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Let your passion

define your legacy

Iam passionate believer in the importance

of protecting Canada’s unique

natural landscapes. It’s also a family affair.

My parents, Bud and Molly, were both big

nature lovers who purchased a farm northeast

of Cobourg, Ontario, in 1962. After my

father died in 2002, my mother wanted to

honour his memory. She first consulted the

Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), who

referred her to the Northumberland Land

Trust. Together, they established a 72-hectare

conservation easement on the most

ecologically sensitive parts of the property.

I have fond memories of exploring the

woods with my parents. My father was

a doctor and my mother was a nurse.

With such high-stress professions, my

father considered our farm his personal

sanctuary and retreat. It was through him

that I really came to appreciate nature as

a source of healing. From my childhood

days, I have always been happiest in nature,

whether hiking, swimming, watching

sunrises, photographing wildflowers or

simply listening to the wind in the trees.

It’s a great opportunity to remind myself

of the interconnectedness of all life.

Living as I do in downtown Toronto,

escaping into nature is one thing that keeps

me sane and healthy. I’ve had cancer twice

and I can honestly say that nature has been

instrumental to my recovery. In the context

of COVID-19, it has made my heart happy to

see how many Canadians from coast to coast

have embraced nature — whether “big

nature” like national parks and conservation

areas, or “little nature” like urban parks and

waterfront trails.

there’s no going back. I firmly believe that

when it comes to conserving our rarest

and most remarkable natural spaces, it’s

now or never. Canada has some of the most

extraordinary landscapes and ecosystems

in the world and I hate to see them at risk

of disappearing.

I’ve always been financially disciplined,

and it was important to me that my estate

be left to organizations that contribute

to the greater good. I believe so strongly

in NCC’s work that I wanted to continue

supporting it for as long as possible. The

pandemic has taught us all how quickly

things can change, so it was imperative to

get everything nailed down now. Planning

for death is not morbid. Death itself is

inevitable, but getting my affairs in order

now has put my mind at ease.

With all the stresses and competing priorities

that come with modern life, it’s easy to fall

into the trap of thinking that land conservation

is someone else’s job. But in my opinion,

it should be everyone’s job. We all have

a role to play in conserving Canada’s natural

landscapes. No matter how you look at the

situation — whether from an environmental,

economic, social or health perspective — it’s

in our collective best interests to protect

these rare and precious places.

I think about the legacy that my generation

will leave. My hope is to encourage my

fellow Canadians to take steps to protect

our natural heritage so that Canada still has

landscapes that stir the soul and habitats

that support the full richness of life for many

years to come.

“We all have

a role to play

in conserving

Canada’s natural


The work NCC does is absolutely important.

Once land has been developed, habitat has

been lost and species have been extirpated,

Jane Leckey

Nature Legacy Society Member


Jane Leckey

The Nature Legacy Society (NLS) is a distinct group of Nature

Conservancy of Canada (NCC) supporters. They have invested

in the future of Canada’s natural heritage through a gift in

a Will, a gift of life insurance or a gift of registered retirement

funds. Their extraordinary commitment allows NCC to plan

for future conservation priorities and ensures the continued

care of the natural areas we have protected together.

We hope that this list inspires others to share their vision and

passion for nature with NCC.

The Nature Legacy Society


NCC thanks all Nature Legacy Society members and is pleased to welcome its newest members*:

Mr. Ashley Abbott

Ian Gartshore

Irvin L. Klinghofer

Harry Symons

John & Kathy Anderson

Karin Marlise Fulcher

D. J. Lasko

Mr. John Talbot

Ms. Susan Arnott

Ms. Shirley Anne Harmer &

Jane Leckey

Darlene Varaleau

Ms. Shiho Becker-Pos

Mr. John Scott Fleming

Geoffrey Robert Little

Alan Ward

Dorothy Coates

Sandi Hildebrand

Margaret E. Mitchell

Anne Watson

Lindsay Fehr

Mary Hutchings

Bert Parke

Julie Wood

M. C. Filyk

Cindy L. Jaggard

Robert J. Parsons

Marcella Zanella

Joan Gabert, in memory of

Diane & Jack Jackson

Michael & Heidi Rodway

Dave Strachey,

Naomi Johansen

Fiona Ryner

And 140 new members

Norman Gabert &

Chris Key & Kathy Hayman

Donna & Brent Scorfield

wishing to remain

Lydia Gabert

Kim Kirillo

Linda Slade & Robert Douglas


If you have already planned a gift for NCC in your estate, please consider the importance of informing us of your intentions. This knowledge

not only allows us to better plan our work, but your confirmation also helps NCC engage and encourage other Canadians to do the same.

Rest assured your information is kept strictly confidential. Should you wish, your name will remain anonymous.

*The list above includes NLS members who confirmed their plans for a legacy gift between June 1, 2020, and May 31, 2021.

For a complete list of members of the Nature Legacy Society, please visit natureconservancy.ca/naturelegacy.

3 Easy Steps



1 2 3

Step 1

Obtain advice from a lawyer or estate

planner when preparing or updating

your Will. Discuss with your advisor your

gift intentions to determine what type

of gift works best for you and how to

maximize your estate’s tax benefits.

Step 2

Ensure the use of our correct legal name:

The Nature Conservancy of Canada

245 Eglinton Avenue East, Suite 410

Toronto, ON M4P 3J1

Charitable registration number:

11924 6544 RR0001

Step 3

Contact NCC’s staff to review the terms

of your gift and to ensure your wishes

can be met in the way that you intend. It’s

also helpful to inform us that you finalized

your gift so we can properly thank you and

welcome you to the Nature Legacy Society!

Knowledge of estate gifts allows NCC to

effectively plan our future conservation work.

Adding a codicil to your Will:

If you already have a Will, you don’t need to rewrite it to include a bequest. Ask your legal advisor about the simple process of adding

a codicil to your Will. Rest assured that if your personal or financial situation changes in the future, you can always modify your Will.

Contact Marcella Zanella, senior director, planned giving, at 1-877-231-3552 ext. 2276 or at planned.giving@natureconservancy.ca.

Free Wills... Really?

It’s true. NCC has partnered with the Canadian Free Wills

Network to bring free Wills to all of our valued donors!

Did you know that only 50 per cent of Canadians have a valid and up-to-date Will?

Have you been putting off getting yours written or updated? Is it because you don’t

know a lawyer or think it is too expensive?

For the third year in a row, we are offering you, our valued donors, the opportunity

to have a simple Will written up or updated for free by a local, qualified lawyer.

While there’s no obligation to remember NCC in your Will, please consider the incredible

difference a gift in your Will would make in conserving Canada’s natural heritage.

This time-limited offer begins in January 2022, so register your interest today with

Ryan Armstrong at 1-877-231-3552 ext. 2254 or by email at

ryan.armstrong@natureconservancy.ca. He’s waiting to hear from you!


A gift through a tax-free savings account

can ensure a thriving future for Canada’s

natural landscapes.

Bill and Judy Caulfeild-Browne

“The mountains

were snow

covered, remote

and mysterious,

yet enticing.

That was the

beginning of

my love affair

with this land.”


first sight of Canada was the north shore of the St.

Lawrence River as the Empress of England delivered us, new immigrants,

to Quebec City. The mountains were snow covered, remote and mysterious,

yet enticing. That was the beginning of my love affair with this land.

Thanks to my father, a botanist and biology teacher, I was already a

nature photographer and birdwatcher. My wife, Judy, was fascinated

by flora, so this enormous and relatively unspoiled country provided

us with unlimited potential for the exploration and enjoyment of the

natural world. We had soon camped our way right across Canada —

and are still doing so today!

I became involved with conservation in the early 1990s, wanting

to protect what we Ioved so passionately. A few years later, I joined

the Ontario Board of the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC),

eventually progressing to the National Board and serving in various

capacities over nearly two decades. It was this experience that

convinced me that a science-based, ecologically motivated and

partnership-oriented organization such as NCC must prosper.

The highly competent and dedicated staff make it worthy of my

support. It’s a professionally run organization that I can be sure will

fulfill its mission, now and in the future.

I have chosen to support this mission by naming the NCC as a beneficiary

of my tax-free savings account. This approach has several advantages.

First, it is flexible; changing a beneficiary for all or part of the proceeds

is an easy process. It is outside my Will so it doesn’t have to involve

executors or re-writing the Will when changes are made.

Second, as I make my annual contributions, the fund will grow, making

it much more than inflation-proof. And the longer I live, the greater

the bequest becomes. Finally, my estate will benefit from a tax receipt

after I’ve gone.

Most critically, though, it will enable the Nature Conservancy of

Canada to conserve the land for my children and grandchildren and

later generations.

Bill Caulfeild-Browne

Nature Legacy Society Member and former Chair of the NCC Board


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