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A Loyal Donor: Colin B. Glassco

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“People ask why I’m so keen–it’s the emotional moments.” These are the words of Colin Glassco, a recent Alberta Order of Excellence honouree, and a man Canuck Place has been lucky enough to get to know from his philanthropic work through the Colin B. Glassco Charitable Foundation.

His generosity is truly inspiring and we sat down with him recently to figure out where he gets his passion to give.

Colin Glassco’s foundation helps many initiatives including a breakfast program in the Northwest Territories, playgrounds in Calgary and medical clinics in Zambia. He always looks to inspire others to give too. That’s how passionate he truly feels about his contributions.

Colin’s philanthropic endeavors have taken him around the world, from watching a child with congenital cataracts see for the first time, to surprising nuns running a clinic in Zambia with an offer to fund the full operations of a new women’s shelter.

Colin’s work supporting children’s charities overseas in the developing world led to his increased interest in making a difference at home as well. One day while waiting in an airport lounge, Colin discovered a charity raising funds to send children facing difficult circumstances to Disneyland. He not only funded the trip, but personally accompanied them. This trip would eventually lead to a heartfelt interest in Canuck Place Children’s Hospice.

As a Canuck Place donor, Colin is drawn to the adventurous side of recreational therapy. He has funded simulated sky-diving trips, downhill skiing trips, rock-climbing and more for children who have a range of mobility restrictions and health challenges.

“If by giving I can inspire someone else to make a gift, this is really what keeps me going with my foundation,” said Colin. By telling his story Colin hopes to continue infecting others with his passion to give and to bring joy to the lives of others.

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