A Message from the Chairs

Aimée Lindenberger
Co-Chair
Canadian Association of Gift Planners Greater Vancouver Chapter
Jane Westheuser, Executive Director, CAGP Greater Vancouver Area Chapter
Jane Westheuser
Co-Chair
Canadian Association of Gift Planners Greater Vancouver Chapter
Mike Todd,Chair, LEAVE A LEGACY Greater Vancouver
Mike Todd
Chair
Leave a Legacy Committee Greater Vancouver

Is there a bright side to the COVID-19 pandemic?

Is it possible that in this time where much of the busy-ness of day-to-day life has fallen to the wayside, we are having a widespread moment of clarity? For many Canadians, this certainly seems to be the case.

As individuals, families, workplaces, communities and even nations – we have this unique chance to see what is truly important. We see what is “essential”: essential workers, essential services, essential needs.

This is a time of great uncertainty – but it is also a time when many of us can reflect upon the people, places and causes that mean the most to us. In this time of crisis, we are seeing people’s passions reinvigorated and their commitment to those they love renewed. For some, it is making clear where their heart lies.

Even in pre-COVID-19 times, when someone was faced with a health scare, they’d often come out on the other side with new insight into the meaning of life and a strong desire to live each day fully. They seemed to emerge with a recognition that our time here is limited, but our desire to make the world better is not.

This is a time of great uncertainty – but it is also a time when many of us can reflect upon the people, places and causes that mean the most to us.

COVID-19 is a worldwide health scare. We are taking the right steps. We are making personal sacrifices for our communities, for our neighbours and even for those we’ll never meet. We are also making plans for the future. Plans to not take so much for granted. Plans to hold those we love and support closer. And plans to put more focus on what is most meaningful in our lives – our values, our vision of a better world – and not lose sight of these when we get back to our regular routines.

And we can keep this focus on what is most meaningful. Our clarified values and vision can continue with us, in our own lifetimes, and even beyond. We can help our vision and values live on by supporting the causes and organizations that share them. We can ensure that what is most meaningful to us will endure, in good times and bad.

Many of us are realizing that our world is both more connected and more fragile than we knew. So, it is natural to take stock of what we believe is most important and commit to making a difference for the future. Right now, countless Canadians are deciding that they want to have a meaningful impact on what matters most to them, and they are creating one or more gifts to charities in their Will.

If you haven’t already, we invite you to consider your own “essentials.” What is it that you find most meaningful in this world of ours? What do you feel passionate about supporting going forward? How will you commit to making a difference?

We know this, as we’ve seen the demand for lawyers, notaries, do-it-yourself Will kits and Willmaking apps skyrocket across the country. Your friends, family members and neighbours are likely among those who are writing their first Will or updating their existing one. This trend is projected to continue as British Columbians and Canadians like you make sure that what is most important to them is a part of their enduring legacy.

If you haven’t already, we invite you to consider your own “essentials.” What is it that you find most meaningful in this world of ours? What do you feel passionate about supporting going forward? How will you commit to making a difference?

You’ll find in the following pages touching stories from those who’ve chosen to create a gift to charity as part of their legacy. You’ll also find important information that may help you to make your own decision about a legacy gift, from experts who can answer your questions. And, you’ll find worthy causes you may wish to consider for your own future giving.

Join the huge wave of individuals making a commitment to the causes they care about by creating a gift in your Will to charity. You have the power to find the bright side in this pandemic and usher in a time of renewed focus on that which means the most.

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