Municipal staff were before Huntsville’s General Committee on January 31, asking for approval to create a special reserve for the $162,962.00 bequeathed to Muskoka Heritage Place (MHP) from the estate of the late Katherine Anne Hartley.
“Staff do not know a lot about Katherine Anne Hartley for she requested that no obituary be published. We do know that she was a school teacher and librarian who visited MHP a number of times with her pupils. She was fond of history, the arts and supporting organizations that help kids, and felt it was important to give back to these institutions to continue to help to teach children and to foster life-long learning,” noted the staff report submitted to the committee.
“She seemed like a very quiet person,” outgoing MHP manager Robert Hubick.
Huntsville Deputy Mayor Dan Armour asked if staff had an idea where to direct the funds and whether something could be done to recognize the donor.
Councillors were told that there are several projects on the books for MHP and Hartley could be recognized with a plaque on the project/s the funds are used for. Incoming MHP Manager Jacqueline Surette also noted the reserve should carry the donor’s name.
You can find the full staff report, HERE (pdf).
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