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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Beary good way to pass time

If you have been out for a social distancing approved walk for exercise lately, you may have seen little fuzzy friends popping up in the windows of houses all over the county. Although going on a bear hunt may not be the first activity that comes to mind as a way to self-isolate, the new...

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Tiaras and Ties to mark BIG 40th celebration

For Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pictou County, 40 years does not seem that long. This year, they are celebrating their 40th anniversary of serving children and youth through mentoring programs and are kicking off the year of celebration with their signature event, Bowl for Kids Sake. Margie Grant-Walsh, executive director says, “For an event...

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Y gives Peace a chance

Awards and testimonials on Monday highlighted the annual Y Peace breakfast in the Pictou County Wellness Centre’s community room. The breakfast helped launch Y Peace Week which this year is being observed from November 16 to 23. The YMCA of Pictou County hosted the breakfast and conducted proceedings that also included an address by special...

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New look for Big Brothers Big Sisters

Wednesday was a banner day for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pictou County. The 40-year-old Pictou County organization was celebrating with the other branches from across the country that form the 106-year-old national Big Brothers Big Sisters organization: A new day and a new look – but the same intent. The kickoff was held on...

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Agency helps students in a BIG way

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. Big...

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Chamber project to showcase non-profit sector

This summer the Pictou County Chamber of Commerce has initiated a unique research study to quantify the economic and social impact of Pictou County’s non-profit sector. The project is being led by the Chamber’s student assistant Kayla Flinn with advisory assistance from Michele Ward from Kid’s First and Margie Grant-Walsh from Big Brothers Big Sisters...

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A Christmas present to remember

Christmas often brings back memories of family and times gone by for many people. This year, Ruth Copeland Brunelle got an unexpected present that brought back memories of her father. As Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pictou County was winding down renovations to a house for its new office, contractors found a surprise hidden in...

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‘Big’ move planned

This fall will bring a fresh start filled with infinite possibilities for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pictou County. The local non-profit agency will be moving into its new location in about six weeks’ time, after purchasing a house in New Glasgow and turning it into a spectacular two-storey office space. And the agency’s executive...

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