Shirley Murray and family announce funding for deCoste, new library

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PICTOU – A major funding announcement on Thursday helped to open the Pictou County Chamber awards gala at the deCoste Performing Arts Centre.

Executive director Troy Greencorn introduced Advocate President and CEO Sean Murray and his mother Shirley Murray, who jointly announced the $400,000 funding commitment for proposed improvements to the centre and construction of a new adjoining home for the Pictou Library, being made by Shirley Murray and Family .

“We have been working on an exciting project for the past three years with the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library, the Town of Pictou and the Municipality of Pictou County,” Greencorn said. “This project will be a game changer for the deCoste Centre and the Pictou Library.”

Sean Murray saluted the Culture Hub model that will accompany construction, which is scheduled to start in the fall of 2020.

“This Pictou project is very exciting,” he said.

Shirley Murray said the funding and the project are timely for the local and wider community.

“This is really a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” she said.

Besides annual awards, the gala included Sean Murray’s presentation of the Advocate Lifetime Achievement Award to Frank C. Sobey.

Murray noted the award is not an annual one. It is presented “to an individual who has demonstrated long-term success as an entrepreneur and business leader with a commitment to community service over the many years of a successful career.’

Guest speaker Sarah MacIntosh-Wiseman, CEO of the Pictou County Regional Enterprise Network (PCREN) addressed the audience with the most recent developments for the network.

She outlined one thrust of the REN’s work to develop ways to break down people’s barriers to jobs and careers through education and to fill ongoing job vacancies with the help of skilled immigrants. 

Read more about it in next weeks edition of The Advocate.

An artist’s rendering of what the new library/deCoste facility will look like.