‘Big’ celebration helps agency mark 40 years

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It would have taken a lot more than the summer storm last Tuesday to keep the smiles off the faces of those who braved the elements and attended the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pictou County’s 40th anniversary celebration.

Karen Vaughan, centre, presents the Executive Director’s Choice award to
Jackie Jardine and Mike MacKean

The event was held at the Highland Drive-In Theatre and began with entertainment by favourite local entertainer Jason Brushett who was truly ‘singin’ in the rain’.

Several mentor awards were handed out in the lobby of the drive-in which saw winners exit their vehicles and visit the lobby to pick up their hardware.

The winners included:

Business: Jamie MacGillivray

Diversity: Pictou Landing First Nation Chief Andrea Paul

Health & Wellness: Peter Guthro

Youth: Nina Davey

Education: Diane Vaughan

Seniors: Mary MacLellan

Social Work/Social Service: Rev. Mary Beth Moriarty

Non-Profit: Jessica Smith (posthumously)

People’s Choice: Bob MacEachern

Executive Director’s Choice: Jackie Jardine and Mike MacKean

The local agency also made a presentation to the Barker Family who owns the drive-in for being a “friend of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pictou County” and special recognition was mentioned for the agency’s executive director Margie Grant-Walsh for more than 30 years of leadership at the helm of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pictou County. Also recognized was St. Francis Xavier University for its support of the agency’s In School Mentoring Program in Antigonish.


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pictou County’s Brenda MacNutt was busy in the lobby of the Highland Drive-In welcoming those who attended the agency’s 40th anniversary celebration and selling tickets on a special prize. (Jardine photo)