Margie Beaton

Margie Beaton

Margie considers herself one of the lucky ones. Born and raised in Mabou, a rural, culturally-rich haven on the western side of Cape Breton, she came to understand at an early age through family and community the beauty of culture, and the intrinsic benefits it can bestow on personal development. Through traditional Gaelic music and dance, Margie has had the good fortune of learning from valued sources, performing, recording, traveling, and teaching both locally and abroad.

She has taken on active roles with groups like Stòras na h-Òigridh/Treasures of Youth, an endowment fund dedicated to youth seeking financial aid in Gaelic development, and the Celtic Heart of North America, a cultural tourism-based marketing cooperative. It’s through her work at Colaisde na Gàidhlig/the Gaelic College where her passions ignite, both within her chosen field of marketing and grassroots cultural learning, especially with youth. The unique, non-profit institution also runs an island-wide music festival, KitchenFest!, fueling the local traditional music scene, fostering relationships with on-island partners, and creating economic impact for the whole of Cape Breton Island. Additionally, Margie keeps busy within her work and voluntary contributions as a graphic designer.

"I came to understand at an early age the beauty of knowing one's own culture and the intrinsic benefits it can bestow on personal development."