Leaving a Legacy: Jack and Darlene Stone
03 Apr 2018
Twenty years ago, Darlene Stone and her husband Jack decided to support the Nova Scotia Nature Trust because, as Darlene said, “If we don’t look after our world, then we can forget everything else.” The Nature Trust envisions a future in which our native species, wild places and natural legacy are protected and managed in perpetuity.
Although Jack and Darlene weren’t in a position to give a large cash gift, they explored innovative ways to create an impact. Jack bought a life insurance policy naming the Nature Trust as beneficiary and received tax credits for the premiums he paid. When he passed away in 2009, the Nature Trust was able to use his insurance money to purchase an important piece of land that was christened the Jack and Darlene Stone Conservation Lands. This ecologically important land boasts a rich diversity of habitats including critical areas for some of Canada’s endangered species.
Research shows that nature has a positive impact—mentally, spiritually and physically—on people’s lives and Darlene believes that by supporting the Nature Trust she is helping provide Nova Scotians with an important opportunity to connect with nature. The land that the Nature Trust protects is vitally important both for people and for the wildlife that live there.
Darlene set-up her own life insurance policy, with the Nature Trust as the beneficiary, and has also indicated in her will that the Nature Trust will receive the residue of her estate.
Jack and Darlene’s support of the Nature Trust’s work has created a legacy of protected natural areas in Nova Scotia, for generations to come.