In 1991, I had the good fortune to appreciate the transformational impact of philanthropy. With a little hard work and a lot of luck, early in my career as a Financial Planner, I had achieved reasonable degree of success – that is, success as I defined it at that point in my life.
Then, at 31, it slowly dawned on me that I owed a huge debt of gratitude to those I had never known. I realized that if it were not for the wisdom, wealth and hard work of so many Canadians who came before me, that I, and millions of my fellow Canadians, would not be enjoying the quality of life that makes us the envy of so many around the world. That’s when I decided I needed to contribute in some way and make a difference.
From the Blog
- This is where your legacy begins July 20, 2016 My long-time friend, Anne Brayley, recently reminded me that we’ve both been involved with the Toronto Foundation for over 25 years! Back when I was in my late twenties, I clearly remember attending a presentation facilitated by The Right Honourable John Turner (who was then the chair of the Toronto Foundation), and being profoundly affected by ...
- Doing What You Love May 20, 2016 For those of us who have the privilege of working in the non profit world, doing what we love seems to be a matter of course. Unfortunately, based on hundreds of studies such as this recent survey published by the Canadian HR Reporter, the same can not be said in the for profit world. Once again, for this month’s ...