Information for Lawyers

cbm Canada
3844 Stouffville Road,
PO Box 800
Stouffville ON L4A 7Z9
Toll Free: 1.800.567.2264
P. (905) 640.6464
F. (905) 640.4332

Legal name:
Christian Blind Mission International

Charitable Registration Number:
10691 8329 RR0001

cbm Contact:
Grace Soukup, Manager, Planned Giving
T. 905-640-6464 x288
1-800-567-2264 x288

Information for Executors and Estate Trustees

cbm Canada’s Estate Administration Policy

Legal name: Christian Blind Mission International
Operating as: cbm
Canada

The following is information cbm Canada requires from the Executor(s) in order to demonstrate to third-parties, such as its external auditor, that the full wishes of the deceased have been carried out according to their Last Will and Testament.

For a Specific Bequest:

  1. A copy of the Notice of Application for Certificate of Appointment of Estate Trustee with a Will or Letters Probate.
  2. A copy of the pertinent portion of the Will where cbm Canada is listed to receive the specific bequest.

For a Residual Bequest:

  1. A copy of the Notice of Application for Certificate of Appointment of Estate Trustee with a Will or Letters Probate.
  2. A copy of the entire Will.
  3. A copy of the List of Assets and their value at date of death.
  4. A copy of Executor’s interim and final accounting of receipts and disbursements for revenue accounts and capital accounts.

cbm Canada’s Process for Handling Requests by Excecutor(s) to Vary the Will:

  1. cbm Canada will ask for the request to vary the Will to be submitted by the Executor(s) in writing along with a copy of any background documentation that the Executor(s) may have.
  2. cbm Canada will forward the estate file to cbm Canada’s legal counsel who will review the file and advise cbm Canada on next steps.
  3. cbm Canada’s lawyer will communicate either directly to the Executor(s) or to the legal counsel for the estate.

Download PDF files

  1. cbm Canada’s Estate Administration Policy
  2. Responsibilities and Duties of the Estate Trustee

Legacy of Love
Tips for Preparing your Will

In Memory of Albert Tiemstra
May 31, 1929 – February 1, 2016
Sadly, Albert passed away February 1, 2016 at the age of 87. We thank God for the compassion Albert demonstrated during his lifetime and extend our heartfelt condolences to Betty and the family.

Betty and Husband
Betty and her husband Albert, 2009.

A Story of Generosity, from Generation to Generation

If you were to count the many gifts Betty Tiemstra inherited from her mother, the gift of generosity would certainly top the list.

Growing up in Nazi-occupied Holland, Betty saw her mother’s generosity first-hand. Faced with the challenges of war and deprivation, it would’ve made sense for any parent to adopt an attitude of taking care of your own family first. But not to Betty’s mom.

Every week, she made sure her family rationed what little they had so there would always be something left over to give to other families less fortunate than their own.

“One time – I remember like it was yesterday – my mother came to me and gave me a tiny bottle of vinegar salad dressing,” shared Betty. “There was a boy living two streets down from us, and he had a disability – a mental disability – and his mother, she couldn’t get him to eat his salad because they didn’t have any dressing. So she told me to go to his house and give the dressing to his mother so she could feed him. And that’s what I did.

Betty's Mom

“It was just the kind of woman my mother was. We saw her generosity every day through the way she lived. Sometimes we weren’t always too happy about it. I remember when my cousin stayed with us for a couple of weeks. And my mother had a collection of good soap that she would let us use on Sundays. The rest of the week we had to use the cheap soap the soldiers would give us. When my cousin left, my mother gave her a full bar of the good soap, and none of us children were happy she’d done that. But that was who she was.”

Her mother’s influence of generosity certainly left its mark on Betty.

Many years later – after leaving Holland and moving to Canada – Betty married and soon found herself raising a family of her own. She was the proud mother of nine children when tragedy struck in 1976.

Her daughter, Marjorie, was attacked and shot by a gunman while she and her friends were walking home from school. Both her friends survived the attack, but Marjorie did not.

This was a horrific time for Betty and her family, but they relied on the Lord’s strength. And it was her mother’s legacy of helping others that became the means by which Betty helped her own family recover from this devastating blow.

Together, their family made the decision to move beyond their own hurt and see this tragedy as a chance to help someone else, and they became the caregivers of two young people with physical and intellectual disabilities. They brought them into their home and took care of them for three years.

“It was wonderful to have them with us for this time, and we were glad to help them in whatever way we could. We didn’t want to let them go when they did, and they didn’t want to leave us. But my husband and I felt a calling to partner with Wycliffe, and to do that, we knew we would have to move. It was sad to have them go out of our lives, but I know they were moved into the home of a good, Christian family.”

After Betty and her husband, Albert, completed their two years of service with Wycliffe in Papua New Guinea, they returned to Canada.

Once they were home and reconnected with family, Betty’s mother introduced her to a new way of serving people with disabilities. She told Betty about an organization called, “The Christian Blind Mission” or cbm for short. Betty’s mother had already been giving to cbm since 1979, and suggested that it would be a cause Betty and Albert might also wish to embrace.

“My mother and I gave separately to cbm for many years. And after she passed away I continued – so in a way I was taking the baton from her, and I’ve continued to give ever since.”

Today Betty and Albert are still faithful friends of cbm’s work and ministry. They’ve even arranged to each include a gift in their Wills. Their children have also carried on the family legacy of helping those with disabilities. Two of their daughters work as nurses while their other children continue to serve people with disabilities in other ways. Their lives are a beautiful testament to the kindness and generosity that a mother passes down.