Meet our Life & Legacy Donors
Heartfelt thanks to all our LIFE & LEGACY donors.
If you are interested to learn more about the LIFE & LEGACY program, please call Peta at 403-692-6389 or email her at email@example.com
Born and raised in Calgary, Josh Inhaber is a son, brother, fiancé, accountant, Vice President of the board of directors of Beth Tzedec, up and coming young runner, mensch and he always has a smile on his face that lights up the room.
He is one of the many Life & Legacy donors that have made a commitment for an after-life gift and is also one of JFSC’s youngest Life and Legacy donors.
At the beginning of the pandemic, we called Josh to find out a little more about him and to find out what motivated a young guy like him to become a Life and Legacy (L&L) donor.
Growing up in the community, Josh was aware of both the agency’s existence and the need for support. It was of comfort to him to know that the community has an agency where people seeking help and support can turn to when they need it.
Giving back and making a difference in the community is an important and integral part of what makes Josh the amazing young man he is. He credits his parents, Susan and David, who are also very active in the community for setting the example, so it is not surprising to see Josh as actively involved in the community as he is.
Josh’s decision to become a Life & Legacy donor at such a young age is certainly inspiring. When we asked him about it, he said he is aware of his youth. He also recognizes that he is at the beginning of his career, yet he doesn’t believe that you have to wait 30 years before making a decision to invest in the future.
With legacy donors like Josh making a lifetime gift, the community is well positioned for a strong and sustainable future.
Justin Charbonneau was raised in a Roman Catholic home in a northern Alberta small town. He is more spiritual than religious and believes in karma. Be a good person, do good in the world, support your community and, good things will happen to you.
In the early part of his career, Justin felt drawn to want to give back to the community in which he lives. He recalls that it was a good friend from the Calgary Jewish community who introduced him to JFSC.
Knowing the history of the Jews, and everything the Jewish people have gone through over time, made it an easy choice for Justin and a great cause to support, which is why Justin joined the board of directors.
Justin’s board tenure was very positive. He recalls working with great people who were engaged in transforming the agency to create a sustainable future. While he understands that transformation is hard, he is proud of the changes that took place. Recognizing the demographic shifts and implementing programs like Homecare, seemed like a great way to transform the way we provide service.
What matters most to Justin about the work we do is two-fold; honouring the Holocaust survivors and contributing to an agency that aims to improve society. Justin was motivated to provide a Life & Legacy letter of intent because he knows JFSC does great work for the less fortunate, for the Jewish community, and for immigrants who need a hand up.
We asked Justin what makes him feel good about supporting our cause and his answer was simple, helping the less fortunate. Growing up in a small town, Justin knows what it feels like to come from modest beginnings so it feels good to help people when you can; everyone deserves kindness and good fortune. Plus, there is something about a close-knit society, like that in which we live, that Justin finds enviable.
Justin hopes that his after-lifetime gift will continue to help those who find themselves in crisis due to a recession or hard times and to support a sustainable organization. To others who are thinking about becoming a Life and Legacy donor, Justin believes that it is a pretty selfless thing to do. He adds that aside from the tax benefits associated with a legacy gift, he would encourage people to continue contributing to the agency of their choice as well as leave an after-lifetime gift. He went on to add that when you look back at history, we still have things pretty good, considering everything that is going on, and that means we can still share what we have with others.
As Justin is not Jewish, we asked him what he would say to people who are not Jewish but who are thinking of leaving a legacy gift to JFSC. He said that if you look at JFSC, you’ll see a diverse group of people from the top down ... management and board members are not all Jewish, the staff and volunteers are not all Jewish and the population being served is not all Jewish. Before COVID, Canada’s immigration was one of the highest in the G7 for people looking to live a better life. JFSC, with its resettlement program among others, has the ability to ensure immigrants find their feet and live a meaningful life. Being more inclusive with a diverse population especially immigrants just makes sense. Therefore, it only makes sense that donors come from all faiths and cultures.
Justin is a scholar and a gentleman and we are honoured to have him join a group of forward-thinking individuals who see the importance of ensuring a sustainable future for JFSC and the community. And to the good friend who introduced Justin to JFSC, we want to say a hearty thank you. We certainly lucked out when we got to know this man who believes in karma. And we get to count him as one of our Life & Legacy donors.