(Sydney, NS) – The NextGen Leadership Society, in collaboration with the Cape Breton Partnership, is honored to be hosting the third edition of the Vital Cape Breton Excellence Awards on November 24, 2016 at Centre 200 in Sydney. The Vital Awards 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 professional work experience. The Vital Awards will recognize their achievements and their commitment toward making Cape Breton-Mulgrave a better place to live, work and play.

“We are lucky to have such a vast number of young people living in our community who are, wholeheartedly dedicated to enriching the lives of everyone living on this beautiful island so many of us call home,” says Dawn Beaton, Chair of the NextGen Leadership Society Board of Directors. “The Vital Awards serve as an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the integral roles these young leaders play in the continued development of our community. The NextGen Board encourages the public to show their support by nominating those individuals who are passionate about making a vital difference in Cape Breton-Mulgrave and are inspiring others to join the movement.”

Doors will open at 6 p.m. at the Centre 200 main concourse and the award ceremony will get underway at 7 p.m. and wrap at 9 p.m. The Vital Awards will feature live and local entertainment, hors d’oeuvres, as well as an opportunity to meet Cape Breton’s next generation of up and coming leaders and change makers. Early bird tickets are on sale for $25.00 and can be purchased online or reserved by phone at 902-562-0122. After November 15, 2016 tickets can be purchased for $30.00.

Nominations for the Vital Awards are now open. The deadline for submission is November 9, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. Nominations can be submitted online or the submission form can be downloaded from the NextGen Cape Breton website. The forms can also be dropped off in person or mailed to 275 Charlotte Street, Sydney NS, B1P 1C6.

For more information on how to nominate, purchase tickets or other event information please visit

Media Contact:

Dawn Beaton

Chair, NextGen Leadership Society