#NSStrong Bursary established by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pictou County

NEW GLASGOW — One year after the worst mass killing in Canadian history took place, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pictou County wanted to do something to recognize the incredible show of support that followed and highlight the positivity that came out of the tragedy. The hashtag #NSStrong became a representation for the caring people...

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‘Big’ bowl goal reached

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pictou County has been ‘bowled over’ by the support of its Bowl of Kids Sake virtual fundraiser. The single largest fundraiser for the local agency annually, it was originally planned as an in-person event this year. Organizers were looking forward to welcoming the community back after a one-year hiatus, but...

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Long-standing housing problems becoming crisis: advocates

NEW GLASGOW — Mary Richards knows the struggle of finding housing. For the last year or so, she’s been trying to find a home for herself and her three teenaged grandchildren. She legally adopted them in 2010. “Some of the landlords, they don’t want children,” said Richards. “Even when they find out they’re teenagers, the...

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Accreditation earned by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pictou County

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pictou County has been granted accreditation for having successfully met the review standards outlined by the national governing body, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada. Margie Grant-Walsh, executive director of the local organization states, “The process is most welcome here in Pictou County; we want to have the opportunity to...

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Enjoy a ‘BIG’ Night In

As the saying goes, when the going gets tough … And for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pictou County, when the going gets tough you pivot and think outside the box. The worldwide health pandemic of COVID-19 is preventing the local agency from holding its usual November Grafton Street Dinner Theatre fundraiser. Public health measures...

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BIG, beautiful donation

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pictou County often receives corporate support, and a recent gift was no different; but they were surprised, shocked and honoured to receive a substantial donation from Monat Canada. The global, premium beauty products company made four donations to Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies across the country this month for a...

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MacKenzie seeks to take her international experience to her hometown in a run for council

Melinda MacKenzie calls herself a “proud Pictonian” and she wants your vote for Pictou Town Council in the upcoming municipal election. A graduate of Pictou Academy, Acadia University and James Cook University in Australia, MacKenzie is an advocate of lifelong learning and currently teaches at Pictou Landing First Nation School. She is co-founder of Earth...

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LeBlanc puts name forward for Trenton Council seat

TRENTON – Well-known community leader Nicole LeBlanc is adding her name to the ballot to be a voice at the Trenton Town Council table. “I’ve spent much of my life listening to and appreciating the wisdom of those generations who built Trenton and our community, and am looking to provide a voice for the young...

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‘Big’ celebration helps agency mark 40 years

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. The event was held at the Highland Drive-In Theatre and began with entertainment by favourite local...

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Rolling with the punches

When it comes to fundraising amid a worldwide health pandemic, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pictou County decided to just “roll” with it. The agency’s major fundraiser, Bowl for Kids Sake, had been scheduled for early April but had to be cancelled due to COVID-19 and the public health measures that were put in place...

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