Terence Haight Financial Assistance Committee

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The Gravenhurst Terence Haight Financial Assistance Committee is a community Subcommittee of Council. All meetings are open to the public.

The Terence Haight Financial Assistance Program was established by Council to provide limited financial assistance to community groups and organizations within the municipality to assist with activities, special events or with an improvement to the organization's existing assets. This support is in recognition of the value of these Organizations to the well-being of the community.

About Terence Haight

Black and White Photo of Terence Haight

Terence Haight was born on November 5, 1920 in Peterborough, ON.

His father, a newspaper pressman, moved the young family to Bracebridge for the beauty of the area and clean air. Terence, along with his 3 brothers and 1 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 2 hours away to North Bay, ON where he worked in a hardware store. After Audrey died, Terence relocated to New Liskeard, ON.

Mr. Haight was a private, yet very much community-minded person. Although he helped many causes in his community of New Liskeard, ON, he did not seek attention, preferring to donate in a discreet, charitable manner.

What his friends & neighbours did not know was that he had invested in mining stocks and quietly accumulated a small fortune. To everyone's surprise, he donated over $ 1 million dollars to the Town of Gravenhurst.

Why did Terence Haight choose Gravenhurst?

We know he had a great appreciation for 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. She was 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." - 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. Additional to the 1 million dollar gift to the Town, 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.

Sources: Adrian Morrow, The Globe and Mail August. 12, 2011; Jessica Hume, National Post, August 8, 2011; Rotary Club of Gravenhurst; Town of Gravenhurst

Resource: About Terence Haight (PDF)

Mandate & Primary Role

Mandate: to advise, assist and make recommendations to Council on matters related to the distribution of the Terence Haight Financial Endowment Program as established through the Terence Haight Financial Assistance Program Policy.

Primary Role: to review annual submissions for the Terence Haight Financial Endowment Program to community groups and organizations that serve the residents of Gravenhurst and to provide recommendations to Council on identified recipients.


All Boards and Subcommittees of the municipality are governed by the same legislation:

Terms of Reference

Terms of Reference outlines the purpose, structure, operating rules, and define the various roles of membership within a Subcommittee.

The Terms are jointly developed and approved by Council, and can change as the nature of the work of Council evolves.

View the Gravenhurst Accessibility Advisory Committee's Terms of Reference


Committee membership is made up of local community volunteers, affiliate members, a Council representative and Staff Liaison:

  • Laura Meikle (Chair)
  • Randy Jorgensen (Vice Chair)
  • Gordie Merton
  • Steven Klinck, Council Representative
  • Heidi Lorenz, Council Representative
  • Val Sequeira, Director of Corporate Services / Chief Financial Officer (Staff Liaison)

Annual Reports

Schedules, Agendas & Minutes

View this Committee's Annual Schedule of Meetings.

Agendas and Minutes for this Committee's meetings can be viewed within our Council Calendar when posted.

If you wish to speak at a meeting, visit our Information and Special Request Page.

For more information on Schedules, Agendas and Minutes, please contact the Deputy Clerk/Committee Coordinator.

Terence Haight Grant Application & Evaluation Process

 Applications for this year's grants are now being accepted

View Current and Past Recipients on our Awards, Grants and Incentives Page.

Additional Information

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