Finlay Campbell was severely wounded in WWI, became a world renowned singer, famous throughout Europe. He studied Gaelic and violin with Malcolm Gillis, Margaree. Eulogy of Malcolm Gillis and the religious life of the people of Margaree.
John Campbell was born into a farming family in Boularderie. His parents were Malcolm and Christy MacAuley. John operated a store at Boularderie before moving into Sydney where he operated a successful business. John was an Elder and caretaker of St. Andrew's United Church. He was well-known as a fine Gaelic singer, translator of hymns and composer of the song Marbhrann, a lament for the death of his wife Annie (née Buchanan) in 1939. His skills as a translator earned him first prize in Hymn translation at the Vancouver Mod in 1947. Some of his translations as well as his Marbhrann appear in a pamphlet published in 1947.
Campbell's daughter, Mae Campbell Cameron (1906-2005) was head of the Cape Breton Gaelic Chorale and deeply involved in the Gaelic scene in Sydney.
John Colin Campbell was born on January 22, 1935 to Vincent Campbell and Viola MacNeil in Sydney, Nova Scotia. He married Dolores Campbell on December 26, 1963 and together they had four children, Mary Campbell, Susan Campbell, Archie Campbell, and Flora Campbell. As a young man he wrote an obituary for a local boxer and received a job offer from the Cape Breton Post and worked as a journalist until his retirement, including 13 years as editor of the Cape Breton Highlander. In 2000, he was nominated for and won the Atlantic Journalistic Achievement Award. He died on September 21, 2022.
Joseph Campbell was a Big Pond farmer, Justice of the Peace, and county councillor. He died in 1973.
Malcolm Campbell was the son of Michael Campbell and the grandson of Neil Campbell. He was a crofter/fisherman who lived on the island of Mingulay, south of Barra. His aunt, Jane (Campbell) MacNeil emigrated to Cape Breton in 1822 and settled at Boisdale. was recorded on the census of 1901 as being 80 years old.
Peter J. MacKenzie Campbell was born in Johnstown, Nova Scotia on 3 March 1898. He was the son of James P. and Mary Jessie (MacKenzie) Campbell. He attended local schools and later attended St. Francis Xavier University. He was employed for many years with the Cape Breton branch of the Co-operative Wholesale Services. He helped organize and was the first president of Johnstown Credit Union. He was president of the Nova Scotia Co-operative Union, director of the Sydney Credit Union, and director of the Co-operative Union of Canada. In 1975, Campbell was presented with a service award by St. Francis Xavier University Extension Department, and was granted an honorary Doctor of Laws, also by St. Francis Xavier. He was a third degree member of the Sydney KOC and a member of Sacred Heart Parish. He was a well known author, especially on Scottish heritage and Cape Breton history. He died on 8 December 1985.
The Canadian Registration Board was first founded after August, 1917, in order to record the occupations of Canadians and insure that those who were needed to work enlisted to serve during World War 1.
BPW Canada was founded in 1930, at the same time as the International Federation. The International Federation, which has Consultative 1 Status at the United Nations Economic and Social Council, now includes clubs in more than 95 countries around the world. Membership in a local club includes membership in the provincial, national and international Federations.
The Canadian Federation of Women, a voluntary, non-profit, self-funded bilingual organization of over 100,000 women university graduate, was founded in 1919. CFW members are involved in public affairs, working to raise the social, economic and legal status of women, as well as to improve education, the environment, peace, justice and human rights.
The Cape Breton Chorale was founded in 1973 by Sister Rita Clare, C.N.D. . With a complement of approximately 50 voices, the mixed adult group has played an important role in the cultural life of Cape Breton, performing at a variety of venues large and small both locally and abroad.
The Chorale represented Canada at the International Musical Eisteddfod in Wales in 1993. Four years later, in 1997, the Cape Breton Chorale forged links with a number of communities in Scotland, bringing the music of "New Scotland" to appreciative audiences in various cathedrals and castles from Edinburgh to the Isle of Iona. Again in July 2004, the Chorale ventured overseas for a musical tour of the Republic of Ireland. Canadian radio and television audiences have been able to enjoy the music of the Cape Breton Chorale through a number of appearances on various programs, including the CBC Choral Competitions where the Chorale competed as Atlantic finalist.
The Chorale has shared the stage with musical stars like Celine Dion and Rita MacNeil, and has performed before numerous visiting dignitaries, including Queen Elizabeth II. The group have hosted and sung with visiting choirs from Canada and Europe, participated in workshops with distinguished Canadian choral conductors, and has joined with other Nova Scotia choirs to perform major works.
The Cape Breton Chorale has released five recordings, "Christmas with the Cape Breton Chorale" (1990), "Songs of Atlantic Canada" (1991), "Remembering the Forties" (1995), "Songs of Land and Sea" (1997) and "Rejoice and Sing!" Christmas with the Cape Breton Chorale (2006). Two of its selections were chosen for the compilation "A Noteworthy Christmas: Great Canadian Choirs Sing Holiday Favorites" and the Chorale is included in "Song for the Mira", a compilation of the works of Allister MacGillivray, as well as recordings from Celtic Colours performances.
The Cape Breton Chorale is currently under the direction of Rosemary McGhee.