Ecojustice Donor Story

A gift for the next seven generations

Tess Conrad
Planned Giving Officer
Ecojustice

Kirsten first learned of Ecojustice when caught in the middle of the action—she works with Ontario Nature, a client in Ecojustice’s 2017 case against harmful bee-killing pesticides. In the courtroom, she saw passionate lawyers take on what seemed like an army of industry and government. She was inspired and reminded of how she came to be in her current role.

Kirsten (left) visits the Limberlost Wildlife Reserve with her godchildren and sister. To ensure future generations will be able to experience the wonders of nature, Kirsten has made a planned gift to Ecojustice.

As a life-long environmental activist, Kirsten is outraged that decision-makers will side-step their own laws. She says: “We need to support a robust and independent third sector. Charities, community organizations, and non-profits provide vital research, sound the alarm, and rally local action when our government drops the ball on the things we need and love.” This belief sent her to volunteer with several different organizations and later led her to a career in the environmental sector. “You spend the majority of your waking hours at your job, so I wanted mine to be meaningful and have an impact,” says Kirsten.

“I support Ecojustice not just because I’ve seen its effectiveness first-hand, but also to stand up against environmental racism. First Nations and other racialized communities are disproportionally impacted by pollution, and typically have fewer resources to fight it—Ecojustice closes that gap and helps to amplify their voices. We can’t have environmental justice without an equitable society.”

“A gift through your Will is the ultimate expression of your values, so I had to put a lot of thought into what those are. Also, I’m relatively young, so I want to make sure the causes I chose will still have urgent needs decades into the future.”

– Kirsten

When she became a godparent to her niece and nephew, Kirsten started to think about what kind of world she wants to leave behind. When making her first Will, she carefully considered legacy gifts to her family and the causes closest to her that would ensure a bright future for the next generations.

“A gift through your Will is the ultimate expression of your values, so I had to put a lot of thought into what those are. Also, I’m relatively young, so I want to make sure the causes I chose will still have urgent needs decades into the future.”

Through her work in the charitable sector for 15 years, Kirsten discovered the power of legacy gifts. “Most Canadians want to give back, but they don’t realize they can make transformational gifts through their Wills. You don’t have to be wealthy to make a difference.

“I trust that when I’m gone, Ecojustice will use my gift where it’s needed most. I hope that seven generations from now will also get to experience the wonder of nature that sustains us today.”

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