Lunenburg Academy Foundation
Lunenburg Academy, the jewel in Lunenburg’s crown, has served its namesake well for more than 120 years. Likewise, since its inception in 1981, the Lunenburg Academy Foundation has served its school well. Comprised of alumni both of former staff and students, community members, and otherwise interested citizens, the Foundation’s mandate has always been the care, preservation and restoration of the building. That mission is alive and well today, not only for alumni of Lunenburg Academy, but also for the betterment of the town.
Incorporated under the provisions of Chapter 286 of the revised Statutes of Nova Scotia, 1967, the Societies Act, approved on the 6th day of November 1981.
Academy Foundation Charter Board Members dated 21 October 1981:
Robert H. Campbell
Burton S. Schaffelburg
Patrick A. Burke
D. Laurence Mawhinney
Marilyn L. Eisnor
With the dissolution of the school in March of 2012, the Foundation no longer directly supported students and teachers in the school; rather it was tasked with the greater challenge of the building itself- its maintenance and its use . The 13 members of the Board meet on a regular basis to discuss plans and initiate projects for the maintenance and use of the building.
In collaboration with the town council, the Foundation is anxiously looking forward to the school being repurposed and fully utilized by residents, non-profits, businesses and visitors alike. It is also very aware of capital projects which must be done to bring the building into the 21st century. To that end, the Foundation has initiated several projects: a new roof, chimney, insulation, and new gutters. As part of the repurposing of the building to make it tenant ready, the old school has undergone an extensive electricity upgrade and in 2017 the Lunenburg library will soon be moving up to its new home on the ground floor. It is a very exciting time.
Maintenance expenses have included care of the gardens, doors, and fixing the elevator. These projects not only help keep the Academy a beautiful place to visit and photograph, but also accessible to present and future renters.