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The Town of Gravenhurst is looking to spread the word on how Terence Haight’s financial legacy can live on in your work.

The Terence Haight Financial Assistance program was established by the Town of Gravenhurst Council to provide financial assistance through the Terence Haight endowment to community groups and organizations that directly serve the residents of Gravenhurst. Each year, up to $20,000 is awarded to a number of different groups.

  • Interested in applying for a Terence Haight grant?
  • Not sure if you are eligible?
  • Don’t understand the requirements?

The Terence Haight Financial Advisory Committee is hosting an Open House to share information about the grants, discuss eligibility criteria and highlight the important elements that need to be included in your application.

When: Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Time: 5:30 – 7:00pm

Where: Council Chambers, Gravenhurst Town Hall, 3-5 Pineridge Gate, Gravenhurst P1P 1Z3

If you need more info, head over to the Town of Gravenhurst website here.

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.