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
Grace Biehn

One starfish at a time

“God’s not done with me yet,” Grace said.

After fighting two types of cancer, Grace is now – thankfully – cancer free. She reflected, “When I had cancer, I thought, ‘Why am I here when younger people often die?’ Then I realized God has a plan for my life.”

Grace was raised in a Christian home, and her father was a pastor. She said, “When you grow up serving Jesus, you just want to continue to serve.”

Although she knows she can’t save the world, Grace still wants to do what she can. She wisely said, “There are many charities, and you can’t spread yourself too thin. It’s the little bit that we do that counts.”

She recalled the well-known story of the starfish* in which a young man points out to an older man that it’s impossible to save the thousands of starfish washed up on shore… so, why bother even trying? The older man responds that although he can’t save them all, he can save some… and that’s what he does.

This story was important to Grace’s late husband, Maynard, and it’s still important to her even after Maynard has been gone. He died four years ago.

That’s how she and Maynard lived their lives… helping one person at a time.

From 1965-1983 Maynard and Grace lived and worked on a 130 acre dairy farm. They also grew crops to feed the cattle. As Grace reflected on her life as a farmer’s wife, she described what it was like when Maynard worked on the farm and they both cared for the hired help… youths who boarded with them.

Some of these young men attended church with them while some chose not to. “They were often troubled…,” Grace recalled. “… But, I have fond memories.”

She laughed and added, “Maynard and I often thought that their parents should be paying us [for raising their teenagers].”

One young man who came to work for them had been in trouble with the law for theft. One day he tried to escape the Probation Officer’s visit by running away. Maynard prevented him from leaving by hugging him in his strong, protective arms… and then holding both of his hands until the young man stopped struggling and crying. The Probation Officer told Maynard that he had done the right thing. It was far better to restrain the boy with a hug than to yell at him or punish him. That same young man later described Maynard as having been a man with large, gentle hands.

Maynard and Grace yearned to have children of their own, but, they never did. Grace said, “He [Maynard] never really got over it that we couldn’t have children. “Later, they watched as their friends and family around them had grandchildren. Maynard and Grace missed out on that too.

But, one of their hired help became, as Grace put it, “…sort of our boy.” He was a lovely Christian young man who came to visit them once in a while even after he no longer worked on their farm. Unfortunately, a few years ago, he died of a heart attack. Grace said she’s confident that if he were still alive today, he would come regularly to visit her even with Maynard gone.

Through the years of not having children or grandchildren of their own, it meant a great deal to Maynard and Grace to support children through organizations like cbm. It felt very satisfying to them to help save and restore eyesight.

They had a nephew who lost his vision as a result of glaucoma. Grace said, “We know what blindness is about. We have a heart for people who have difficulty. cbm seems to be the one [charity] who supplies a lot of help.”

Being true to their faith and the way that they lived, Maynard and Grace will continue to help children for generations to come with a gift in their Will. After Grace’s Will provides for her nephews and nieces, a portion of what’s left in her estate will go to cbm, to help children living with a disability.

Grace said, “I really feel that cbm is doing great work.”

By arranging for this last gift in her Will, Grace is honouring Maynard’s wishes.

But, Lord willing, she still has many years to serve Jesus. Later this morning, Grace will meet with a group for a Bible study and devotions. Then, this afternoon she plans to visit a woman living in her senior’s complex who’s feeling lonely and battling depression.

Yes, God isn’t done with Grace just yet. She still has more starfish to throw back into the water.

*The Starfish Story

A young man is walking along the ocean and sees a beach on which thousands and thousands of starfish have washed ashore. Further along he sees an old man, walking slowly and stooping often, picking up one starfish after another and tossing each one gently into the ocean.

The young man asks, “Why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?”

“Because the sun is up and the tide is going out and if I don’t throw them farther in they will die.”

“But, old man, don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and starfish all along it! You can’t possibly save them all, you can’t even save one-tenth of them. In fact, even if you work all day, your efforts won’t make any difference at all.”

The old man listened calmly and then bent down to pick up another starfish and threw it into the sea. “It made a difference to that one.”

Adapted from the original by Loren Eiseley.