Vicki Cann's Child Education Fund
Vicki lived for her children, being the most amazing Mom anyone can imagine. She ate, slept and breathed ideas and dreams for her children and executed everyone of them. She was the mom that never complained and found joy in the most frustrating situations, passing this unique trait onto her children. She bounded out the door, dove into the activity at hand and was the last one to call it a day. Each minute and every moment was to be cherished and she did this with her children consistently.
Always passionate about education, Vicki continuously upgraded her degrees, most recently obtaining her Masters in Nursing and securing a job teaching/mentoring other nurses.
It is for this reason that her family asks that in leui of flowers, donations be made to Maggie and Benjamin's Educational Fund so her memory will continue to live through the education of her beautiful children.
Brian, Maggie and Benajamin thank you for your incredible kindess and genoursity during this difficult time.
We are taking each day one at a time with one foot in front of the other. Benj and Mags understand for the most part what has happened but to be honest there has been some tough moments and tougher questions to answer.
The important piece of information I can pass on is that the kids are doing relatively well, they are back in school and activities. We have great teachers and staff at Jack Donahue school that have been helping both kids through this process on a daily basis.
We also have an army of support from family, friends, and the community here in Kanata. Thank you all!
We had two wonderful Celebrations of Vicki's Life in Ottawa and home in Cape Breton. Vicki was laid to rest beside her family farm in the local cemetery right beside her grandmother and grandfather just as she had always wanted..... just a little too soon.
I have posted a few administrative details below for transparency since the fund has overwhelmingly exceeded any expectation. Thank you again to all, you have directly impacted my family. I enjoyed reading all your messages and comments the most. I plan to write everyone back personally.
The full balance of the donations will be transferred to a savings account in both Benjamin and Maggys name. From there each year the maximum contribution will be transferred from this account directly to each of their Registered Education Savings Plan. Structuring the accounts in this manner will maximize a government contribution of a 20% top up each year.
For those who donated directly through check or cash please know every penny has been accounted for and has been deposited into the children's accounts.
The accounts will be administered by our family bank (a big five bank) and all transfers will be reviewed by a third party trust lawyer. 100% of the money raised will be placed into their RESP and no administrative fees will be deducted from donations.
I hope this puts any transparency issues at ease and look forward to paying this experience forward to others in need. If any one has any questions I am happy to address them.
Thank you all!