PICTOU — Sunday drives will soon be within reach of more seniors in Pictou County.
CHAD Transit is rolling out the novel service after becoming the most recent recipient of the financial prize at the most recent gathering for the 100 Women Who Care group.
The local transit service received the most votes from 100 Women members and was chosen over two other finalists — Tearmann House and the Pictou County YMCA’s Strong Kids program.
“We’re very excited that CHAD Transit has been chosen,” executive director Danny MacGillivray said. “The two other organizations were worthy as well, so we’re fortunate to receive this. We’re looking forward to getting seniors out and around.”
MacGillivray unveiled the program during his presentation on behalf of CHAD Transit. The plan is to identify seniors who live in isolation and lack discretionary incomes or other the means for recreational outings.
“Social isolation is complete or nearly complete isolation from everyone else,” he said. “A lot of people in Pictou County are socially isolated. We will use the funds to fight social isolation in Pictou County.”
MacGillivray described utilizing a 16-passenger vehicle to pick up seniors who would like the idea of a weekend drive to various attractions in the county, such as the Carmichael House and Museum in New Glasgow, Museum of Industry in Stellarton, Trenton Park, Pictou waterfront and LORDA.
Christmas tree light tours are also being contemplated.
Tearmann House executive director Donna Smith said 100 Women funds would be directed toward its playground that needs some items upgraded, repairs or replaced. She noted that the shelter for women and children in uncertain domestic circumstances has been operating since 1984.
She referred to an aging back yard with a fence and a basketball net that needs to be replaced and a gate installed.
“There is little money for extras,” she said.
Y Strong Kids presenters Keeley McKay and Sam Thompson outlined how financial support could help more people enjoy Y programs.
“It is important to a newcomer who made the YMCA their first stop when moving to the community,” McKay said. “It is important in many ways to the more than 4,800 children, youth, adults and seniors who use the YMCA.”
Thompson shared examples of what $100 can do to help people access the Y’s services, such as those who access the services through Schools Plus, Mental Health and Addictions, Community Services and Tearmann House.
“Every bit helps,” he said. “It helps us to offer programming that touches our mind, body and spirit and helps to enhance the health of individuals in Pictou County.”
Silent Witness, Special Olympics Pictou County and the Army Cadet League are the three groups for the next 100 Women event this summer.
CHAD Transit executive director Danny MacGillivray accepts a financial contribution from 100 Women Who Care committee member Karen Baillie.(Goodwin photo)