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The McKoens’ Commitment to a Lasting Legacy

The McKoens’ Commitment to a Lasting Legacy

January 01, 2024

Burnaby residents, Steven and Sandra McKoen, believe that the strength of any community lies in the level of support and care provided to its residents.

Steven, a partner at the law firm of Blake, Cassels and Graydon LLP has been a board member for Burnaby Hospital Foundation for the past 6 years and is the current Board Chair.  “Burnaby Hospital Foundation and our hospital hold a very special place in my heart,” he says.

In addition to Steven’s work on the Foundation’s board, he and Sandra decided they wanted to do even more for their community and their hospital. They wanted to make a difference that would extend into the future and support their community well beyond their lifetime, so they planned a legacy gift in their Will that includes a pledge to leave $100,000 to Burnaby Hospital Foundation.

Planned giving is a commitment you make in your Will to contribute a fixed sum or a percentage of your estate to a charity or charities. Planned giving involves thoughtful decision-making to ensure that your philanthropic goals are met, and that the charitable organization(s) you choose receive support after your lifetime. The process of setting up a planned giving legacy can be as easy as an extra five minutes of your time and an additional paragraph in your Will.

Almost everyone in our community will use Burnaby Hospital at some point in their lifetime and by making a gift to Burnaby Hospital Foundation in your Will – like Steve and Sandra – you will be helping to ensure that those you leave behind will continue to have access to the best healthcare possible.  

“When you retire and your financial obligations to your family are fulfilled, that’s when you look at planned giving. After you’re gone, the rest of your assets are no longer of use to you so what better way than to give back to what is nearest and dearest to your heart, and for me that’s Burnaby Hospital.”
– Steven McKoen

Learn more about leaving a planned gift in your Will