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Shirley is the type of person you just want to wrap your arms around and hug.

A conversation with her is a cheery, delightful event, and her voice echoes a life that has known a lot of love. But Shirley has recently lost her husband Reg, the love of that life, at the early age of 75.

Reg worked for the international division of the Royal Bank and the couple enjoyed exciting postings in Beirut, Amsterdam and Paris.

Upon returning to Canada, Reg and Shirley felt so blessed by the lives they were given that they looked for ways to share their good fortune.

“We have no family,” Shirley reflects, “and we never exchanged gifts, so we’d spend Christmas at The Mission. Our gift was to help others. We always did.”

Reg and Shirley had been kindly volunteering at, and donating to The Ottawa Mission since 1999. When it came time for estate planning, they both remembered The Mission and all it does, as a deeply meaningful way to honour a wonderful life together.

Easter is a time when we reflect upon the temporal nature of life and the passing of the years as days grow brighter and warmer.

There are many ways you can include The Mission in your estate planning to help those served by its many outreach programs and services. Your gift will continue to help change lives for the better.

If you would like more information, please contact Angie Kelly, Director, Major and Planned Giving at 613.234.1155 x 426 or by email at akelly@ottawamission.com.