Planned giving

Bette Colton

Bette Cotton — A Gardener from Coast to Coast

Dorothy Elizabeth Cotton, best known as Bette, was born and raised in Dalhousie, New Brunswick. She began her long trek west when she left home to attend what is now known as Concordia University, in Montreal. Bette studied business at Concordia and there she met her future husband, Frederick Rowan Cotton. The couple married in […]

Irene and Dick Mathews

Irene Mathews – Vancouverite Gives Back

Irene May Matthews was born, raised and lived out her life in Vancouver — mostly in one home on Beatrice Street, where she moved with her parents when she was six years old. She graduated from John Oliver High School in 1948 and went to work for the City of Vancouver soon after. It was […]

Afra Rogan – A West End Woman

Afra Marie Lucinda Rogan (née Allison) was born in Vancouver’s West End and lived her life there surrounded by the large Allison family. Born the tenth of eleven children, Afra quickly developed an excellent sense of humour and a bubbly personality. In high school she became friends with Robert (Bob) Kenny, a West End boy. […]

Donald Needes – A Gift for Research

Donald John Needes (Don) was trained and worked as a machinist, a mechanic and an electrician but had an artistic side which he expressed through crafting beautiful jewellery for the love of his life, his wife, Elaine. Elaine predeceased Don and the gift left in Don’s will, for St. Paul’s, was created as a memorial […]

A gift for renewal of St. Paul’s

Dorothy Fobin was “a giver” from her earliest days. Dorothy’s father passed away while she was still a girl of 12. She and her sister, Joan, left high school and went to work in order to help support their mother and younger sisters. Dorothy met Paul Ryan while both worked at Imperial Tobacco in Montreal. […]

A milestone gift

A longtime resident of Vancouver, the late Robert Kenny wanted to give back to the hospital and community that had cared for him and his partner of 54 years, Earl Crocker. His gift in will to “St. Paul’s Foundation of Vancouver” of $1.25-million is the largest estate gift received to date by the Foundation. In […]

Bonnie Mah’s story

Gifts of life insurance are simple and affordable For Bonnie Mah, a gift of life insurance is simple math. “It makes so much sense,” she says. “You pay very little for the annual premium – and if you plan to give over 12 months, it’s almost nothing. You can claim the premiums as tax credits […]

Alice Reid’s story

Fifty years ago, Alice Reid walked through the entrance of St. Paul’s for the first time, never imagining that she would still be doing so half a century later.

Originally from Saskatchewan, Alice moved to Vancouver’s West End early in her career and began working at St. Paul’s. She went on to have a 32-year nursing career at St. Paul’s that included time with the General Surgical Unit, a Surgical Unit treating post-open heart patients, and the Gastro-Intestinal Surgical Unit. Alice’s professional commitment and caring spirit was recognized with an award for Nursing Excellence in Nursing Practice in 1992.

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