START SOMETHING COLUMN BY KAREN CHAPMAN
We are sure everyone can agree that it has been a long winter. As much as we are happy to be starting the spring, it is on a sad note. Our thoughts go out to Michelin employees as they start to think of the next steps in the coming months. It is no secret that some communities in Nova Scotia are struggling and everyone is trying to keep these great neighbourhoods thriving. When neighbourhoods thrive, so do children.
We live in a great community here in Pictou County but there are ongoing problems that all the organizations here are trying to help with. One way Big Brothers Big Sisters is trying to help is by showing children that they can be and do anything, if they work hard and do their best.
Pictou County is no stranger to people who work hard and make things happen. It is hard to stay positive sometimes, but we hope that the coming months prove how resilient we are. We continue to look forward and hope that people who are looking to do something positive think about the children that we have on our wait list. We have many great children and they would really like someone to spend time with them, teach them and show them things that they may not have experienced before.
I’m sure a lot of us sometimes feel like we would like to go back to simpler times when we were around 10 years old, playing road and pond hockey, going outside until dark and playing games with our friends, well, we can still try to capture that feeling. Spending time with children is great to help us feel like kids again. They can make us laugh, they don’t care how we look or where we work, they just want to have fun.
We think that there are a lot of people in the community right now who could use some fun. If you are thinking about digging out the bikes and looking forward to getting out on the trails for a walk in the nice weather that will hopefully be here soon, why not think about having a younger person join you. As much as this program can help out a child, it can also make a huge difference for the volunteer.
If you are interested in learning about any of our programs that might fit for you, please give us a call. We can answer any questions you might have and help you decide if this program or volunteer experience is right for you. There are many ways to be involved, and we would love to chat to people about the work that Big Brothers Big Sisters does.
Big Brothers Big Sisters Pictou County is a regular contributor The News. Karen Chapman talks about the benefits of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program as well as keeping county resident up to date on their recent activities. The column runs every second week. www.bbbsofpc.com