What will your legacy look like?

What will your legacy look like?


May is officially Leave a Legacy month in Canada. LEAVE A LEGACY™ is a public awareness initiative that aims to bring together professionals and planners to help people become knowledgeable about the many benefits of leaving a gift to a charity through their estate planning process.

When choosing to leave a gift in your will, you are providing critical financial support to benefit future generations. Planned giving provides concrete and lasting results. When United Way Niagara receives an estate gift, it is invested into the Forever Fund (our endowment fund). The principal stays in the Forever Fund, so that investment income can be invested in perpetuity. The investment income is taken out of the fund on an annual basis and invested into community programs. It allows United Way to benefit from the long-term funding that is needed in order to administer the programs and services necessary to maintain and improve the quality of life within our communities. Your planned gift can play a key role in the future of United Way Niagara and the future of our residents, as we work to transform the community into one that meets everyone’s needs.

A planned gift can help people like Kim. Here is Kim’s success story.

Kim, an adult with a developmental disability, knew she wanted to work.  Her motivation and drive to work was excellent. Kim often took pride in “getting the job done.” The pre-employment team at Mainstream met with Kim’s support system (her brother and two support staff) to discuss “next steps” for Kim. Kim attended the meetings and identified that she wanted a job where she could have coffee breaks and feel like a part of a team.

During conversations with Kim’s support, it was discussed that Kim would best fit in an office environment. The team then met with the Law Firm of Lancaster Brooks & Welch LLP and effective March 2018; Kim was hired as a support assistant. Kim’s duties include cleaning of: meeting rooms, some offices, supply rooms, reception area, lunch room, photocopiers, computer screens and other duties as appropriate.

Since Kim began working at Lancaster Brooks & Welch LLP she’s been treated as a member of their team. Kim is always greeted with a warm welcome when she arrives at work. She enjoys her coffee break with her co-workers and Kim has also been included in Firm Events. When complimented on her good work Kim says, “I am proud of myself. I do good work and I am the best cleaner!” A lawyer at Lancaster Brooks & Welch LLP commented on Kim’s impact in the office stating “Kim brings a wonderful spirit to Lancaster Brooks & Welch LLP and her work and presence is very much appreciated.”

“As a caring and committed community leader for over 136 years, Lancaster Brooks & Welch LLP feels that is important to work hand-in-hand with organizations like Mainstream and with the programs that they provide in the community. Seeing the ability in people and helping them develop is the Firm culture. We feel strongly that as an employee of the Firm, Kim be paid at market rate and included in Firm activities. We see her blossoming, happy and confident in the skills she brings to work. We are proud to include her at the Firm.”

The confidence that Kim has now that she is working at Lancaster Brooks & Welch LLP is beyond measurable and is transferrable into her everyday life. Kim’s employment journey and her success at Lancaster Brooks & Welch LLP is an example of what inclusive employment looks like.

Kim’s story is just ONE example of thousands who benefit from community programs. What will your legacy look like?

If you would like more information on planned giving, contact Kaylin Bailey by email or call 905.688.5050 x 2113