Producing the sound of success


An unwavering passion for music is the driving force behind Corey LeRue. The two-time NSCC graduate has gained national and international acclaim as the producer, songwriter and DJ of one of Canada’s hottest new groups, Neon Dreams, having completed an extensive tour and the release of major radio hits Marching Bands and Find a Way. Among their many recent successes, the group reached a major milestone when selected to train in the Alan Slaight JUNO Master Class in partnership with the JUNO Awards in 2016. As a result, they performed during the 2017 Juno Awards Gala in Ottawa. “It was an incredible weekend...

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Grads share Mi’kmaw culture


As Austin Christmas stood high above St. Ann’s Bay overlooking the land and water below, it was a Mi’kmaw legend that came to mind. “This mountain is sacred to the Mi’kmaq,” says Austin. “It is said that our legends come directly from here. We feel that our people are here with us also.” Overcome by the power of the view and its significance, a fact-finding trip to learn about the campground industry quickly turned into a site visit to the property that Austin would soon own and operate with his wife Rosemarie and their four business partners. “When we stepped foot on this...

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A real community build


Seeking out opportunities to help the local community, while developing a sense of civic-mindedness in his students, is of the utmost importance to Jim Swayne, carpentry instructor at NSCC Marconi Campus. Over the last four years, Jim and his students have contributed to carpentry projects that have made a major impact in a number of areas: nurturing Cape Breton’s ailing brown bat population; granting wishes to children with terminal illnesses; assisting with the reforestation of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park; and supporting the Atlantic Burn Camp. “These projects give students a sense of pride in knowing that they’re giving back to their...

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In a pickle


When David Wall, Manager of the Pork Shop (New Glasgow and Denmark), found out his long time preserves supplier would no-longer be able to provide him with product, he knew exactly who to ask for help: Chef Gilles Godin and his Cooking class at NSCC Pictou Campus.  “It was a disappointing time,” says David. “They were popular products and sold well.” He adds, “When Gilles said he and his students could help, I was very pleased and excited to be able to offer local, inspected preserves to my customers again.  Chef Godin says he jumped at the opportunity to work with Wall—a friend and...

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