Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation Donor Story

The gift of giving back: Legacy donor lived his life quietly leading by example

Tricia Weel
Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation

Emil and Jeanette Oucharek set an outstanding example as Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation’s first Legacy Giving Program Patrons. Photo submitted by the Oucharek Family

Michelle Oucharek-Deo remembers her parents as true partners in life. They faced all their challenges together with faith and commitment to each other and their community.

“Kindness, integrity and respect,” Michelle says, holding an image of her parents. “Those are the words that come to mind when you think of Emil and Jeanette Oucharek. They were quiet leaders who led by example.”

When the young couple moved their family to Langley in the early 1970s, Emil launched a new career as a financial planner.

Michelle remembers her father’s days were long but that he always made time for family no matter what.

“It was really important to him to have a planned giving program that actually allowed people—no matter what their economic status—to donate money, whether it was $10 or $100,000.”

Michelle Oucharek-Deo

“One of the things Dad focused on was the idea of balance. He believed in a four-pillar system: ‘God first, family second, community and then work.’ He used those as the foundations in his life and instilled those concepts into all of us. I still live by those pillars,” Michelle says.

Putting his professional expertise to work through community volunteerism, Emil helped Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation establish its Legacy Giving Program.

“It was really important to him to have a planned giving program that actually allowed people—no matter what their economic status—to donate money, whether it was $10 or $100,000.”

The Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation Legacy Giving Program was a huge focus for Emil before his death in 2018. He made sure everyone in the family knew that he had earmarked a donation in his Will for the Foundation.

“His financial gift was his way of setting an example; that with advanced planning a donation of any amount can be given to the hospital for the benefit of everyone in the community.”

Emil, who passed away at the age of 77, became Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation’s first legacy donor, leaving a gift in his Will of $100,000 that was realized after Jeanette passed on May 6, 2018.

The caring staff at Langley Memorial Hospital provide a range of primary, secondary and special medical services for the community. Photo: Double Exposure Photography

The Foundation worked with the Oucharek family to ensure Emil’s gift was put to work in the best way to honour his legacy.

“For myself, it’s been difficult and wonderful at the same time. We’re having to remember their deaths, but also, we get to remember their lives. The estate gift honours our parents and it also helps the hospital help other people, and that’s really our goal.

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