About Us

Community means so many things to so many people, and the world to us.In all we do and all we say, we are all for community.

Community vitality has been our purpose, promise and passion since 2007 when we started connecting donors to local needs and opportunities. Together, we help build strong and resilient places to live, work and play.

Muskoka Community Foundation’s vision is that Muskoka will include and offer opportunities to everyone, and possess the knowledge and ability needed to shape its future. Muskoka will be able to address pressing issues like hunger, unemployment and housing, and our citizens will benefit from the best our community can offer: the arts, recreation, health care, education, safe and inclusive neighbourhoods and a healthy environment.

Vitality requires long-term resources to create lasting solutions and thrives under strong and innovative leadership.

Muskoka Community Foundation will build our community’s vitality by:

  1. Working with donors to build endowment and other funds that ensure ongoing community health
    and well-being.
  2. Granting to the widest possible range of organizations and initiatives throughout Muskoka.
  3. Bringing Muskokans together to stimulate new ideas, build participation and strengthen
    community philanthropy.

Our Objective

To create a smart & caring Muskoka by engaging the community in a forward-thinking, collaborative, and open conversation that respects our diversity, ensures perpetual community health and vitality and is accountable to our stakeholders.

Our Endowment Philosophy

  1. We encourage the creation and support of endowment funds within the charitable sector of
    Muskoka,
  2. We work to increase donations to endowment funds held by all Muskoka charities, and
  3. We avoid active fundraising that competes with other area charities, except fundraising directed to our immediate operating needs, the Muskoka Community Foundation Fund and the Smart & Caring Muskoka Fund.

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS & STAFF

Directors

Daniel Bradbury
Chair | Huntsville ON
Daniel is President and owner of CREATIVE ONE®, an innovative Muskoka-based web design firm known for its creativity and results for clients. The first recipient of the 2003 Muskoka Business Plan Challenge Award, Daniel has continued to pursue entrepreneurship with passion. He has travelled to over 30 countries and has served with the Muskoka Community Foundation since 2012.
Marg French
Past Chair | Bracebridge ON
Marg, who is a graduate of the School of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Waterloo, is a Registered Professional Planner and member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and Ontario Professional Planning Institute (OPPI). She retired from her role as Commissioner of Planning and Economic Development with the District of Muskoka in June 2013 after more than 30 years in municipal government. She currently is a principal of French Planning Services, a planning and facilitation firm with an environmental focus.
Gord Durnan
Vice-Chair & Founding Director | Gravenhurst ON
Gord completed his tenure with the South Muskoka Hospital Foundation in 2005 after 18 years as their Managing Director; shortly thereafter he and a group of dedicated volunteers founded the Muskoka Community Foundation. He continues to share his 40+ years’ charity management experience as a Philanthropy Consultant with Muskoka charities and not-for-profits. Gord is an active volunteer with Gravenhurst’s Rotary Club and recently completed a 4 year term as Director with Community Foundations of Canada, before joining Nipissing University’s Board of Governors in 2013. Gord also serves as a Director of the Cottage Country Family Health Team Board. Gord was Chair of the Muskoka Community Foundation Board from 2007 until 2014.
William Fee
Treasurer | Bracebridge ON
Born and raised in Montreal, Bill attended Queen’s University at Kingston, earning a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1972. After graduation, he settled there and eventually worked for Alcan. In 1982 the company transferred him to Muskoka to work in their Foils plant. After the plant closed, he was a partner in a small engineering firm in Bracebridge for several years. He is an avid sailor and enjoys spending summer days on his boat on Georgian Bay. He has had a long association with Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons and has taught boating safety courses over the last 30 years. He volunteers at Manna, the local food bank. Bill swims for fitness and has been on the executive of MUSAC, the swim club based in Bracebridge.
Jane Hunt
Secretary| Huntsville ON
Jane is a graduate of the University of Ottawa with a Masters degree in Education with a specialty in Counselling.  prior to her retirement in 2012 and her move to Port Sydney, Jane was a Counsellor and Professor/Coordinator at Algonquin College in Ottawa for 26 years and a Counsellor at Georgian College for 3 years.  She volunteers with the YWCA, Huntsville Lakes Probus Club and the Algonquin Theatre.  She became a Muskoka Community Foundation Director in 2016.
Scott Young
Director | Bracebridge ON
Scott is the Executive Director of Muskoka Conservancy, a land trust that creates nature reserves and inspires caring through outdoor experiences. He has many years experience and success in municipal governance, journalism, and in entrepreneurial and small business environments. Scott’s governance experience includes several senior positions within a two-tier municipality, including Deputy District Chair and Planning and Economic Development Chair at The District Municipality of Muskoka, and Public Works Chair at the Town of Bracebridge. As a journalist, Scott has published hundreds of original news stories, features and cover photography for several weekly titles in central Ontario. Born in Toronto and raised in Mississauga, Scott lives in Bracebridge with his family, and has extended family in Bracebridge, Huntsville, southern Ontario and The Turks and Caicos Islands.
Eva Zachary
Director| Bracebridge ON
Eva was born and raised in Toronto and has lived in Muskoka for over 17 years. Eva has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from York University with emphasis on crisis intervention and mediation. She is train-the-trainer certified and has helped organizations with program facilitation and certification programs. Eva is currently the Executive Director at Muskoka Victim Services (MVS) and actively participates as a crisis responder and team leader. Prior to her role as Executive Director, Eva was Program Coordinator at MVS for five years. Eva also serves on the Board of Directors with the Ontario Network of Victim Service Providers (ONVSP) and is an active member in her community, volunteering her time in a variety ways.
Jennifer Tournour
Director| Bracebridge ON
Jennifer was born and raised in Thunder Bay and has lived in Muskoka since 2001. Jennifer received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Law from Carleton University. Currently, Jennifer is the Family Services Coordinator for the Bracebridge Salvation Army where the focus is on helping individuals experiencing poverty through financial assistance for rent arrears, utility payments, developing outreach programs, Christmas initiatives, summer camp, and homelessness support.  Jennifer also serves as a Director with Muskoka Parry Sound Sexual Assault Services along with a variety of other previous volunteer positions in the community.
David Sprague
Director| Bracebridge ON
Originally from Hamilton, David moved to Bracebridge in 2014 after having spent most of his career in Toronto and Calgary. Currently, David is an Associate Consultant with Investors Group Financial Services Inc. and prior to joining Investors Group, he enjoyed a 38 year career with BMO Financial Group, as the Executive in charge of Retail Banking for Southern Alberta. Always active in his community, David is a Director and Past President of the Bracebridge Chamber of Commerce and a member of Resource and Audit Committee of MAHC. He was member of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce for 6 years holding positions of Chair of the Finance Committee and Long Range Planning Committee and Chair of the Board of Directors in 2012. David has been active in poverty and homelessness reduction, children’s education and gender equality.
Past Directors
Jodi Holder
Ev Doherty
Steve Hayhurst
Robert P. Seagram
Chris Gun-Munro
Evelyn Archibald
Harry Oswin
Honourary Directors
Steve & Linda Lowden
Founding Directors
These directors have played an important role in our formative years and deserve our sincere appreciation for their valuable advice and service.
Tom Steadman
Andrew T.C. Griffith
Joan VanDuzer

Staff

Lynn DeCaro
Executive Director
Lynn was born and raised near Parry Sound and has lived in Muskoka for 20 years. She holds a B.Ed from Nipissing University and a M.A. in Social Justice and Equity Studies from Brock University. Lynn taught as a part-time faculty member at Nipissing University’s Muskoka Campus in the Department of Child and Family Studies. She is an active member in her community volunteering her time in a variety ways.