I had a pretty modest upbringing, but I grew up with a solid set of values. Charity became part of my life at a very young age. When you’re living in the country, helping others is essential. I have wonderful memories of collecting money for the Guignolée with my father and weaving blankets for families in need with my mother.

Volunteering your time is usually the first step in your philanthropic journey. That eventually turns into giving money, income permitting. The kinder life is to you, the more you feel like giving back. The causes you support often change along the way.

When I became a mother, my donations started to focus more on children. Helping them grow up healthy and contributing to their academic success seemed to me to be the smartest ways of building a more prosperous society.

Sainte-Justine and Alloprof are two of the causes I feel strongly about. I don’t tend to be particularly vocal about these things, but today I’m sharing our family’s experience with Sainte-Justine, specifically our decision to leave a gift of life insurance to the Foundation, because it’s a positive message, and one we want other people to know about.

A number of serious health concerns in our family taught us to appreciate life and the power of medical research. It also gave us the discipline to plan ahead so that our children would be looked after even when we’re no longer around.

Our children are curious, resourceful and fearless. We know they have a bright future ahead of them.

Sainte-Justine gradually made its way into our will planning. Every family is unique, and planned giving comes in many different forms. These kinds of conversations tend to occur in their own time.

For us, being proactive in our thinking meant we could maximize the value of our donation. Taking out a life insurance policy with Sainte-Justine as the beneficiary was the best solution in our case. Making this decision early on made it possible for us give even more. Not only that but it gave us peace of mind and a sense of contentment. You can’t help but be happy knowing you’re doing your part to build a healthier future for children. It’s even more meaningful to us now, since the arrival of our precious granddaughter, Odélie.

Taking the time to consider the best way to give was a very gratifying exercise for our family. May is Leave a Legacy Month. Which means there’s no time like the present, if you have the financial means and desire to do so, to learn more about planned giving and, perhaps, even give some thought to the role that it can play in your life.

Jacynthe Côté
Corporate Director
Chair of the Board of Directors, CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation

*The remarks expressed in this article reflect the opinion solely of the author and should not be considered as representative of the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation.