Huntsville High School student Jaylene Stewart and Bracebridge and Muskoka Lakes Secondary School student Owen Brasi are the recipients of a $1,000 grant from the Harriet. T Weaver Bursaries for 2022, administered by the Lake of Bays Heritage Foundation.
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 2022 are local high school graduates Jaylene Stewart of Huntsville High School, and Owen Brasi of Bracebridge and Muskoka Lakes Secondary School. They have each received a gift of $1000 towards their studies of Geography at Carleton University, and History and Geography at the University of Ottawa, respectively.
“Given the difficult past 2 years, when it has been tougher than usual for students to earn some money to go towards their post-secondary studies, the Lake of Bays Heritage Foundation takes particular pleasure in awarding the Harriet T. Weaver Bursaries. With the support of Brink Weaver and many other donors, the Foundation 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. Jaylene was very thankful and said “I am honoured to receive the Harriet T. Weaver Bursary from the Lake of Bays Heritage Foundation. I am very grateful for this bursary as it will benefit me financially in achieving my future goals in Physical Geography at Carleton University. Thank you to the Lake of Bays Heritage Foundation for helping me move forward in my post-secondary education!”
As Owen Brasi said “I am incredibly grateful to have received the Harriet T. Weaver Bursary. I will be using this to further advance my studies and apply them to the History and Geography course at the University of Ottawa. I’d like to thank the Lake of Bays Heritage Foundation for this fantastic opportunity, and for supporting me in my studies.”
Founded in 1985, the LBHF is a community-based, non-profit organization protecting the natural and community 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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