Christmas has come early for those involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pictou County. They have purchased a house.
The local agency has many accomplishments on their list, but one they did not have, is owning their own space. They can now add this to their bucket list as they were successful in obtaining a house recently that will be used for office space.
Local organization president Nicole LeBlanc says, “The board is thrilled to have a space that will allow our staff and clients to thrive. 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 hard at securing space as its service to the community continues to grow. The success of its BIG Bucks fundraiser has enabled the agency to reach more clients and serve more children and youth.
Margie Grant-Walsh, executive director of the local agency adds, “We have been serving children and youth for 37 years in our community. 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. The support we have received with our fund development, particularly BIG Bucks, has enabled us to make this purchase. We are so thankful for our community and the support we receive. The bottom line is service to children and youth. In 2016 we served 22 per cent more children and this year we are up once again. This building will allow us to continue along this path.”
The property will undergo some upgrades and renovations to make it suitable for office space. Grant-Walsh adds, “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, we are also planning a few cosmetic things like painting inside to spruce it up. We are truly excited and grateful to be blessed with this opportunity.”
The new property is located on MacGregor Street next door to the Roots House, service-centred neighbours. The local organization does not expect to move in until the spring after renovations take place. An open house will be held after that time to show the agency’s new space to the community.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pictou County has made a major purchase: a house to be renovated for office space. Staff members, from the left, back row, Karen Chapman, Roxanne MacLean-Swinamer, Margie Grant-Walsh and Mary Frances Galvin, show off the house to Little Sister Marley and Little Brother Devon. The house is centrally located on MacGregor Street.