How often can you make a wish come true? Jennifer Cawthorne has the certainty of knowing that one of her deepest desires – in fact, her last wish – will be realized.
Jennifer and her husband, David Shtogryn, have committed a percentage of their estate to Scarborough Health Network Foundation, and arranging the legacy gift has given the couple a sense of fulfilment.
“In living your life, do whatever good you can – some things for yourself, some for your family and some for your community,” says Jennifer. “A Will is making sure that your final act will fit the same pattern of living. And that gives you peace of mind.”
Jennifer taught in Scarborough, and David worked in Ajax managing diagnostic imaging and lab services for a local hospital. Both are retired now, “We’re over 21 – way over,” laughs Jennifer.
The couple lives just minutes from SHN’s Birchmount site, and Jennifer has used their services on several occasions, including gall bladder attacks, broken bones in her feet (“I have fine bones that break easily”), and a broken ankle suffered when she was getting off a horse. “The hospital has always been so helpful, well organized and comforting,” says Jennifer.
Any time she’s at an SHN hospital, Jennifer makes a donation as a gesture of thanks. “If I use it, I donate to it,” she says. In their Wills, Jennifer and David have left money to a few other causes, but only one hospital Foundation.
“SHN’s hospitals are the only ones we’ve made a legacy donation to. We consider the Birchmount site our hospital, and just want to show our appreciation for the years of excellent care,” says Jennifer.
Every year, SHN Foundation receives a number of bequests that support our hospitals into the future. Last year these legacies translated into more than $1.3 million in charitable donations.
To plan a tax-advantaged legacy gift, speak to professional advisors. For more information about leaving your legacy gift to Scarborough Health Network, contact Verna Chen, Associate Vice President, Donor Engagement at SHN Foundation at 416-438-2911, extension 6040, or email@example.com.
“In living your life, do whatever good you can – some things for yourself, some for your family and some for your community.” - Jennifer Cawthorne
Many people don’t want to think about things like Wills and bequests, but to Jennifer there is something freeing about it.
“It’s so much kinder for those left behind to make all these arrangements, so nobody has to wonder and guess what you would have wanted,” she says. “Just the fact that the Will is set up in a way to benefit the hospital makes me feel settled. It gives me the opportunity to continue to be part of an important support structure in the community.”
Visit SHNFoundation.ca/ways-to-give/legacy-giving to find out more about leaving a gift in your Will.