The Lake of Bays Heritage Foundation is pleased to announce its support of two students pursuing post-secondary education. The recipients of the Harriet T. Weaver Bursaries for 2020 are local high school graduates Nolan Parsons, of Huntsville High School, and Sam Veitch, of Bracebridge and Muskoka Lakes Secondary School. They have each received a gift of $850 towards their studies of Geography at Trent University, and Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph, respectively.
“The Lake of Bays Heritage Foundation, with the support of Brink Weaver and many other donors, was delighted to be able to establish an endowment to support local students in their post-secondary studies with this award. We thank Brink Weaver and all other donors for making this possible. The bursaries have increased in size each year since our first awards in 2014 and we trust they will continue grow”, said Judith Mills, 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 is 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 many additional gifts since its establishment and remains open for donations to the capital endowment.
Both recipients were delighted with the good news. As Sam Veitch put it: “I’m honoured to be receiving the Harriet T. Weaver award from the Lake of Bays Heritage Foundation. I’m thankful I’m receiving this bursary because it will help me pursue my degree in Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph this fall. It’s awesome that the Foundation is able to support students each year in this way. Thank you to everyone who is a member.”
And Nolan Parsons was equally enthusiastic. “I am so thankful to be a recipient of the Harriet T. Weaver Bursary. This assistance will be of great benefit to me in my studies in Geography and Geographic Information Systems at Trent University. I look forward to learning new skills and applying them to the world around us. Thank you to the Lake of Bays Heritage Foundation for your generous support.”
Founded in 1985, 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 heritage through education, voluntary stewardship, conservation easements, land donations and land acquisitions. To date, the Foundation has protected approximately 310 acres and over 7 kilometers of shoreline and has recognized more than 50 owners for protecting valuable heritage buildings. The Foundation maintains a close working relationship with the Township of Lake of Bays and the Lake of Bays Association, and is a member of the Ontario Land Trust Alliance.
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