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Programming for local children gets boost


TRURO – Vicki Colford knows first-hand just how beneficial Big Brothers Big Sisters is.

Colford, the board president for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colchester, was a

‘little sister’ when she was six.

“It showed me that volunteering is very important,” she said, after the Scotiabank branch on Inglis Place presented the organization with a cheque for $15,000. “It showed me that you can be that special person in someone’s life, just by being there. It definitely made me want to give back.”

While growing up in Ontario, Colford had a ‘big sister’ on two different occasions, and is still friends with at least one of them.

“It was about having that positive relationship with an adult. We had a lot of fun. It was another adult you didn’t want to let down.”

She has a lifelong friendship, she said, with her big, and she wanted to return the favour for the same reasons.

When she graduated from university and was living in Colchester County, Colford was a big sister to a little, and the little just turned 30.

“We’re still friends,” she said.

But that just wasn’t enough for Colford.

“I was an in-school mentor to her for three years and because that wasn’t going to be able to continue, we changed to the big and little program to continue that relationship,” she said.

Thanks to the donation from Scotiabank’s four branches – Elmsdale, West End Truro, Inglis Place and Tatamagouche – programming through the organization will get a bit of a boost.

“This is the fourth year in a row that Scotiabank has been able to give us that amount,” said Michelle Misener, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colchester.

“That is a truckload of money.”

During the recent donation presentation, Misener told the staff at the Inglis Place branch the company’s staff dedication and commitment is “second to none.”

“We are very fortunate to have the staff to do that,” said Heather Hagen, manager of customer service.

The donation came from the employees at the branches assisting in sales of Traveloto tickets. This year, the four branches sold a combination of 574 tickets, or $18,775 worth. Scotiabank was able to match the ticket sales, up to $15,000.

“We were scrambling to find tickets,” said Misener, who said 2,900 tickets were sold this year.

Last year, the organization served 296 local children. They offer a variety of programs, such as monthly activities, a Kids and Cops program, big and little cooking classes, and Go Girls, among others.

There are about 40 children on the waiting list for a big, with the majority of those being boys. For more information on the organization or to volunteer, call 902-895-4562 or visit www.colchesterkids.ca.

 

rtetanish@trurodaily.com

Twitter: @TDNRaissa

Colford, the board president for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colchester, was a

‘little sister’ when she was six.

“It showed me that volunteering is very important,” she said, after the Scotiabank branch on Inglis Place presented the organization with a cheque for $15,000. “It showed me that you can be that special person in someone’s life, just by being there. It definitely made me want to give back.”

While growing up in Ontario, Colford had a ‘big sister’ on two different occasions, and is still friends with at least one of them.

“It was about having that positive relationship with an adult. We had a lot of fun. It was another adult you didn’t want to let down.”

She has a lifelong friendship, she said, with her big, and she wanted to return the favour for the same reasons.

When she graduated from university and was living in Colchester County, Colford was a big sister to a little, and the little just turned 30.

“We’re still friends,” she said.

But that just wasn’t enough for Colford.

“I was an in-school mentor to her for three years and because that wasn’t going to be able to continue, we changed to the big and little program to continue that relationship,” she said.

Thanks to the donation from Scotiabank’s four branches – Elmsdale, West End Truro, Inglis Place and Tatamagouche – programming through the organization will get a bit of a boost.

“This is the fourth year in a row that Scotiabank has been able to give us that amount,” said Michelle Misener, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colchester.

“That is a truckload of money.”

During the recent donation presentation, Misener told the staff at the Inglis Place branch the company’s staff dedication and commitment is “second to none.”

“We are very fortunate to have the staff to do that,” said Heather Hagen, manager of customer service.

The donation came from the employees at the branches assisting in sales of Traveloto tickets. This year, the four branches sold a combination of 574 tickets, or $18,775 worth. Scotiabank was able to match the ticket sales, up to $15,000.

“We were scrambling to find tickets,” said Misener, who said 2,900 tickets were sold this year.

Last year, the organization served 296 local children. They offer a variety of programs, such as monthly activities, a Kids and Cops program, big and little cooking classes, and Go Girls, among others.

There are about 40 children on the waiting list for a big, with the majority of those being boys. For more information on the organization or to volunteer, call 902-895-4562 or visit www.colchesterkids.ca.

 

rtetanish@trurodaily.com

Twitter: @TDNRaissa

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