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Joe Shannon and family invests one million dollars at Beinn Mhàbu


A big investment was announced in Mabou on Tuesday.


On the heels of Beinn Mhàbu’s post-secondary programming premiere this fall, Joe Shannon and family are investing one million dollars to support the new cultural and educational initiative.


Divided into several areas, the funds will focus on student and program supports such as guest lecturers, field trips, classroom equipment, and recruitment efforts.


The funds will also establish an artist-in-residence program, bringing internationally recognized artists to Mabou to work on their craft within this culturally rich community.


The largest portion will go towards student scholarships with an endowment fund being created.


Beinn Mhàbu and Colaisde na Gàidhlig President Rodney MacDonald says the investment is a big deal for the Mabou campus.

“The Shannon family's investment in Beinn Mhàbu will make a significant difference for our students, the overall program experience, and ultimately the local community.
We are very thankful to the Shannon Family for their investment."

Students applying for the 2023-2024 year ahead are eligible for programming assistance with up to $8500 now available per student.


If you're interested in applying, an application can be found here.


In partnership with Cape Breton University, this new program delivers an innovative, broad-based, foundation year which provides credits toward a degree at CBU.


Offered through the language of English, students gain a deep understanding of Gaelic culture by focusing on key subject areas, from the ancient past to the present day.


The program will launch this September.

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