Cornerstone Legacy Society

Charter Members of the PEC Cornerstone Legacy Society pose for a photo in Amelia’s Garden at the Waring House on June 12, 2014

The Cornerstone Legacy Society is a special program to recognize those who intend to leave a gift to the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation in their will or estate plan.

By leaving a bequest to the PECMH Foundation in your will, you gain the satisfaction of knowing that the Hospital’s outstanding tradition of excellence and care will be there for your loved ones, family, and friends when you are no longer there for them.

For more information on estate planning that will benefit you and your family, please call the PECMH Foundation office at 613-476-1008 ext. 4503.

Collyer-EstateMany local residents rely on our community hospital. The late Fred and Irene Collyer were no exception. Appreciative of the care they received from the doctors, nurses and support staff at PECMH, the Collyer’s made provisions for a generous bequest to the Foundation in their Will.

Many people who have had their lives touched by the medical staff at PECM Hospital decide to leave donations to the Foundation as part of their estate planning or as in memoriam gifts at their funeral. Legacy giving is a thoughtful way to support the hospital. Many of our supporters have arranged for a future gift to the PECMH Foundation by providing us with a bequest in their will, stocks and bonds or through a life insurance policy. These are ways to ensure significant gifts are bequeathed to PECMH without impacting your immediate cash flow or assets.

A charitable bequest is a way to support the hospital while helping you achieve significant financial benefits and tax savings for your estate, allowing you to make a significant donation upon your death that you may not have been able to make during your lifetime. Your estate will receive a tax receipt, which is applied to the final income tax return. A charitable bequest is a meaningful way to reduce your taxes and increase inheritances to your loved ones.

Fred and Irene valued the importance of our local health care system and their legacy gift will help keep our Hospital vibrant and viable for future generations.

Planned gifts from individuals like Fred and Irene, enables the Foundation to fulfill its mission of raising money to advance health care for the people of Prince Edward County. A charitable gift in the will, whether large or small is a wonderful way for all of us to provide continuing support for the causes that are important to us. The hospital is a vital part of our community and the Foundation is worthy of consideration in your estate planning process. Naming the Foundation in your will is a direct way for you to help others in the community by providing for priority medical equipment and offers an opportunity for you to be remembered on our donor wall for making a contribution to local health care.

Leaving a legacy gift requires thorough planning, involving family members and financial professionals. We recommend you speak to a lawyer to ensure your wishes are set out clearly.

Legacy gifts are truly gifts of a lifetime. The people of Prince Edward County owe a debt of gratitude to Fred and Irene Collyer for their forethought and generosity in supporting priority equipment needs here at Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital.

PHOTO CUTLINE: MPP Todd Smith with Lynn Leavitt of the Cattlemen’s Association; Irene Collyer, of Wellington, Fran Donaldson, of the Auxiliary; Peter Mertens and Dr. Elizabeth Christie after the unveiling of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Centre at the Picton Clinic. Irene made a substantial gift to the Centre in memory of her late husband, Fred.
Photo: Sue Capon for countylive.ca

Dawson-McWilliamMany local residents rely on our community hospital. Dawson McWilliam was no exception. A native of Prince Edward County, he came to rely on PECMH for treatment in his later years before his passing in 2012 at the age of 85. Appreciative of the care he received from the doctors, nurses and support staff at PECMH, Dawson made provisions for a generous bequest to the Foundation in his Will.

Born in Picton, Dawson attended school on Mary Street. Described as a ‘reluctant’ student, it was suggested that he volunteer to join the Canadian Army as a soldier apprentice (aka boy soldier) at 16. He was accepted and happily departed for a new life in the military. Having an aptitude for things mechanical, he graduated as a Vehicle Technician. During the 1950’s, Dawson re-mustered from the Canadian Army to the Royal Canadian Air Force, where he served an additional 25 years throughout Canada, the United States and Germany.

After over 30 years of service, Dawson retired with the rank of Warrant Officer and returned to Picton to care for his mother and work as a civilian at CFB Trenton.

An avid flyer, Dawson was an active member of the Prince Edward Flying Club. He flew regularly, assisted in the building of a personal aircraft, attended Sunday morning ‘fly ins’ and the summer air shows in Trenton.

Those who knew Dawson describe him as quiet, decisive, of good humour, consistently skilled and efficient and at all times, dedicated and loyal to his Canada. A decorated serviceman, he was never involved in armed combat, but provided the essential maintenance and support to those who were airborne and on the frontline.

“In later life he had several experiences with illness, which required care at PECMH. His quiet and accepting disposition saw him as both reluctant to complain or voice praise. However, the PECMH and its doctors and support staff were always at the forefront of his appreciative comments,” explained close friend and neighbour, Phil Robins.

Dawson’s legacy gift has been directed toward the Foundation’s current $237,000.00 campaign to update urgently needed telemetry equipment. This equipment is used for cardiac monitoring on our hospital’s inpatient unit. His gift will benefit cardiac patients for many years to come.

Legacy gifts are truly gifts of a lifetime. The people of Prince Edward County owe a debt of gratitude to Dawson McWilliam for his forethought and generosity in supporting priority equipment needs here at Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital.

Marion-Smith-2Giving can encompass many things. For Marion Smith, sharing what you have is the right thing to do, whether it’s giving of your time, your money or both.

Like many local residents who count on our community hospital for health care, Smith is no exception. Her husband Vic spent his final days at Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital and when he died, she wanted to give back to the hospital that cared for her ailing husband. Today, she is an avid supporter of the PECMH Foundation and health care in the County with her financial contributions toward the purchase of medical equipment.

Smith recognizes the importance of supporting our hospital and the reason is simple; to keep the hospital a strong, viable and vibrant institution.

“I don’t want to have to go to any other Hospital in an emergency, and I don’t think others do either,? she said. “We have to give to support the hospital so it stays here. If every household in the County were to give $20.00, we’d be laughing.?

Smith realizes the Foundation relies solely on donations from the community to fund medical equipment. She also advocates on behalf of our local hospital to encourage charitable giving from everyone no matter their background. She thinks of all who use the hospital and never pay a cent for the service they receive and knows what’s here today may not be tomorrow if people continue to take our hospital for granted. She believes the onus to support medical equipment needs shouldn’t be placed on a specific person, but on the entire community.

“People are taking, but are not willing to give. If we want a hospital and we want to be able to serve our community, we all have to help, no matter the amount. It’s the idea of helping,? she said.

The decision to give is a highly personal one. One that Smith takes seriously. As well as supporting our hospital, she gives of her time, volunteering with the Hospital Auxiliary since 1981.

Smith said her philanthropic ways make life worth living. She asks what the point is in hoarding when she can see firsthand how her money is being used to purchase medical equipment that saves lives now. She also points out the benefits of being a donor, stating she receives tax breaks when she donates money, but the tax relief is only part of the reason she continues to give.

“It’s a warm, fuzzy feeling to give. My money benefits the people of Prince Edward County,? she said.

It is not surprising that Smith has already moved forward with a planned gift for the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation as part of her estate plans. It’s one way she’s helping to assure the hospital is here for future generations.

Planned gifts truly are gifts of a lifetime. A charitable gift in the will, whether large or small is a wonderful way for all of us to provide continuing support for the causes that are important to us. Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital is a vital part of our community and the Foundation is worthy of consideration in your estate planning process.

Naming the Foundation as a beneficiary in your will is a direct way for you to help others in the community by providing for priority medical equipment and offers an opportunity for you to be remembered for making a contribution to the life of your community.