I was thrilled to meet with Bill to understand his interest in donating a portion of his estate to the Foundation.
Bill was born in Prince Rupert and moved with his parents, to Vanderhoof in 1946, living with his maternal grandparents, James and Mary Silver who were early settlers in our community and no matter where Bill has lived, Vanderhoof has always been home.
Since High School Graduation, Bill has led a very interesting life including completing degrees in the Performing Arts and in Botany at UBC, travelling the world including living for a year in Australia, working in a variety of occupations from theatre, teaching and forestry and upon retirement, he settled in Prince George.
He has been an avid gardener and was recently honoured for being a founding member of the David Douglas Botanical Gardens Society at their 30th Anniversary Celebration in September, 2021. Having a garden full of flowers led him to collecting vases and he calls himself the “Wizard of Vase,” with many vintage vases that are not only valuable but beautiful too, which he sells at local antique fairs.
When asked why he decided to include the Vanderhoof Community Foundation in his will, Bill indicated that he wanted to support a Vanderhoof based organization that would keep the proceeds of his donation working in the community, supporting worthwhile causes long after he has passed. He said the people of Vanderhoof have always been good to him and he wanted to pay it forward.
The Vanderhoof Community Foundation is very appreciative of Bill’s support and encourage others in the community to consider leaving a lasting legacy by including a charitable gift to the Foundation in your will.
For more information, please contact Kathie LaForge at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 250-570-9320.