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Lake of Bays Heritage Foundation Awards First Two Weaver Bursary Recipients

In August 2014, the Lake of Bays Heritage Foundation started a program to give a bursary to two students, one from each of Huntsville and Bracebridge high schools, to help pay for their first year of university. They are chosen by their respective schools. The bursary, initially at $500, has been increased. The latest news release pasted below has the details. For more information, please visit the Harriet T. Weaver Trust page.

August 1, 2014, Baysville -- The Lake of Bays Heritage Foundation is pleased to announce the first two annual student awards of the Harriet T. Weaver Bursary. Local high school graduates Natasha Benn and Mariah Smith have each received a gift of $500 towards their studies of Life Sciences at McMaster University and Environmental Resource Studies at the University of Waterloo, respectively.

"The Lake of Bays Heritage Foundation is pleased to support local students in their post-secondary studies with this award. We thank Brink Weaver and other donors for endowing these bursaries and expect they will grow in future years," said Bruce MacLellan, President of LBHF.

The Harriet T. Weaver Bursaries are awarded annually to one graduating student from each of Bracebridge and Muskoka Lakes Secondary School and Huntsville High School who are accepted for post-secondary study at a college or university in a subject related to the work of the Lake of Bays Heritage Foundation. The establishment of these awards was made possible through a generous initial endowment by Harriet's son, Brink Weaver, a former President of the Lake of Bays Association. The Fund has received additional gifts since its establishment and remains open for donations to the capital endowment.

The LBHF is a community-based, non-profit organization protecting the natural, built and cultural heritage of Lake of Bays, including the Township area and watershed. Operated by a volunteer Board, the Foundation encourages the protection of our heritage through education, voluntary stewardship, conservation easements, land donations and land acquisitions. The focus is on the long-term preservation of heritage for future generations. The Foundation maintains a close working relationship with the Township, the Lake of Bays Association and other conservation groups. Founded by permanent and seasonal residents in 1985, the Foundation is also a certified member of the Ontario Land Trust Alliance.

Our Results
  • Acquired over 50 per cent of the Lower Oxtongue River for permanent protection, including 6.5 km of shoreline.
  • Preserved one mile of natural shoreline and 47-acres of forest at Port Cunnington.
  • Partnered with the Ontario Heritage Trust to be the steward of the 100-acre Pyke property near Brown's Brae.
  • Recognized more than 30 building owners with plaques for heritage property protection.
  • Encouraged the Township to create a Heritage Committee of Council to encourage protection.
  • Rescued the Bigwin ferry from a sunken mooring in 1991 and conducted feasibility studies to transfer to the current Navigation Society for restoration.
  • Established the Harriet T. Weaver Memorial Trust which funds two bursaries each year to assist one student from each of Bracebridge and Huntsville high schools to help pay for their first year of university or college.
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Contact Us

Lake of Bays Heritage Foundation
P.O. Box 81
Baysville, Ontario
P0B 1A0