Giving In Memory

Devonne Norman, devoted wife to Ken and loving mother to daughters Sasha and Danica, was a woman who was passionate about working hard to achieve her goals. After a career set back during the bust of 1982, Devonne began pursuing her dream of becoming a lawyer.

Devonne enrolled at Grande Prairie Regional College to complete the required courses to attend law school. She was then accepted in the law program at the University of Alberta, and while attending classes she worked part-time while raising her daughter Sasha. “There were bursaries along the way that she was able to get that really helped at that time,” says Ken

In the summer of 2004 Devonne lost her battle with leukemia and by December of that same year the Devonne Norman Legacy Fund was created.

Her fellow lawyers at the firm Kay, McVey Smith & Carlstrom knew that a fund at the Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta in Devonne’s name would be a fitting way to commemorate the life and achievements of one of their members.  Her family is extremely pleased with the fund, how it was been established as a long-term celebration of Devonne’s life.

Says daughter Sasha “This fund represents a really good part of what she was to our family. She had it tough, but she knew what she wanted and she did it even though it was not easy for her. We hope this fund can help someone else do the same thing and achieve their goals.”

The Devonne Norman Legacy Fund, a student award fund, was created to provide support to mature students attending Grande Prairie Regional College in the political science program each year.

Ken notes Devonne was still looking forward to reaching another of her goals prior to losing her battle with leukemia. “She was teaching some courses part-time and wanted to go back to college to get her political science degree plus her masters to be able to be an instructor,” he explains. “It’s fitting that this fund support students of GPRC and her memory will last forever.”

Giving In Memory

The loss of a loved one can be a time of profound sadness. Unfortunately, it is during this emotional time that many arrangements need to be made. At the Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta, we know these decisions can be difficult. We are here to help.

Memorial Funds are a way to honour and celebrate the memory of your loved one, by carrying on their spirit through charitable giving. The legacy you create will also provide friends and family with an opportunity for tribute, while helping our community for generations to come.
How it Works

Donations to a Memorial Fund at the Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta are invested as a permanent endowment. It’s the income generated from the investment that is granted annually in perpetuity to community projects in your loved one’s name.

Charitable giving is a very personal choice. You may designate ongoing support to a favourite charity, or you can make granting decisions on a year-to-year basis. The Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta is here to offer guidance and flexibility, to help you meet your legacy vision.

Setting up a Memorial Fund

A Memorial Fund can be established and ready to take donations in just a day or two. We provide you and/or your funeral director with donation details for distribution to your friends and family. You will be able to track the donations made to your fund and we will send our thanks to all supporters with our charitable tax receipt. To set up a memorial legacy fund to honour someone special in your life, contact our office at +1 780 538 2820.
We offer our condolences, and would be honoured to help you carry out your legacy vision.



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