Agency helps students in a BIG way

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Grace Scott, right, bursary recipient, accepts her award from Karen Chapman, program manager.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pictou County has lent a helping hand to several local students.

The agency has just handed out cash awards to this year’s recipients of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pictou County Bursary. Grace Scott, Shania MacPhail and Megan DeYoung received $500 each to contribute to their secondary education.

Shania MacPhail, centre, bursary recipient, with Roxanne MacLean-Swinamer, left, mentoring co-ordinator and Margie Grant-Walsh, executive director.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pictou County — a charitable organization serving Pictou and Antigonish counties — believes in the value and values of mentoring and provides a variety of mentoring programs for children and youth between the ages of six and 18 that can be life changing.

Margie Grant-Walsh, executive director of the local organization says, “Many youth today experience financial challenges when trying to access educational opportunities. The bursary was developed with seed money donated in 2017 by the 100 Women Who Care along with funds raised through our BIG Bucks lottery. We then established a fund where each year we can award funds to deserving Littles in our program, a wonderful way that the community can have an impact on a child’s future.”

With additional support from the Rogers family, Big Brothers Big Sisters were able to offer another bursary in memory of their daughter, Danielle, who passed in 2015. Danielle was a Big Sister to one of the recipients, Megan DeYoung. Grant-Walsh adds, “Such an amazing tribute to Danielle, ensuring that Megan has support to help her continue her education. Danielle would be so proud. We thank Judith and Dennis for their support and gift.”

September is Big Brothers Big Sisters Month and the organization is currently looking for new volunteers for their various programs from the Big Brothers and Big Sisters community-based matches, to the site-based programs like In School Mentoring, Game On and Go Girls.

“There are so many opportunities today that all volunteers can have a choice of the level time they would like to invest, and we match based on interests and other factors to ensure that our matches are successful. Volunteers need to enjoy their experience, and if you talk to any of our volunteers, they will tell you they wished they had come to us sooner.”

For more information on programs and volunteering call their office at 902-752-6260/ 902-863-5332 or visit as well as social media platforms.

Megan DeYoung, left, bursary recipient, with Judith Rogers, centre, supporter, and Margie Grant-Walsh, executive director.