In the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, two philanthropic visionaries Henry and Arthur Block embarked upon the development of a unique community. Set in the still largely wild caribou region, their vision was to create an environment that would benefit a person physically, emotionally and spiritually. It would consist of rural living in balance with thousands of acres of untouched land, retaining the freedom of nature in concert with select development.
Their dream became what is now known as the 108 Mile Ranch and Resort; a project designed using supported development it is a concrete example of the values of the Block Family and the focus they place on being good corporate stewards – a quest the family still engages in today.
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Sadly in late 2015, Henry Block, surrounded by his loving family, passed; but the legacy he left has had a far greater impact than he could have dreamed. For the Block family, Henry’s example of charitable contribution toward the creation of a stronger community became woven into the fabric of their lives and the legacy he left has had a greater impact than he could have dreamed.
Leaving an estate gift can lead to substantive change in an area of your choosing. Moreover, involving your family in your philanthropy can ensure they embrace and sustain the purpose and goals of your commitment.
By being a role model Henry earned the commitment of his family toward building stronger communities through their Foundation, personal contributions and significant involvement with a host of local service clubs and social agencies. Their involvement has led to some significant and innovative approaches, each impacting community in numerous and lasting ways:
Volunteer Assisted Discharge Program
Volunteer Assisted Discharge Program that helps seniors get home from local hospitals and assists with reestablishing them in their homes.
The Powder Milk Project
The powder milk project ensures milk is available (which is relatively non-perishable and contains comparable nutrients to fresh milk) to those in need.
The Rotary Save-On-Foods Gift Card Program
This partner program is a community initiative that raises hundreds of thousands of dollars every year for the White Rock/South Surrey Food Bank.
Your family’s passion for keeping your legacy alive can emerge in ways and through means that you might never imagine.
For the Blocks, “Leaving a Legacy” is also “Living a Legacy.” The depth of their contributions is immeasurable as the impact of this legacy continues to develop and emerge with each family member that engages with the vision and values upon which it is founded.
When you plan your legacy, consider not only your finances, but also at your family’s values and commitments. Your family’s passion for keeping your legacy alive can emerge in ways and through means that you might never imagine.
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