Carol-Ann Nicholson House opens its doors – Fundy Region Transition House second stage housing ready to provide respite from family violence

Krisi Marples/Courier From left - Andrew Nicholson, Cole Nicholson, and Amanda Beach, Nicholson’s children and grandson, and FRTH President, Diane Ganong, cut the ribbon to make official the opening of Carol-Ann Nicholson House.

St. Stephen – Many gathered on Sunday afternoon in the sunshine to celebrate the opening of Carol-Ann Nicholson House, the second stage housing offered by Fundy Region Transition House (FRTH). Carol-Ann Nicholson was an original founder of FRTH, and as good a friend, colleague, neighbour and listener as a person could hope for, according to those who spoke about her.

“She was special, ” said Nicholson’s niece, Heather Nicholson. “To me and to many others. She was a writer, reporter, historian, teacher, political junkie – but to me, she was Aunt Carol. And she was fun.”

“Less than a year ago, we stood here to announce the plan to build a second stage housing structure, and today, it is a reality,” said FRTH President, Diane Ganong. “This structure will be known as Carol-Ann Nicholson House in honour of a dedicated founding member of the Fundy Region Transition House board,” said Ganong. “She remained a director until her passing, just over one year ago. Carol-Ann was an incredible woman who always made time to listen.”

“A building named in her honour will stand as a testament to the tireless dedication and work of Carol-Ann Nicholson,” said NB Southwest MP, Karen Ludwig. “Her legacy will continue as she watches over and protects the women and children who walk through these doors who are seeking support, safety and shelter from family violence.”