Cape Breton Welcome Network

The Cape Breton Welcome Network is a constellation of local, volunteer-led Welcome Groups made up of enthusiastic people eager to share their passion for Cape Breton – Unama’ki with newcomers.  

If you are new to Cape Breton – or if you’d like to help welcome those who are – the Welcome Network is a great place to start.

About the Cape Breton Welcome Network

Launched in 2020, the Cape Breton Welcome Network is designed to support Cape Breton communities do one of the things they do best: welcome. The Network is comprised of a growing number of Welcome Groups around the Island and led by enthusiastic community volunteers. These volunteer Welcomers are people who have a welcoming spirit, are open-minded and respectful of diverse cultural backgrounds, passionate and knowledgeable about their communities and eager to share with newcomers all the great local activities and hidden gems.   

The welcoming activities of each group are different – customized to best suit each community and each newcomer. Common activities might include: a welcoming phone call, meeting for coffee, delivering welcome baskets, offering community tours.   

Connect with a welcome group today!

If you are new to Cape Breton or if you would like to learn how to become a volunteer Welcomer, please see the chart below and reach out to the Welcome Group nearest you. If your Cape Breton community doesn’t have a Welcome Group yet and you are interested in helping to form one, please email

Judique Welcome Group

Dena MacKinnon

Phone: (902) 787-2110


Port Hood Welcome Group

Maggie MacDonald

Phone: (902) 615-3670


Linda MacMillan

Phone: (902) 579-4657


CBRM Welcome Group

Megan Ringer


Chéticamp Welcome Group

Heather Davis

Phone: (902) 224-1572


Velvet Mattinnia

Phone: (902) 224-1572


St.Peter’s and Area Welcome Group

Megan Watt

Phone: (587) 201-3117


Victoria County Welcome Group

Perla MacLeod

Phone: (902) 295-1130


Louisdale Welcome Goup

Jacqueline Landry


Inverness Welcome Group

Rose Mary MacDonald


The Welcome Network stems from the extensive efforts of and continues to work closely with the Cape Breton Local Immigration Partnership.

Why Welcoming Matters

The Cape Breton Welcome Network is about enriching our communities. We believe that communities are healthier, happier and more productive when newcomers are welcomed and can fully participate in society and in the local economy. Welcome Network volunteers support newcomers in becoming members of the community – feeling and knowing that they belong.

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Last Modified: October 4, 2021