New form of Philanthropy
thrilled to be involved with the FMF in its infancy and feel confident that I will watch it grow quickly due to the generous sense of community that already exists in this corner of the world. In its short existence, I have already seen it make a difference.’
Immediately following its own inception, the Foundation created a land trust, the Massawippi Conservation Trust, to protect in perpetuity the natural environment of the valley by acquiring properties, encouraging landowners to conserve their property and assisting those who donate land or conservation servitudes in completing the necessary legal steps. Of all the sections within its territory of action (Lake Massawippi’s watershed), the west side of the lake, with its majestic ridge extending for several kilometres, stands out as a priority. Biologists have already identified old growth forest and a wide variety of rare or threatened species of flora and fauna. It is recognized by the Nature Conservancy of Canada, the Nature Conservancy of Quebec, Appalachian Corridor and others as a vital ecosystem contributing to the health of the lake and the entire valley.
‘This boreal forest is a dominant feature of the surrounding landscape’ says Michael Ogilvie, Chair of the Property Committee. ‘It is a silent and majestic reminder to our collective conscience of the need to conserve some of what remains of the beauty of this magnificent area that we so love for the benefit of those who follow.’
The Trust acquired its first property in December 2011, 5+ acres with lakefront within this ecosystem, from an American woman who purchased the property in 1952 and whose family has been coming to Lake Massawippi since 1903. This generous donor also gave a cash donation which has been endowed for the stewardship of the property in perpetuity. Six other owners of ecologically sensitive land on the west side of Lake Massawippi have shown serious interest in conserving their properties as well with the Trust.
The Massawippi Foundation has already raised several hundred thousand dollars to date – from donations both large and small and will need to raise much more to accomplish its goals. It has begun granting funds to a variety of organizations and initiatives such as new playground equipment at the North Hatley Elementary School, will be helping with new infrastructures at the Ile du Marais in Ste. Catherine de Hatley and has funded all the work of the Massawippi Trust. In the same spirit as the 180 other community foundations in Canada, the Massawippi Foundation is providing leadership to bring people together to build participation and strengthen community philanthropy.
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Thenewly inaugurated Massawippi Foundation, with its important base of support, is likely to have an impact on both the land and the people living in the Lake Massawippi area. “We have a lot of people interested and involved in the Foundation who, even though they don’t live here full time, have a real love for the area,” said Margot Graham Heyerhoff, the president of the Foundation’s Board of Directors. Although the Foundation was established in 2010, its members were not yet ready for the spotlight. “We wanted to have the first piece of land under conservation before announcing ourselves,” explained Mrs. Heyerhoff. As described in the Foundation’s press release that appears in this newspaper, the ecological conservation of a more than 800 acre tract of land on the west side of the lake is a priority. Asked if they would attempt to protect other areas of land, Mrs. Heyerhoff replied: “Yes, absolutely. Because we are an affiliate member of the Appalachian Corridor Association, now we have a territory that covers the whole watershed area of Lake Massawippi. There are many areas of interest worth conserving. But our first priority is the west side of the lake because it is so special. It is an eco-system within itself with very rare and threatened species and hundred year-old trees.”
The large tract of land on the west side of the lake that the Foundation has its eyes on sits mostly in the municipality of Ste-catherine de Hatley. “There is already some development in that area but it is mostly very costly to develop with many steep slopes, creeks and waterfalls. If the forest was cut there would be a lot of erosion. We aren’t pushing for development,” said Serge Caron, the general manager and secretary-treasurer of Ste-catherine de Hatley. “We are in favour of the conservation of that area, but a dynamic conservation instead of passive conservation. We would like there to be walking paths, cross-country ski trails, other ways people can access the site without being intrusive,” added Mr. Caron.
There is also a community component of the Massawippi Foundation and the group has already granted money for two community projects. “We are ready to accept ideas from groups who have a project in mind and we can also take the initiative if we see a need in the community,” said Mrs. Heyerhoff. Massawippi Conservation Trust, you may visit the website at www.fondationmassawippifoundation.org, contact a representative of the Foundation or Trust at info@fondationmassawippifoundation. org or telephone Margot Heyerhoff at 819-842-1592.
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OnMay 8th 12 Pioneer #7 had Grand Master Thomas Barton pay his Official Visitation. About 19 members were in attendance. Noble Grand Hughie Lancaster opened meeting» in form». All Appointive Officers were introduced by Brian Taber Jr. Past Grand Master Ernestine Whipple; Grand Conductor Arnold Mackeage and Assembly Warden Joyce Copping. They were welcomed, and seated. Elective Officers except Assembly President and Grand Master were then introduced by Brian Deputy Grand Master Harold Willey and Grand Warden Ed Copping. They were welcomed then given «the Honors» and seated. Brian then presented DDP# 6, Ernestine Whipple who had the privilege of introducing the President of the Rebekah
The Assembly of Quebec Sherley Provis. Sherley was welcomed, accorded «the Honors» then escorted to the left of the Noble Grand Hugh Lancaster. Brian then presented Arnold Mackeage acting as Grand Marshal who had the privilege of introducing the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Quebec Thomas Barton. Tom was welcomed accorded “the Honors then escorted to the right of Hughie. Under Good of the Order, members who wished to speak expressed their pleasure at being present and that they enjoyed the fine meeting. Then the President Sherley spoke about her project, was pleased to be present, and extended the» Greetings» from the Rebekah Assembly those of her Officers and her own personal greetings thanking the lodge for all courtesies to her and her Officers. She received a Standing Ovation. Then Grand Master Tom extended «the Greetings» from the Grand Lodge of Quebec, those of his Officers and his own personal greetings. He explained his project thanked the lodge for all courtesies to him and his officers. The GM was then escorted to the center of the floor where there was about to be a very special occasion. GM Thomas had the honor and pleasure to present eight members with their up-dated Veteran’s jewels. 6 more are eligible but were not present but will receive them as soon as possible. email@example.com or
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Roger Jones seen here as he is receiving his 25 Veteran pin from Sherley Provis. Congratulation Roger!