar. He is currently employed as an Associate Lawyer with the law firm Sampson McPhee.
Liam is a passionate believer in Cape Breton and its potential. He hopes to use his time as a board member of NextGen Cape Breton to affect positive change within the community and to help ensure a vibrant future for the Island.”
Erin Gallagher - Board Member
Erin Gallagher has worked as the campaign manager with United Way Cape Breton for the past three years. Previous to this position, Erin worked as the district coordinator for the Canadian Cancer Society, Nova Scotia Division. She has seven years combined fundraising and community development experience between two national charities, Canadian Cancer Society and the Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories, and one locally engaged charity, United Way Cape Breton.
Erin holds a Public Relations diploma from Algonquin College and a Bachelor of Arts degree with an English major from Cape Breton University. She is from Glace Bay, NS, where she currently resides and is the current education board chair of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Cape Breton Chapter. She has been in this volunteer role for over a year and recently joined the board of directors for the Savoy Theatre.
Erin joined the NextGen Cape Breton board because she worked on the NextGen project in 2011 and really enjoyed getting to know people between the ages of 16 and 40 who were doing interesting things in Cape Breton and experiencing success in their chosen career path. While we speak a lot about youth out migration, Erin also believes there are a lot of young individuals living in Cape Breton experiencing real success who deserve to be highlighted. Erin sat on the committee that helped choose the Cape Breton Partnership's Vital Award winners for the past two years.
Tyler Sack - Board Member
Tyler Sack is the Group Product Manager at Orenda Software Solutions, a regional winner in the Innovacorp I-3 Technology Start-Up Competition, and member of the IBM Innovation Space incubator located in Toronto.
Originally from Membertou, Tyler grew up in Sipekne’katik and returned to Cape Breton after achieving his academic goals. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Anthropology from Saint Mary’s University and a Master of Arts in Sociology from the University of Guelph. Previously, Tyler worked for Membertou as the Communications Liaison. Prior to that he had worked in a number of student roles such as Aboriginal Student Advisor, Graduate Student Teaching Assistant, as well as completing three consecutive internships with the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.