Gibsons Marine Rescue Society Article

Be inspired, help save a life, leave a legacy

Trevor Lavender
Gibson Marine Rescue Society (GMRS)

Gibsons Station 14, Halfmoon Bay Station 12, Pender Harbour Station 61

On a Mission

When I retired in late 2013 and moved to the Sunshine Coast, I was introduced to the all-volunteer team of men and women of Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue, Station 14, Gibsons.

When I realised that it is mostly donor funded, it incentivised me to do something to help and to give back to the community. Too old to start training on the water, I turned to the station’s fundraising charity arm, Gibsons Marine Rescue Society (GMRS), where I am currently President.

I was surprised to learn that all three search and rescue stations on the Sunshine Coast rely mostly on donations to support their operations. From our station in Gibsons to Station 12 at Halfmoon Bay to Station 61 at Pender Harbour, volunteers are on duty 24/7 every day of the year, in fair weather and foul. Between donors and volunteers, the safety of everyone out on the water really is in the hands of the community.

No matter how large or small, your legacy gift will make a difference.

When I joined the Gibsons Marine Rescue Society, I was pleased to learn that donors are making future gifts to support marine rescue on the Sunshine Coast. The three societies that support our rescue stations worked together to set up a fund at the Sunshine Coast Community Foundation, and this fund can accept gifts in wills.

Beyond the satisfaction of knowing you are helping your community, if you make a charitable gift in your will, your estate will receive a tax receipt that may be used to reduce taxes owing. A gift of life insurance is another option. To find out more about how to arrange a legacy gift, contact your legal and financial advisors.

My wife and I have regularly updated our wills as time and circumstances dictate, and leaving a legacy is certainly something on the agenda. There is nothing better than giving to a cause that you care about, whether it’s providing training and lifesaving equipment to rescuers or helping out another cause you believe in.

No matter how large or small, your legacy gift will make a difference. Your legacy is a lifeline for organizations like ours.

Volunteer search & Rescue, Gibsons Marine Rescue Society