Making a lasting impact around the world

By World Vision |

Woman sitting on a couch
Patricia, a donor to World Vision through a gift in her will.

Patricia will tell you she has children in many parts of the world, even though none of them are biologically related to her. Patricia has long been a supporter of World Vision, sponsoring children in Zambia, Rwanda and Zimbabwe. She believes that leaving a gift in your Will for children’s education can create lasting change for a better world. 

Patricia is a strong advocate for the importance of Will planning to support World Vision education programs around the world that give disadvantaged children and their families a brighter future. 

“Anything you invest into a child is going to reap benefits of a thousand-fold,” says Patricia. “A gift in your Will provides new tomorrows for children, families, and communities around the world.” 

Patricia experienced her own share of devastation as a child, so leaving a legacy of positive change in the lives of children has been a driving force in her life.

At the age of 15 Patricia fell into a coma and spent 13 months in the hospital after being diagnosed with tuberculosis meningitis. She was a gifted student, but her illness meant she had to spend six years completing her final two high school grades. Patricia’s father was her greatest cheerleader, and it was through his commitment that she learned that all children need someone to believe in them. That is why she went on to become a special education teacher and a dedicated supporter of World Vision.

Patricia experienced learning difficulties firsthand as a child, and the potential disadvantages of not having the right support system. Today, she strongly believes that choosing to belong to a global family of changemakers can have an impact that will outlive her.

World Vision Canada is a relief, development, and advocacy organization working to create lasting change in the lives of children, families, and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. World Vision Canada is the largest private relief and development agency in Canada, and is part of the World Vision Partnership led by World Vision International.

“I like the way World Vision handles things. I like the way they go into a village. I like the way they set up and get it self-sufficient and then back off,” she says. “I know this will take money, so why not contribute if it will make lives better?”

And she’s right. Why not? We can all be that change.

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