Committed to the Community Today

Supporting KidsAbility for the Future

Rob Way first became involved with KidsAbility after years of being a volunteer with other organizations in the Kitchener and Waterloo area. When he took his role as a member of the Board of Directors he knew that KidsAbility was a special place. It was more than a charity doing work in the community – KidsAbility was a community.

Since then, Rob and his wife Michele have made the events and activities of KidsAbility an integral part of their family life. Their sons Colin and Corey have also. It has become an extension of their family. That is why Rob and Michele decided to include a gift to KidsAbility in their will.

“We were both brought up in families that felt that giving back to the community was important,” says Rob of their inspiration to give. “KidsAbility does such great work in the place that we call home. When we as a family became involved, it was something that we felt was a natural way to provide a gift for the future.”

Rob continues, “We call it ‘beyond giving.’ Yes, we give in life as many people do, but we want to go beyond our regular donations. We want to do more and go beyond our commitment so that our support lasts beyond our own lives.”

One of the events that was a truly transformational activity for the Way family to be “involved” with was Oh Christmas Free, which takes place in December. This day is a ”drop in” caregiving opportunity that provides parents who are caring for children with special needs support for the day so that they can be free to get ready for the holiday season.

For Rob and Michele, it has become an important day in their own holiday activities. “We all take part and it is not only rewarding but a lot of fun. Our sons have often taken their place in the ‘bouncy castle’ to help kids enjoy themselves. I think they are having more fun than the kids,” says Rob.

Like many that have given this type of gift to KidsAbility, Rob and Michele have not designated their gift to a specific area of programming or service. They feel that the organization will know best where to direct the funds once they are received.

“For us, we are building not only a legacy for KidsAbility but also one for our family – our sons and their families,” says Rob. “We feel that each of us, in our own way, should try and make a difference,” he continues, “and supporting the work of KidsAbility – an organization that does such great work and helps so many – is one way for us to accomplish that goal.

Part of the Exchange Magazine KPMG Feature Section in the May 2018 issue of Exchange Magazine

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