How Do You Know if You are CRA’s Favourite Target?

CRA's favourite target

No one wants to be in CRA’s cross-hairs.  You may be an unsuspecting victim even if you’ve done nothing wrong.  We’re not talking about people who are guilty of tax evasion or tax avoidance.  Your only criteria may be your marital status.  If you are single, divorced or widowed, then you may be CRA’s favourite and unsuspecting victim.  If you … Read More

5 Reasons Why I Wouldn’t Want to be a Teenager Today

being a teenager today

This isn’t one of those nostalgic posts about “I remember when”, but my kids will probably accuse me of it. Obviously, there have always been challenges in raising teenagers but throw in social media, access to technology and our kids surpassing our knowledge base for certain things, and so our job as parents just got exponentially more difficult. Life was … Read More

9 Powerful Ways That Philanthropy Can Help to Build Your Brand?

philanthropy can help build your brand

Being altruistic usually means putting the needs of others ahead of your own needs.  So discussing how philanthropy can help to build your brand almost comes across as being hypocritical.  But being generous and charitable doesn’t mean that you can’t beat your chest a little, especially when it comes to being good corporate citizens and leaders in your community.  Here … Read More

8 Tragic Things People Don’t Understand About Losing a Child

losing a child

Earlier this month was Suicide Prevention Day. It’s been more than 6 years since we endured the tragic loss of our beautiful daughter Madeline. Since this tragic event devastated our family’s lives, I have felt a multitude of different emotions ranging from anger, gratitude, helplessness and, of course, inconsolable sadness.I read a blog post by Paula Stephens, “What I Wish … Read More

No One Wakes Up and Suddenly Decides to Become Charitable One Day

become charitable

In the past, I would never describe myself as being particularly charitable. It’s not that I wasn’t compassionate or I was completely selfish, but to be honest, I didn’t think that anything I contributed towards charity would make a meaningful difference. I wasn’t able to write a significant cheque. The other reason, there wasn’t a particular cause that I was … Read More

How Does Tremendous Purpose Come From the Darkest Tragedy?

tremendous purpose

Does the hurting ever stop? I don’t know because I’m not even close to being there yet.  A big part of me wants the pain to go away but not at the cost of the memories.  The memories are what I cherish, what I hold onto when I want to feel close to Madeline. This is what I felt 2 … Read More

How Life Insurance Can Help Your Favourite Charity?

leave a legacy

The gifting of life insurance to registered charities has always been a popular method for individuals to fulfil their philanthropic goals, and worth considering when it comes to a charity that is near and dear to your heart. There are basically two options when donating life insurance to a charity: donate a policy while one is alive or make the … Read More