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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
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
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
The work NCC does is absolutely important.
Once land has been developed, habitat has
been lost and species have been extirpated,
Nature Legacy Society Member
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
Irvin L. Klinghofer
John & Kathy Anderson
Karin Marlise Fulcher
D. J. Lasko
Mr. John Talbot
Ms. Susan Arnott
Ms. Shirley Anne Harmer &
Ms. Shiho Becker-Pos
Mr. John Scott Fleming
Geoffrey Robert Little
Margaret E. Mitchell
M. C. Filyk
Cindy L. Jaggard
Robert J. Parsons
Joan Gabert, in memory of
Diane & Jack Jackson
Michael & Heidi Rodway
And 140 new members
Norman Gabert &
Chris Key & Kathy Hayman
Donna & Brent Scorfield
wishing to remain
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
FOR LEAVING A GIFT
TO NCC IN YOUR WILL
1 2 3
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.
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
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 email@example.com.
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
firstname.lastname@example.org. He’s waiting to hear from you!
A gift through a tax-free savings account
can ensure a thriving future for Canada’s
Bill and Judy Caulfeild-Browne
That was the
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
Nature Legacy Society Member and former Chair of the NCC Board