Muskoka To-DAILY

French replaces Durnan as head of Muskoka Community Foundation

BRACEBRIDGE — The former head of Muskoka District’s planning department is the new chair of Muskoka Community Foundation.

Marg French, who retired from the district in June 2013, was elected Thursday, at the Foundation’s 7th Annual General Meeting on June 26, 2014 in Bracebridge. She has been MCFs Vice Chair since 2009.

She is in private consulting service now as head of French Planning Services

“We’re looking forward to an exciting and successful year with a conversation about philanthropy in Muskoka on WasanIsland in mid-September, a full-day governance workshop on Oct. 18, and, of course, granting to Muskoka charities from our Smart & Caring Muskoka Fund during national philanthropy week in November,” says French. “We’ll continue to focus on fostering lasting relationships with donors and charities to build a vibrant and resilient Muskoka.”

Prior to going bacassuming her role at French Planning Services, the registered professional planner was commissioner of planning and economic development with the district. She retired after 30 years in regional government.

Founding Director Gord Durnan, who has chaired MCF since it was established in 2007, will remain on the Board as Vice Chair. Durnan, who is the retired managing director of the South Muskoka Hospital Foundation, will focus on fund development to increase MCFs commitment to developing endowments and granting with impact to Muskoka’s over 90 registered charities.

He is also on the board of NipissingCollege.

“We’ve come a long way from those early conversations about building a legacy in Muskoka to now,” said Durnan. “I’m so proud of what we’ve accomplished, and excited about continuing to make our vision of a smart and caring Muskoka a reality through thoughtful granting, and building relationships with our charities to contribute time, leadership and the financial support that will help them address the key issues facing Muskoka.”

Other officers of the board elected at the AGM were Daniel Bradbury, treasurer; and Jodi Holder, secretary; Evelyn Archibald, and Chris Gun-Munro were also elected as directors.

The foundation also announced the 2014 scholarships from the Stan Darling Environmental Education Fund will be increased from last year’s $1,400 to $1,700 per student. Scholarships are awarded to a student from each of the six Muskoka and Parry Sound high schools annually. Since the first grants were disbursed from the Darling Fund in 2009, the Foundation has disbursed $31,400 to 30 students to help them pursue their post-secondary studies.

Muskoka Community Foundation is a registered charity founded in 2007 by a group of dedicated volunteers to create permanent endowment funds that will benefit Muskoka’s charities and their important work, now and for generations to come.

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