« I am convinced that helping others is good for the heart and that giving is a way to achieve happiness. »
Claude Bédard has a big heart. At the age of 20, he opened his own service station and quickly become a successful businessman. In 1960, he met with specialists at the Montreal Heart Institute and decided to adopt healthier lifestyle habits. “I had three priorities: taking a walk every morning, working out at least three times a week, and eating healthy,” he says. In 1967, he co-founded the Institute’s EPIC Centre, now the country’s largest prevention centre.
Despite the challenges he’s faced over the years, Mr. Bédard, now 85, is convinced that helping others is good for the heart and that giving is a way to achieve happiness!
When his notary spoke to him about the tax advantages of planned gifts, he decided it was a way for him to help his community. “It’s essential for me to give back to the Institute because it’s a cardiology centre that’s been so important in my life,” said Mr. Bédard. It brings him joy to see that he’s helping the Institute’s specialists save lives and make discoveries that will change lives.