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Big Brothers Big Sisters Pictou County purchase permanent home

From the left: Karen Chapman, program manager, Roxanne MacLean-Swinamer, mentoring co-ordinator, with Little Sister Marlee on the right of the sign: Little Brother Deven, executive director Margie Grant-Walsh, project co-ordinator Mary Frances Galvin.
From the left: Karen Chapman, program manager, Roxanne MacLean-Swinamer, mentoring co-ordinator, with Little Sister Marlee on the right of the sign: Little Brother Deven, executive director Margie Grant-Walsh, project co-ordinator Mary Frances Galvin. - Submitted

NEW GLASGOW

A local organization focused on mentoring children has found a new home.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Pictou County recently purchased a property on MacGregor Street, New Glasgow, next door to the Roots for Youth house.

“The board is thrilled to have a space that will allow our staff and clients to thrive,” said local organization president Nicole LeBlanc. This is something that we've talked about for a long time, and it's so wonderful to see it come to fruition after many years, and much effort by members and staff, past and present. We're so excited to see what new events and opportunities this new space will bring to our organization, and the broader community.

The organization has been working to secure space as its service to the community continues to grow. With the success of BIG Bucks, it has enabled them to reach more clients and serve more children and youth.

“We have been serving children and youth for 37 years in our community,” said Margie Grant-Walsh, executive director of the local agency. We are finally in a good position, while at the same time being fiscally responsible, to move in this direction. For a couple of years, we have been meeting and working towards this venture. It is not a small decision and one we do not take lightly. We are so thankful for our community and the support we receive. The bottom line is service to children and youth.

In 2016, Big Brothers Big Sisters Pictou County served 22 per cent more children and this year its numbers are up once again.

“This building will allow us to continue along this path,” she said.

The property will undergo some upgrades and renovations to make it suitable, Grant-Walsh added.

“We will be doing some renovations such as window replacement, changing a bathroom and adding a ramp to make it accessible as well as some energy efficient upgrades. We are applying for funding that will assist with this. Of course, a few cosmetic things like painting inside to spruce it up. We are truly excited and grateful to be blessed with this opportunity.”

The local organization does not expect to move in until the spring after renovations take place. An open house will be held after that.

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