Like many Ecojustice supporters, Lynda’s appreciation for nature began when she was a child, and she has created a legacy to protect the environment for generations to come.
I learned about giving to charities at an early age. It was part of what our family did. Every December my parents, sister and I would sit around the kitchen table to talk about which charities we would give to. Cheques were written and letters mailed. Mom and Dad explained how the charities connected our family to the well-being of others.
Years later, after my Dad died, Mom asked my sister and me to join her as she updated her will. We talked with the accountant, a trusted advisor, and a lawyer who ensured Mom’s wishes were carefully considered before committing her will to paper. My parents had lead a modest life and Mom was able to leave a generous legacy, including a securities portfolio, to my sister and me, other family members and friends, and the causes she cared about most.
Although it took some time before I wrote my own will, I realized the importance of what my parents had taught me so many years before. I also wanted to be organized and take care of my partner Gail’s future financial needs. So, I sat down with my lawyer and talked about the ways I could recognize my partner, family, friends and the charities that matter to me, including Ecojustice.
For me, making a gift in my will is one way I can create the change I want to see after I’ve passed. My Dad taught me the value of nature and like him, I enjoy spending time in the forest, the mountains and on the ocean. I want to ensure that the environment is respected now and in the future. With this in mind, it wasn’t difficult to create my own legacy.
I hope my story inspires you, like my parents who inspired me, to create a legacy that can help ensure your wishes for the future of our world.
Lynda Griffiths is a monthly donor and a dedicated Ecojustice supporter for over 23 years.
For information on making a gift in your will, please contact Jocelyn at 1-800-926-7744 ext 293 or visit www.ecojustice.ca/legacy.
Last updated: April 6, 2016