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Tanner Family gives back to our youth

GRAVENHURST — The Gravenhurst Rotary Club Education Bursary fund continues to grow in leaps and bounds.

Rotary fund chair Ken Little, left, accepts Tanner family cheque for $9,000 from Gordon Tanner, left, and his parents Doug and Ann.
Rotary fund chair Ken Little, left, accepts Tanner family cheque for $9,000 from Gordon Tanner, left, and his parents Doug and Ann.
And the latest supporters are Doug and Ann Tanner and their family — who are actually second-time donors to the post secondary schooling fund.

With this $9,000 and their previous support and matching anonymous funds, it brings their contribution to $30,000.

Fund chair Ken Little accepted a donation from the family members on hand at the club’s most recent meeting last week.

Here are his remarks:

“We should be pleased that after living or working in such places as Orillia, Elmira, WellesleyTownship, Orangeville, Port Elgin, Waterloo, Walkerton, Manitoulin, Darnock and Toronto this lovely couple has chosen to live in Gravenhurst.

We are very fortunate to have people moving to the community who have adopted it as their own.

Two such people are Doug and Ann Tanner.

Since coming to Gravenhurst they have participated in and serviced the community in a variety of ways. Doug and Ann are very involved as members of TrinityUnitedChurch and participate in many of their charitable activities. They have helped out with volunteer work, in the earlier days of Grace and Speed. They have enjoyed the fellowship of Probus and their lungs have been exercised weekly as members of the Elderberry Choir.

As we all know Doug has been an active member of our Rotary Club and does it all with a smile.

Ann received her degree in 1963, from the University of Toronto’s Macdonald Institute which was the forerunner of GuelphUniversity. After graduation she taught Family Studies in the Catholic school system full time and part time. She took a break to have the 4 children Cathy, Bridget, Gord and Doug and then went back to teaching at ManitoulinSecondary School and later in Walkerton at the SacredHeartHigh School. Ann is quick to say ‘I have always been very grateful for my education and parents and community for encouraging it.’

Doug has also been in education all of his life. Growing up in the BrucePeninsula he was also encouraged to get a good education and Graduated in Economics from the University of Waterloo and then obtained his Masters of Education in curriculum Studies from the University of Western Ontario. Doug worked for most his career in Administration for the school system.

With two teachers for parents the children saw firsthand the advantages of an education.

Doug Jr., who is not here today, has two daughters, Nicole and Hilary. He also received a degree from the University of Western Ontario and went on to obtain his Executive MBA at the University of Toronto. He is now an investment adviser with World Markets at CiBC.

Gord, who is with us today, is married to Robin and they have three sons Sam, Ryan and Ben.

He also received a Business Degree from Sir Wilfred Laurier and has a very successful career as Regional Sales manager for the S.E Johnson a division of Sealed Air, Pledge, Draino, Mr. Muscle and two of Muskoka’s favorites….Raid and Off)

Working in the school system’s of Walkerton or Manitoulin Doug and Ann knew the importance of kids at risk to get encouragement and financial help to get an education.

Their family has chosen to make a contribution to the Rotary Bursary Endowment Fund and those funds were matched and there will a bursary given in the Tanner Family name this year and every year from day on.


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