Originally published in Truro News

Aug 23, 2018

If you missed our Big News, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colchester will be moving to North River in 2019, to the current site of Molly’s Dairy Bar. They will continue operating the dairy bar as a social enterprise and we anticipate that venture will take off sometime in the Spring of 2019.

Within the next month, Flagship Construction will be busy putting on a 24 by 45-foot addition to the building to accommodate present and future office requirements.

Flagship Construction is a commercial contractor based out of North River. Andre d’Entremont bought the business just this past January.

“Andre and his wife Maggie approached me when Molly’s was still just an idea on the table. As new business owners, they were motivated to get involved in the community. They were hoping to organize some ‘learn to build’ workshops and other projects that would provide a take away for our matches,” said Michelle Misener, Executive Director with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colchester. “I was really impressed with their community-mindedness and their sincere desire to give back to our agency.”

When the opportunity presented itself to purchase Molly’s and Misener put the renovation to tender, Flagship’s vision for the space was exactly what the agency was looking for. The silver lining was that one of the agency’s Big Brothers, Peter Dorey, works for Flagship and will be one of the team members helping to create the agency’s new home.

“Seeing this project unfold from concept drawings to applying for permits, to being weeks away from breaking ground is a bit surreal,” said Dorey. “As a Big Brother, I’m excited to see the organization outgrow its current location. The new space is going to provide so many great opportunities for the Little’s in the program. As a member of the Flagship team, I’m honored to be a part of this build. We have a great team and we love what we do, and I think that will show throughout the duration of the build.”

The team at Flagship is excited to begin creating a new home for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colchester.

“Partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters is something we knew we wanted to do as soon as we took over the business,” said Andre d’Entremont owner of Flagship Construction. “We are passionate about people pursuing a life that they’ve always dreamt of. And the belief that is possible, starts early. That’s how we knew we wanted to support an organization working with youth.”

Andre’s wife, Maggie Stewart, fell in love with construction at a young age, through projects that she worked on with her mom. That love developed into a passion when she renovated her first home in Truro. Along the way, Maggie’s mom encouraged her to audition for Canada’s Handyman Challenge on HGTV where she was the only female on the show at the time.

“On top of trying to beat out the guys, I felt as though I was representing women everywhere who aspire to be or are a part of the construction industry,” said Maggie. “Now as a business owner, I’m passionate about creating equal opportunities for women and inspiring young girls, specifically Little Sisters.”

The team at Flagship are full of fantastic ideas for our Littles and their Bigs, whether it’s learning how to build their own toolbox, helping to paint a mural on a wall of our new building, or helping to build something in the community, it’s all about giving back to our community and our families.

“Not only have we gained a local motivated and talented contractor to make our new location feel like home, but we’ve also gained a partner who cares about the children, youth, and families in our community and sees the importance and value in giving back,” said Misener.

To stay up-to-date on all the latest news with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colchester follow them on Facebook and Instagram @BBBS or visit their website www.colchesterkids.ca. You can also follow along with the build on Flagship’s Instagram account: @flagship_construction