(SYDNEY, NS) – On Thursday, November 24th, Centre 200 in downtown Sydney will play host to the Island’s most ambitious and community-mind individuals when the third annual NextGen Vital Awards takes place.

The NextGen Leadership Society, in collaboration with the Cape Breton Partnership presents the third Annual Vital Awards to celebrate individuals between the ages of 16 – 40 who have made a significant impact in their community or workplace, as well as local employers who show a continued effort to give young people meaningful and professional work experience.

“Youth in our communities are playing an important role to help drive the economy forward and working to place Cape Breton and Mulgrave on the world’s stage in some cases,” commented Keith MacDonald, President and CEO, Cape Breton Partnership. “The people recognized through these awards will be among the Island’s future leaders.”

The Vital Awards will recognize excellence in the categories of Employer, Employee and Individual. To view a full list of the winners, please visit

“When the call for nomination went out for this year’s Vital Awards, the response was fantastic,” commented Dawn Beaton, Co-Chair, NextGen Cape Breton Leadership Society. “We truly have some talented and motivated people on this Island and we are very excited to showcase them at the awards show.”

The mandate of NextGen Cape Breton is to engage young professionals across Cape Breton and the Mulgrave area in dialogue and inspire them to become more active in all aspects of the future of their communities.

“I have always believed that I had something to offer the world, but I never found myself in a place that recognized that, or gave me the opportunity I needed,” said Rory Andrew, Vital Award winner, Highland Arts Theatre Performer and writer. “After living in places like Georgia and Beijing, the best decision I ever made was to move back home to Cape Breton and receiving this award is added confirmation of that.”

The NextGen Leadership Society and the Cape Breton Partnership invite you to join them in celebrating at Centre 200 for the Vital Awards from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, November 24, 2016. Tickets can be purchased for $30.00 online or by phone at 902-562-0122.

For more information about the Vital Cape Breton Excellence Awards visit the NextGen Cape Breton website.



 Media Contacts:

Dawn Beaton

Co-Chair, NextGen Cape Breton Leadership Society



Keith MacDonald

President & CEO, Cape Breton Partnership

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