The passion and dedication the late John Mavity showed for the game of hockey will live on in Stratford for years to come, thanks to a new legacy fund established in his honour by friends and family.
A lieutenant with the Stratford Fire Department, Mavity died earlier this year at age 57 after a long battle with cancer. He was also an accomplished hockey player and active supporter of the Stratford Cullitons hockey club, serving as a director.
The John Mavity Hockey Legacy Fund – an endowed fund within the Stratford Perth Community Foundation – will provide hockey registration bursaries up to $250 per child for families for which registration fees are a financial barrier to their child playing the game. Registration bursaries will be available to children registering with the Stratford Minor Hockey Association, Stratford Rotary Hockey League and the Stratford Minor Girls Hockey Association.
“John Mavity was an ordinary guy with an extraordinary ability to have a lasting impression on everyone he met," says Mavity's wife, Laurie Brown. "Hockey was his passion and he would be so happy knowing that kids will benefit from this legacy established in his name. It is our hope John’s legacy fund will allow kids who may not have the opportunity otherwise, to experience the joy he did.”
Mike Hansford, friend and organizer of the first annual John Mavity Golf Classic, which was held this past summer, raising over $10,000 for the fund, adds Mavity believed hockey could have a great influence on a child’s character. As a result, the fund was an obvious choice for how to pay tribute to him.
The Legacy fund has also been made possible by donations made to Minor Hockey following Mavity's funeral.
The hockey bursary program will be facilitated by the Salvation Army Stratford. Families wishing to apply should contact the Salvation Army for an application and further details.