The Power of Community
While I was fortunate enough to be raised by an upper middle class family in Montreal, I’ve known the struggle of making ends meet as an adult.
It’s a powerless feeling: to realize you don’t have options, and you don’t know how you’ll survive. I’ve been there – and I’ve also been lucky enough to experience the incredible difference it makes when people come together to support someone in those times of need.
My partner, Grant, and I are retired market farmers. Living on a small island in the Yukon, we sold the produce we grow to cover our daily expenses. It wasn’t a very profitable venture, of course. But it was enough to keep a roof over our heads.
Then one day, everything changed. A fire burned through half our greenhouse, ruining almost all our young crops and small tools. I learned first-hand that disaster strikes suddenly – and can cause a lot of devastation in a short period of time.
All I could think was, “What now?” I never expected what came next: our wonderful community stunned us by pooling their money together so we could afford to replace our greenhouse and buy new tools.
I was so humbled and touched by their generosity! That’s the power of community to help people get back on their feet. It’s the same way I feel about the monthly donations Grant and I now make to CARE Canada… And it’s the reason I’ve chosen to leave them a gift in my will. I know my gift will give young women the helping hand they need when everything else seems hopeless.
It won’t be a large amount – but every little bit makes a difference. I know that other caring people have made the same choice as me, and I’m excited for what we can accomplish together, beyond my own lifetime. I can’t imagine a better legacy to leave behind.