CENTRE WELLINGTON – On Monday evening, Council approved the MacDonald Trust Fund Application and MacDonald Trust Fund Guidelines documents, brought forward by staff to begin the process of informing residents of this exciting opportunity to bring ideas and projects they are passionate about to fruition, if approved by Council in 2018.
The MacDonald Trust Guidelines are intended to provide clarity on the process, commitments and expectations by The Township to community individuals and/or Organizations who are pursuing the implementation of enhancements in the former Village of Elora. The projects brought forward are to promote healthy sustainable community amenities, programs and/or services for the benefit of Centre Wellington residents and visitors, with the intent of enhancing the overall wellbeing of the community.
"To be given an opportunity to reach out to our residents for ideas and proposals that are near and dear to their hearts, to make a difference in our community and carry on the legacy of Jack R. MacDonald is truly an honour" said Mayor Kelly Linton. "This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and I know myself and Council are looking forward to hearing from our community to create events and projects that may fill some of the gaps that we currently have and can now fill due to this generous donation".
In 2016, the Township of Centre Wellington received a very generous gift from Jack R. MacDonald in the amount of $3.436 M that must be used for the long term positive impact in the former Village of Elora. Mr. MacDonald's father Frederick MacDonald was born in Elora in 1885 and died in July 1970. Jack R. MacDonald was born May 5, 1915 in Prince Rupert, British Columbia and moved to Seattle, Washington with his family at the age of three. Jack R. MacDonald began making annual donations to the Elora Arena Building Fund in memory of his late father. Jack R. MacDonald continued making annual donations to the former Village of Elora. Mr. MacDonald passed away in September 2013.
In 2016 Council approved $1.805 M to be used towards enhancement of Downtown Elora in the means of reconstructing the Victoria Street Bridge for pedestrians, and the public realm improvements to West Mill Street.
Council has determined to use the remaining $1.509 M towards exciting projects/ideas proposed by the community.
To view the guidelines and obtain an application form for the MacDonald Trust Fund process, please visit www.centrewellington.ca/communications. If you have a question about the process, please email Macdonaldtrust@centrewellington.ca. The application process will close on January 31, 2018 at 2 p.m.
For more information:
Kendra Martin | Communications Coordinator
Township of Centre Wellington | 1 MacDonald Square, Elora, ON N0B 1S0
519.846.9691 x220 centrewellington.ca
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