On October 31 at the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre, Eleanor Catherine Bernard was presented with an Honorary Doctorate degree during Cape Breton University’s Fall convocation.
Eleanor Bernard has a long and distinguished career in Aboriginal Education, including lecturer, educator, vice-principal, and director at many levels of education. She has been Executive Director at Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey (MK) for the past 13 years and under her direction, MK is recognized as a national example for best practices in aboriginal education.
During her address to the graduating class, Bernard spoke of the important work being done at CBU through their customized programming and delivery to Mi’kmaw students and communities. She reflected on the collaborative efforts of CBU and the many Mi’kmaw leaders who came before her who helped make this programming such a success. She explained that it is her belief that “when we work hard, we can do a lot but when we work together, we can do much more”. She is a true example of what can be accomplished through hope and perseverance!
Congratulations Dr Eleanor Bernard!