After living in the Huronia area for 22 years, Barbara Jones isn’t quite sure if she is considered ‘a local’ or not, but for her, her husband, Ian, and their two children, this community is home. It’s a home that Barbara has given generously to since she married Ian and moved onto the Tay Township farm that he grew up on and still actively farms.
Barbara Jones is known throughout the community through her extensive volunteer work with organizations such as the Southern Georgian Bay Chamber of Commerce, where she is currently president, Meals on Wheels, the United Church in Vasey, and of course, the Huronia Community Foundation, where she sits as chair of the Grants Committee.
“I love that there is a place to put money that leaves a legacy long after I am not here to witness the benefits that the community receives,” says Barbara. “The Grants Committee lets me see many of the projects that are right here in Midland, Penetanguishene, Tiny and Tay. People have great ideas but often can’t get them into action without money. That’s where the Foundation can really make a difference.”
Barbara’s philanthropic spirit truly knows no bounds as she continues to look for ways to give back to this community. After her mother-in-law passed away six years ago, and with her own mother presently not well, she and Ian have been thinking about how much these wonderful women mean to them and how much mothers mean to us all. They are in the process of creating a new endowment fund at the Huronia Community Foundation that honours mothers, one that would give people a place to put a donation that would benefit women in Huronia for years to come.