by Chris Pickup

L-R: Community Living Haldimand Board Member Crystal Silverthorne and Executive Director Susan Wavell gratefully accept a cheque from Charles Carte, outgoing president of the Golden Horseshoe Antique Society, which is now dissolving its charter.

The $65,500 donation is the proceeds of liquidation of GHAS assets, and kickstarts the Jennie Deagle Dream Fund at Community Living Haldimand, offering opportunities to individuals to fulfill lifelong dreams that would otherwise be unattainable.

Jennie Deagle, who passed away in December 2017, was one of the principal founders of Community Living Haldimand and a longtime member of Golden Horseshoe Antique Society. She was well known around Haldimand and received many honours in her lifetime.

Deagle helped establish the group that evolved into the not-for-profit Community Living Haldimand in 1957 at a time when many believed those born with developmental disabilities were virtually unteachable.

The indomitable Deagle set out to change those attitudes and her pioneering spirit and determination provided educational, recreational and down-to-earth practical opportunities for many who might otherwise have languished at home. Many are working today in Haldimand businesses, or at the Jennie Deagle complex in Cayuga.

The cheque was presented at the Cayuga Golf Club, the site of this year’s Community Living Haldimand Drive to Shine Charity Golf Tournament. The tournament is part of the annual campaign to raise funds to promote inclusion, and community access programs for adults with intellectual disabilities.

“This is a remarkable contribution. It allows us to establish this new fund in honour of Jennie. We are very grateful to the Golden Horseshoe Antique Society for making this donation,” said Susan Wavell, Executive Director of Community Living Haldimand.

“We look forward to seeing the benefits of this generous contribution to the Jennie Deagle Dream Fund. We are so proud of this new program, anticipating that it will have lasting, life changing effects for people with intellectual disabilities in Haldimand.”