New fund to make local dreams come true
By Shane Mahoney
The Haldimand Press
HALDIMAND—Community Living Haldimand may have lost one of its founders, but they’re still doing good work in her name.
Jennie Deagle helped establish the not-for-profit organization over 50 years ago to help children and adults with learning difficulties. Since she passed away last December, members of Community Living Haldimand (CLH) have been eager to honour her memory. They’ve now started the Jennie Deagle Dream Fund, designed to help locals with intellectual disabilities enjoy opportunities they otherwise couldn’t.
“Say for example someone had to go to the Special Olympics and had to fundraise, they could apply and get funding through this initiative,” says current Secretary of the CLH Board, Scott Miller. “Even something as simple as wanting to go to a Leafs game. A lot of the people it will serve are not set financially, so this is a fund that will help them out.”
The new initiative was revealed at a recognition dinner held last week. Proceeds raised by July’s annual “Drive to Shine” golf tournament at the Cayuga Golf Club will be used to finance the Dream Fund, alongside other donations.
“Jennie Deagle was an individual who touched many lives with her visionary leadership,” says Heather Furtney, current Board Director. “Community Living Haldimand hopes that this initiative will be a living, breathing legacy in memory of someone who did so much for individuals with intellectual disabilities in Haldimand County.”
Miller agreed: “She always went out of her way to help people. We just want to continue on with her legacy of helping.”
Applications for the Jennie Deagle Dream Fund will be accepted starting December, with winners determined by April next year. Further information will be available at the Drive to Shine Tournament on July 10 and on the CLH website in September.