Who We Are & What We Do

The Ann Terry Society (The Society) helps women living in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality enter the paid workforce by providing career development services that are women centered and community based. The not-for-profit society is made up of volunteers from our community who are committed to achieving equality for women and ensuring that women are given the opportunity to reach their full potential through personal growth, education, skills development, and employment. The Society is a community sponsor with a proven track record and a safe place to invest funds. The Society has sponsored more than 25 employment projects with successful outcomes over the last 23 years including The Ann Terry Women’s Employment Project (The Ann Terry Project).

The Ann Terry Project, named in honour of the late Ann Terry MacLellan, a renowned broadcaster and Devco official, has been in operation since 1986 and has helped thousands of unemployed women find employment. The Ann Terry Project is funded by Employment Nova Scotia.

The Ann Terry Project is unique in that it provides specialized career development programs for women who face multiple, often complex barriers to employment when they try to gain equal access to full time work with equal pay.

Being women centered allows the service to focus specifically on women’s needs and develop strong career development and employment counselling programs and services that will increase women’s self esteem and support them to be independent and have control over their lives and their learning activities.

The Ann Terry Project provides a wide variety of career development and employment counselling services including individual and group sessions related to career exploration, job search, skills training and employment maintenance.


I believe that my ability to find employment has been enhanced by having a women only community based agency available to me.

When I lost my job after 17 years because my position became redundant, The Ann Terry Project helped me to develop my job goals and work on a plan to get there. My plan included returning to school for two years, but now I am working full time doing the work I want to do.

OUR LOCATION The location of the office has changed over the years as has the faces of the staff who provide the services and the dedicated volunteers who continue to sponsor this Project for women in our community. What doesn’t change is the Ann Terry Society’s commitment to provide specialized women centered career development and counselling services for women.