ABOUT TERENCE HAIGHT
Terence Haight was born in Peterborough, Ontario, November 5, 1920. His father, a newspaper pressman, moved the young family to Bracebridge for the beauty of the area and clean air. Terence, along with his three brothers and one sister, loved the outdoors, swimming, canoeing, snowshoeing and skiing. They also helped tend their father's vegetable garden, hunted and trapped.
As a young man, Mr. Haight ran a bakery in nearby Bracebridge, and the tourist establishments in Gravenhurst always gave him plenty of business. Eventually marrying a Gravenhurst woman named Audrey McDonald, they moved two hours away to North Bay, where he worked in a hardware store. After Audrey died, Terence relocated to New Liskeard, Ontario.
Mr. Haight was a private, yet very much community-minded person. Although he helped many causes in his community of New Liskeard, he did not seek attention, preferring to donate in a discreet, charitable manner.
What his friends and neighbours did not know was that Terence had invested in mining stocks and quietly amassed a small fortune. To everyone's surprise he bequeathed over $ 1 million dollars to the Town of Gravenhurst.
Why did Terence Haight choose Gravenhurst? We know he had a great appreciation for the Town of Gravenhurst during the time he ran his bakery, but more importantly his wife Audrey McDonald grew up in the Town, at 22 David St. East, the daughter of John McDonald, a lumberman. Terence chose to be laid to rest in Gravenhurst. He was buried beside his wife in Lakeview Cemetery, December 2008.
"Terrence Haight was a leader and a visionary and would rather have seen his lifetime savings used for a long term vision rather than just providing a short term solution," said his former Pastor, Father John Lemire.
In October 2011, a public dedication ceremony took place in Gravenhurst honouring Mr. Haight's memory and contributions to the Town. Besides the million dollar gift for the Town of Gravenhurst, he left portions to a hospital, the Salvation Army and his parish.
After a number of suggestions from Gravenhurst residents as to how the Town should manage the financial gift left by Mr. Haight, Council decided on establishing an annual Grant program in which local organizations could put forth applications. This grant is known today as 'The Terence Haight Financial Assistance Program'.
. Adrian Morrow, The Globe and Mail August. 12, 2011 . Jessica Hume, National Post, August 8, 2011 . Rotary Club of Gravenhurst . Town of Gravenhurst
$1,500 Ryde Community Co-op
$6,900 Severn Bridge Community Hall
$3,200 Free Stuff For daily Needs
|AND THAT the successful applicants be invited to the March 15, 2016 Committee of the Whole meeting for a cheque presentation of the 2016 grants
$1,000.00 Women's Wellness Conference
$1,000.00 Gravenhurst Fine Films
$1,000.00 The Network Gravenhurst
$1,000.00 YWCA Muskoka
$1,000.00 Junior Achievers
$1,500.00 Muskoka Concert Association
$2,500.00 Gravenhurst Supper Club
$5,000.00 Gravenhurst Women's Centre
$6,000.00 Trinity United Church
Photo Gallery: Terence Haight Community Grants 2017 will appear here on the public site.
$5,100.00 Severn Bridge Agricultural Society
$3,000.00 Sawdust City Music Festival
$3,000.00 Junior Achievement
$2,800.00 Empty Bowls Gravenhurst
$2,600.00 Ryde Community Co-operative Inc.
$1,000.00 Gravenhurst Women's Centre
$1,000.00 Muskoka Pride
$1,000.00 Gravenhurst Curling Club
$ 500.00 Big Brothers Big Sisters