The CFMC grant of $25,000 was made possible by the Mary Janvrin and Natalie Janvrin Wiggins Fund for Birds, Other Animals and Nature within the foundation. The sisters shared a life-long passion for nature, particularly birds, and established the fund to preserve and protect waterways and wildlife habitats for the county’s ecosystem.
Deer Lake was a perfect fit.
However, the grant was something of “a surprise,” said CFMC president and CEO Cynthia Clegg, in that it was made without an application. Normally, that doesn’t happen. But as part of the CFMC’s 25th anniversary, it was a unique move CFMC embraced to celebrate the sisters’ wishes and Pathfinders’ work to keep Deer Lake from private development.
“We try to closely follow the needs and issues in our region,” Clegg said. “We also try to provide assistance from donors’ funds that match donor/intent purpose the need in the community. The Janvrin sisters’ fund aligned with the Deer Lake initiative. It is CMFC’s responsibility to steward the funds judiciously, (and) I know the Janvrin sisters would be pleased with this grant.”