Mark Canale and Maura Davenport were recently appointed to serve three-year terms on the Board of Trustees of the Community Foundation of Marquette County. The board serves on a volunteer basis as the legal entity of the Foundation. Both Canale and Davenport previously served on the Board of Trustees and are past board chairs.

Mark Canale was born and raised in Marquette. He is a 1975 graduate of Marquette Senior High School, attended Northern Michigan University and graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science in Mortuary Science. He has been serving on the Embers Credit Union board of directors since 1995 where he was past board chair for over 12 years.  He has been actively involved with numerous other organizations including serving on the State of Michigan Board of Examiners in Mortuary Science, United Way of Marquette County board of directors, Lake Superior Life Care and Hospice board of directors, member and past president of the Marquette West Rotary Club, and a member of the Knights of Columbus.

“I’m very glad to be affiliated once again with the Community Foundation of Marquette County because of the significant impact they bring, bettering the lives of so many individuals and groups throughout all of Marquette County.” Canale said.

Maura Davenport is known throughout Marquette County as a tireless volunteer and advocate. She currently serves on the grants committee for the Community Foundation and is chair of the board of directors of the Superior Watershed Partnership and Land Conservancy. She previously served as a trustee of the Marquette County History Museum, now Marquette Regional History Center.  She volunteers for the Citizen’s Advisory Committee for Presque Isle, St. Vincent DePaul, Room at the Inn and St. Michael Church. Davenport has led efforts with several environmental initiatives in Marquette County, including the “red bucket” program with the Superior Watershed Partnership to help prevent cigarette butts from polluting Lake Superior. Working with Emily Whitaker of the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve, Davenport also helped establish and expand the popular household battery recycling program in Marquette.

“It is an honor to be nominated to serve on the Board of Trustees of the Community Foundation of Marquette County.  I look forward to working with the staff and board members to grow the endowed funds, to assist with grants and scholarships, and mostly, to meet whatever community needs that might arise.” Davenport said.