Local Marine Heritage Society Preserves Marine Traditions


Local Marine Heritage Society Preserves Marine Traditions

Photo by Carol Norris

The Southampton Marine Heritage Society and the Community Foundation Grey Bruce announce the creation of the new Marine Heritage Society Chantry Island Endowment Fund.

"The Chantry Island Endowment Fund provides an effective way of building funds over future years for the major expenses that will be part of an ongoing commitment to preserving, enhancing and showcasing the rich marine history & traditions in Bruce County." said Larry LePage, Chairman of Marine Heritage Society, "This is a wonderful way to ensure future generations have access to times past. We are also thrilled to be able to add to the Saugeen Shores Community Fund."

From left to right:

Mike Myatt, Director Community Services, Town of Saugeen Shores

Donna Savoy, Secretary Treasurer, Southampton Marine Heritage Society (MHS)

Roberta Brignell, Donor Relations Co-ordinator, Community Foundation Grey Bruce

John Miller, Chairman Saugeen Shores Community Fund

Sally Hunt, Saugeen Shores Community Fund Management Committee Member

Larry LePage, Chairman, MHS

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The Chantry Island Endowment Fund provides a vehicle to accept funds or bequests from community residents, businesses or public donors who wish their contributions to be dedicated to these goals. All donors will receive tax receipts. As well, capital gains taxes on donations made to a Community Foundation have been waived, which is advantageous to individuals wishing to donate to the Fund.

The Marine Heritage Society, a not-for-profit organization, has been very active over the years. Major projects on Chantry Island include management & maintenance of the site, restoration of the Lighthouse Keepers Quarters on Chantry Island and summertime tours to the Chantry Island Lighthouse Tower where volunteers have worked to create an original air to the buildings and gardens.

As well, the Marine Heritage Society operates the Tour Base & Gift Shop at Southampton Harbour and has assumed maintenance of the Range Lights. The Society restored The Boathouse in Southampton, restored and maintains Pioneer Park and was active on the Southampton Beach Shipwreck Project (HMS General Hunter). Ontario’s first International Lighthouse Conference at the Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre in Southampton was also hosted by the group.

For further information on the Marine Heritage Society Chantry Island Endowment Fund contact Larry LePage 519-797-2403, John Miller, Chair of Saugeen Shores Community Fund (519) 832-2021 or Roberta Brignell at Community Foundation Grey Bruce, 519-371-7203