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
- French Elvis Has Left The Building June 12, 2018 “Death is not the end. There remains the litigation over the estate.” – Ambrose Bierce I understand why approximately 50% of Canadians do not have a Will. After all, there are not too many individuals who choose to reflect happily on their mortality? Having said that, the downside of not having a Will and dying intestate, especially if ...
- The Best Feelings March 13, 2018 For this month’s Philanthropy Matters I once again draw on the visual wisdom of Hugh MacLeod. I recently met with a friend who has all the trappings of success. Health, happy family, successful career, financial independence, etc. and a laser like focus on constant self-improvement – but even then, with all his success, he shared with me ...