Pictou Advocate sports

Group to chart County Hall of Fame’s future


NEW GLASGOW – A three-member committee has been struck to help chart the future course for the Pictou County sports Heritage Hall of Fame.

Deputy Mayor Lennie White of Westville is the spokesman for the committee that also includes councillors Clyde Fraser from New Glasgow and Eric Daley from Pictou. They represent their respective town councils on the hall of fame’s board of directors.

“It’s more of a succession planning committee,” White said. “We realize it can’t go on the way it’s going. Changes need to be made.”

Barry Trenholm’s impending retirement as the hall of fame’s curator next fall promoted formation of the committee, but White said the organization needs a general overhaul aside from addressing how Trenholm is replaced.

“We want to acknowledge the amazing 20-plus years of volunteer work by Barry in keeping the hall going,” White said. “At the same time we have formed a committee to look at succession planning for the hall, looking at the entire operation and governance of the Hall and volunteer recruitment to continue the operation after Barry leaves on October 31.”

White said the hall of fame needs more input and a wider support structure to achieve its full potential.

“In my way of thinking, we need to put together some sort of a plan,” he said. “Several ideas have been coming up, such as raising funds to pay at least an honorarium for someone. We need extra funding and people to get on board, but we need to get our ducks in order before we reach out to people.”

The hall of fame stores and displays records and artifacts at its location in the federal building in New Glasgow. It is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday or by appointment.