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Oct 2014

Message from our CEO, Rodney MacDonald

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A’ chàirdean choir  |  Dear friends,

2014 has been a very busy and fulfilling year for the Gaelic College; a year which saw us welcome more students at our school, introduce a new island-wide festival, and saw more visitors coming through our doors.

Our new festival, KitchenFest! | Féis a’ Chidsin! brought together hundreds of visitors and locals alike, included well over one hundred local musicians, and promoted our authentic Cape Breton style music and Gaelic language. We already look forward to next years’ festivities, taking place from June 27-July 4, 2015, which will be even bigger and better!

Excellence in education continues to be our goal as an institution. This is the case whether it involves our usual summer programming, welcoming students nationally and internationally, or our other programming opportunities at a local level. Initiatives such as Na Gaisgich Òga/The Young Heroes are important as we continue to work with our partners to ensure more Gaelic speakers with a deeply rooted knowledge of their language and culture. Both Nova Scotia Gaelic Affairs and Comhairle na Gàidhlig – The Gaelic Council of Nova Scotia are important supporters in this regard.

Other partnerships continue to play a critical role in Colaisde na Gàidhlig’s ‘day to day’ activities. Our MOU with Cape Breton University moves us forward by offering onsite, credited courses including one for Gaelic language in the spring of 2015. Celtic Colours International Festival bring thousands through our doors and our daily offerings of cultural demonstrations and ceilidhs make our site an even busier place to be. As a result, the College is growing more quickly than ever before. We have greater interest, greater participation, and a renewed focus on improving our capital infrastructure. Improving our campus is integral as we plan for the years ahead. We are thinking, planning, and acting for the long term benefit of our people.

As we move forward towards 2015, I wish to acknowledge the work of our staff, Board of Governors, volunteers, and alumni in their continued support of Colaisde na Gàidhlig/ The Gaelic College!

Suas leis a’ Ghàidhlig! Up with the Gaelic!

Honourable Rodney J. MacDonald

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