At the 49th JUNO Awards ceremony held on June 29th, 2020, you may have spotted a familiar face or two or more on the livestream broadcast.  Allison Bernard Memorial High Schools’ Music and Technology teacher, Carter Chiasson, was the recipient of the MusiCounts Teacher of the Year award. 

Originally scheduled to be held in Saskatoon in March of this year, the JUNO Awards were canceled due to safety concerns regarding Covid-19.  Instead, the awards were announced during an online event this June.  The MusiCounts Teacher of the Year award presentation occurred during the livestream broadcast between presentations for “Group of the Year” and “World Music Album of the Year”. 

MusiCounts were in town in our community of Eskasoni this past February working with Carter and his students to produce a video package to accompany the presentation of the award, which can be seen here:   2020 MusiCounts Teacher of the Year - Carter Chiasson

It is so incredible to see our staff and students being recognized for their hard work and talent on a national stage.

Congratulations once again to Carter Chiasson, and all the students and staff at ABMHS!

To view and save photos, follow the link(s) below:

Ceremony photos:  2020 ABMHS Graduation Photos

Individual photos:  2020 ABMHS Graduate Photos

ABMHS Graduation will be held on Thursday, June 25th, 2020.  For more information, please follow the link below.

Attached below is a memo to parents of students at ABMHS.

Pathways in Technology, Early College High School (PTECH) is a new education model offering integrated high school and college curriculum focusing on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) while also providing workplace skills including leadership, communications and problem solving. This is a for High School Students beginning in Grade 9. Mentorship will be facilitated by Mi’kmaw Economic Benefits Office and Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey (MK).  Upon completion the grads will be transforming the education landscape and be equipped with the skills needed for future jobs with IBM and other ICT companies.  

For more information on this new program, and to register:

Mi'kmaw Kina'matnewey are currently accepting applications for the Sister Dorothy Moore Mi'kmaq Education Scholarships and for the Donald Marshall Sr. Memorial Scholarship fund.  

The closing date for applications is August 21, 2019.  Award recipients will be notified on or before October 1st.  

For more information and to apply, please open the file posted below.

Attached is an application for the Sammy Gehue Grade 12 Graduate Scholarship.  One $750.00 Scholarship will be awarded.  Please open the application file for more information on eligibility criteria and to apply.

Also attached is an application for the Sammy Gehue Achievement Award.  This award is open to all 5-12 year old Mi'kmaq children of Nova Scotia.  The first place winner receives a trophy and $250.00, second place receives a trophy and $175.00, and third place receives a trophy and $125.00.  If you have or know of a child who has made an achievement in any of the following categories:  Sports, School, Humanitarian, Environmental efforts, etc., please open and complete the application form. 

Allison Bernard Memorial High School was host to a “Techsploration goes to school” event on May 3rd.  Techsploration is a program dedicated to the empowerment of young women in the STEM fields.  The goal of Techsploration is to increase the number of women working in science, trades and technology occupations by assisting young women from diverse backgrounds to explore a wide range of career options. 

In the weeks leading up to the event, students in the school’s techsploration group met weekly to study various occupations from each of the STEM fields and to learn more about potential career paths available to them.  During this time the students also familiarized themselves with the work of their Techsploration role model – Eilidh Lindsay-Sinclair, Director of Operations at CloudKettle.

CloudKettle is a Halifax-based consultancy that specializes in helping enterprise software companies with sales and marketing.  Eilidh was CloudKettle’s first employee.  After studying Public Relations at Mount Saint Vincent University she was brought on by CloudKettle as Marketing Coordinator.  Over the years her passion for process and efficiency led to her transition into her new role as Director of Operations.  Eilidh is passionate about advancing opportunities for women in technology and developing stronger equity for women in STEM fields.  Through her role at CloudKettle, Eilidh founded and now co-chairs Digital Skills for Women, a learning cohort aimed at increasing digital literacy.

The Techsploration goes to school event was a great success.  Organized by ABMHS teacher Carol Ann Jeddore and Techsploration coordinator Margaret Davidson, students attended presentations by local women in leadership roles within the STEM fields and did a presentation of their own about their role model Eilidh Lindsay-Sinclair.  Students got to hear from Eskasoni’s own Gaetanne Stevens about career and education opportunities in the RCMP and about the application of various branches of STEM in everyday police work.  Students also heard from Deanne van Rooyen, Assistant Professor in Geology at Cape Breton University. 

On May 24th, students attended the provincial Techsploration event at Acadia University hearing from and presenting to schools and role models from across the province about their own experiences as part of the Techsploration program. 

Great job to everyone involved in this program!

Are you a young woman in Junior High or High School interested in science?

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Are you/do you know an Indigenous youth that is interested in a career in Health Sciences (Medicine, Nursing, Physiotherapy, Dentistry, etc.)?  Then this program is for you. The Junior University Summer Camp Program is an excellent opportunity for Indigenous Youth to see what kind of Health Careers are available to them. The best part is that the Camps are all free!

2019 Junior University.

The Dalhousie Faculty of Medicine's Indigenous Health Program, in partnership with The Johnson Scholarship foundation, will be hosting THREE health sciences summer camps in Nova Scotia for Indigenous students this summer. As participants in the program, students will be exposed to a variety of healthcare professions and training programs through interactive, hands on programming. The 2018 camps were a huge success.  We were able to put 43 students through the program in 2018 up from 24 in 2017 and the feedback from all involved was extremely positive.  

2019 is looking to be the best year yet with all kinds of new learning opportunities being added to the already stellar lineup of workshops and cultural activities. In addition to the regular programming the 2019 Junior University summer camp will offer 2 students a $1000.00 promise scholarship provided by the AIMS network. We strive to constantly improve the camp experience every year using the feedback from participants and facilitators to inform our efforts.

The Junior University programs are hosted at;

  • Dalhousie University (July 7-11)
  • St. Francis Xavier University (July 16-19)
  • Cape Breton University (July 22-25)

with the collaboration of Nova Scotia Community College. Indigenous Students from grade (8-11) are encouraged to apply.




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