Advance Planning for Catholics

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Wills and Estate Planning

The legal and financial world around estate, wills, and legacy can be confusing. This talk will clarify the roles and responsibilities of being an executor. We will discuss how to make sure your family is left with as much as possible while giving to the charities you care about. We will discuss some important features to keep in mind when writing a will as well as what to do after you have already completed your will.

Speaker: Joe Ven der Buhs

Joe started Mountain Strong Financial Inc. in 2020 to extend his ability to help Catholic families throughout the Archdiocese and beyond by providing financial advice in both investment and insurance products. As an independent broker of insurance and investment products, he can provide you with a non-biased option to meet your financial and estate planning goals. Joe believes in the motto “How Can I Help?” He says “Life will always give us challenges, it is up to you if you react, or respond, let’s build a strong plan and have a choice!” Being a 25 year plus veteran of the life insurance and financial services industry, with multiple financial and insurance industry-recognized designations, as well as a long recognition for quality work, Joe brings a passion for helping his clients meet their particular goals.



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Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022 at 7 - 8:30 pm
Online via Zoom

Plan for the future now so your children don’t have to worry later. This free presentation offers a Catholic perspective on advance care planning, estates, wills, legacy, meaningful funerals and memorialization. Our expert presenters will share wisdom and practical advice you need to plan ahead with peace of mind. There will be time at the end for questions and answers.

15 mins.

Advance Care Planning

15 mins.

This talk will offer a professional Catholic perspective on how to write your wishes and values for future health care treatment in the event you become incapable of deciding for yourself. Dr. Bren will share practical tips and experiences on preventative measures and resources about advance care planning. 

Speaker: Robert Breen

Robert Breen, CD, OSJ, MSc, ICD.D. Bob has over 48 years in healthcare leadership including roles as a hospital CEO, a regional Chief Operating Officer, President of western Canada’s largest community clinical laboratory, Chief Project Officer of the BC Children’s and Women’s Redevelopment and CEO of a 275-bed faith-based campus of care for seniors. Bob is now the Executive Director of the Denominational Health Association and the Catholic Health Association of BC where he continues to work with faith-based health care providers. Bob spent 6 years on the Board of the Burnaby Hospital Foundation, including two years as the Chair. He has also been involved in youth sports for both soccer and hockey and currently serves as a board member of the Canadian Association of Long Term Care, SafeCare BC and Little Mountain Housing Society. A native of Saint John, NB, Bob completed his undergraduate studies at S. Mary’s University in Halifax and his MSc in Health Care Planning from UBC.

Planning Meaningful Funerals & Sacred Burial

15 mins.

This talk provides inspiration and practical information about the funeral rite and sacred burial. Making pre-need burial and funeral arrangements today ensures important decisions will not be made in a time of sorrow. Preparation is an act of care for the family.

Speaker: Peter Nobes

Peter Nobes is Director of Catholic Cemeteries and works out of our Archdiocesan cemetery the Gardens of Gethsemani. He is a resourceful person with a passion for the Gospel and what the Church teaches for our journey towards eternal life. Peter speaks monthly on these and other practical topics during a webinar on Estate & Memorial Planning. As part of his faith journey, he recently completed a Master of Arts degree in Theological Studies and wrote a thesis entitled “Life without End.” Peter is on a Pastoral Centre leadership team and is a member of the Holy Trinity Parish Finance Council. He is a father of two adult children and resides in North Vancouver. When not at work you may see Peter motorcycling or keeping fit with swimming and fitness training.

Attendees of this Advance Care Planning webinar are eligible to receive

  • $100 toward their pre-need purchase of burial space at Gardens of Gethsemani, the only full-service Catholic Cemetery of the Archdiocese of Vancouver
  • Free 1-1 consultation with a professional estate planner at a later date.