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Jim Robson’s gift: Putting it to good use

If you’re a hockey fan, you are probably intimately acquainted with the name Jim Robson and the words “Good evening, hockey fans, and welcome to this National Hockey League game…”

For over 47 years, Jim called the action for more than 2,000 NHL games on radio and TV. He is remembered best in B.C. for broadcasting Vancouver Canucks games on CKNW for decades and making play-by-play calls for those fans near and far who could not be at the games.

Jim will forever leave a legacy as “the voice of hockey.” But he also wants to leave a legacy of compassion and care for children in need. One of the ways he has decided to care for B.C.’s children with life-threatening illnesses is to leave a bequest in his will to Canuck Place Children’s Hospice.

Through his relationship with the Vancouver Canucks and then team owners, the Griffiths family, Jim has supported Canuck Place since the first provincial location was opened in 1995.

“I always thought it was a wonderful place. I was inspired by founders Brenda Eng and the Griffith Family involvement,” said Jim.

Based on this inspiration and his own involvement with the organization over the years, Jim informed Canuck Place that he had included the Hospice in his will.

“It’s a place close to home, where you can see the results of your support,” he said. “I take comfort knowing l will be making a difference in the lives of sick children and their families through my gift long after I am gone.”

Jim encourages those doing their financial planning to think about leaving a bequest to support an organization that holds significance to them. Speak to a professional advisor or contact your preferred charity today to learn more about how you can make a lasting impact now and in the future. They will work together with you to ensure the legacy you choose to leave best suits your needs and wishes.

“If there is anything left in the pot,” said Jim, “why not put it to good use?”

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