Ways to Give:
A Gift in Your Will
- Support the future of hospital care
- Easy to do as you write or update your will
- Significant tax benefits for your estate
- Learn about other ways to leave a legacy
A healthy future begins with a gift in your Will
A hospital is truly the cornerstone of a community. It’s where new life begins. It’s where precious lives are saved. It’s a place we all can count on. Having the very best medical equipment, expertise and compassionate care close to home is a priceless gift that’s only possible with your caring support.
By including the Brightshores Health System Owen Sound Foundation in your Will, you can have a significant impact on the quality and accessibility of healthcare for thousands of people throughout Grey-Bruce.
You can choose to benefit an area of patient care that has special meaning to you. Otherwise, your gift will support the highest priorities at the time, so that the diagnostic and medical equipment that our community most urgently needs can be purchased.
With over 30,000 Emergency Room visits, 11,500 surgical procedures, 14,500 cancer services visits, and more than a million laboratory tests conducted at Owen Sound Regional Hospital every year – you can be sure that your generosity will touch the lives of your entire community for generations to come.
To learn more about Will bequests and other opportunities to leave a legacy of better hospital care, see our legacy giving page.
What motivated Peter and Christine Silvester to Donate?
With Our Will, We Can Make A Significant Impact
“It was the most frightening event I have ever experienced,” recalls Christine Silvester.
Peter, her husband of 35 years, had collapsed on the floor, visibly in distress, unable to breathe and gasping for air.
Peter was rushed by ambulance to the Owen Sound Regional Hospital. “I begged him not to die on me,” Christine says. “Even though Peter was in relatively good health, I really thought this could be the end as I knew he would not survive very long without the ability to breathe.” Peter was diagnosed with an esophageal twist and wouldn’t have survived if a BiPAP machine were not available on the spot. The BiPAP helps force air into the lungs and reverse the twist.
“When we learned that the BiPAP was provided by community support, we were taken aback,” explains Christine. “It made us think more about what we could do to give back.”
With our Will gift, we hope to touch other people’s lives the same way our hospital touched ours. This year, we will celebrate our 41st year together. Knowing our time on earth has made a difference – it just does our hearts good.” – Peter and Christine Silvester, Annan Ontario[/caption]
“This hospital put its arms around us, protected us and looked after us,” says Christine, who was impressed by the staff’s teamwork. “The technologist who did my tests came back to check on me,” recalls Peter. “Nurses would come by even after their shift had ended to see how I was doing. That’s really going above and beyond. That’s real caring.”
“We can’t buy a piece of equipment ourselves but, with our Will, we can make a contribution which, when pooled with others, can make a significant positive impact on the quality of healthcare in our community,” explains Peter.
As far as Christine is concerned, there couldn’t be a better investment. “Since that event six years ago, day surgeries and routine tests have taken us to the Owen Sound Regional Hospital and, each and every time I leave Peter at the hospital, I feel like I am handing him over to people who really care about him. We’re on a first name basis with doctors here. It’s just ‘home’ to us,” she says. “We’ve lived all over Canada, and it’s the hospital that keeps us here in Owen Sound. We want to be close to such an amazing hospital as we age.”
Will Power is a national movement encouraging Canadians to leave a gift to charity in their Wills.
Did you know that by leaving a gift in your Will you can make a large and lasting contribution and still support family, friends and neighbours in the future? Learn how you can turn your Will into a powerful tool for change at www.willpower.ca #willpower #keepthelovegoing