It was the year 2000. A then four-year-old Sébastien found himself in the Sainte-Justine trauma care unit with a serious cut to his right wrist. The experience left a lasting impression on him, his family and the adult he would grow into. So much so, in fact, that 21 years later, he decided to make arrangements for a planned gift to the Foundation through a life insurance policy. In so doing, he is paving the way for the next generation of committed young people.

The Foundation’s Future Fund is proud to welcome its newest member: 25-year-old Sébastien Hally. A freshly minted Polytechnique Montréal alumnus, he recently landed his first job as a consultant. Not long after he did, he decided to take out a life insurance policy naming the Foundation as a beneficiary.

“Sainte-Justine saved my right hand when I was four years old.”

On July 17, 2000, Sébastien was playing with his sister when he accidentally put his hand through a glass door. The babysitter who was watching them at the time called 9-1-1. He was taken to Sainte-Justine by ambulance and seen in the trauma care unit. A few hours later, he was in the operating room, undergoing a delicate surgical procedure on his wrist.

“Their expertise, prompt response and state-of-the-art care meant that I grew up with a fully functioning hand. After I was discharged, I had a few weeks of rehab, and all five fingers were working properly again by the time I started kindergarten.”

Like the saying goes, the apple never falls far from the tree. Sébastien’s parents give to a number of causes, Sainte-Justine included, and have always encouraged their children to get involved.

“I grew up knowing I wanted to contribute to the future of the institution that has played such a decisive and reassuring role in our lives.”

His financial advisor was the first one to suggest a gift of life insurance as a way of making a substantial donation to the Foundation. Given his young age and good health, his monthly premiums are low, making it an affordable way to leave an amount of considerable value. Sébastien thought the idea was a good one and, even though his whole life is still in front of him, he was comfortable thinking ahead to the kind of legacy he eventually wants to leave behind.

I know this won’t actually materialize until later on down the road, which is why I chose an organization that will be around for the long haul. Sainte-Justine and the Foundation will be there for children for many years to come. They’re essential, a pillar that will endure and evolve over time.

Sébastien Hally

Donor and member of the Foundation's Future Fund
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Sébastien, 4, a few days after his accident

Sébastien is also a monthly donor to the Foundation. His dedication to having a positive impact on society, both today and tomorrow, is contagious. He firmly believes that philanthropy is something everyone can do, not just later-career professionals. He gives back to various causes that are important to him whenever the opportunity arises.

“I grew up in a well-off family, and I’ve had plenty of support over the years. Sainte-Justine was there for me, but so were my parents, my teachers and others. My community has been vital every step of the way. When you realize that you are where you are because of the people who have helped and guided you, it dawns on you that you have a responsibility to do the same for others.”

For some people, philanthropy may seem like an outdated or abstract concept. But the truth is it’s a tradition of giving and sharing that transcends generations. I think more and more young adults should give it serious consideration.

Sébastien Hally

Donor and member of the Foundation's Future Fund

Thank you, Sébastien, for your generosity to Sainte-Justine and for kindly agreeing to share this testimonial. Interested in finding out more about gifts of life insurance and bequests? Ask Nathalie Gagnon at or 514-345-4931, ext. 6749. She’d be happy to answer your questions.

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