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Big Brothers Big Sisters thrilled with new space on MacGregor Street

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pictou County executive director Margie Grant-Walsh at the organization’s new home on MacGregor Street.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pictou County executive director Margie Grant-Walsh at the organization’s new home on MacGregor Street. - Kevin Adshade
NEW GLASGOW, N.S. —

They moved on up, to the east side.

For years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pictou County worked out of a basement office on Stellarton Road. Now, they’re just getting used to their new home – which is providing a much larger work space then they’d been accustomed to – on MacGregor Street, on New Glasgow’s east side, a stone’s throw from the now-empty lot that used to be John Brother MacDonald Stadium.

“Our mentoring coordinators, they all have space now,” said Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pictou County executive director Margie Grant-Walsh.

“We have extra meeting space, programming space (and) in the summer it’s going to be great, because we have property outside, where we can do some on-site programming outside with the kids.”

The local organization moved into the bungalow on Nov. 15, 2018, and held an open house in early March, allowing the general public a chance to tour the facility and to ask any questions they might have.

“We had a very tiny, tiny space on Stellarton Road,” Grant-Walsh said, “and we had storage area rented, so we don’t have to pay for that now.”

The move was a long time in the making.

“This just didn’t happen just overnight,” added Grant-Walsh, who on March 9 marked her 32nd year with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pictou County.

“I’ve been here 32 years, and we had a dream a number of years ago, then we got sidelined – finances – but the thing with this building is, we are able to support more kids.”

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