Welcome to our April Member Spotlight! Each month we will highlight and promote one Planned Giving Council member to our online audiences. If you are interested in being featured, please send us an email.
Cesia was born and raised in Barrie. After completing her undergraduate and law degrees, she returned to Barrie to start her legal career. She has worked with Deborah Wall-Armstrong since her call to the bar, and practices in the areas of real estate and wills and estates.
Cesia is very active in the community. Recognizing a void, she founded the Simcoe County Young Professionals Association in the fall of 2007, and was on the board until the end of 2014. She is on the board of the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre Foundation; has assisted in planning several fundraising events for the MacLaren Art Centre; assists with independent legal advice for Habitat for Humanity Huronia; and is on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Barrie and District. She is also the current president of the Barrie Real Estate Lawyers Association.
Q1: What is your profession?
I am a lawyer practicing in the areas of real estate, estate planning and estate administration.
Q2: What made you choose your career path?
I worked as a teller at a major bank for two summers during my undergraduate degree, and really enjoyed helping people with the financial aspects of their lives. When I ended up at law school, because of that banking background, I took several courses on estates law and really loved that area, so I focused on it during my articling year and then sought out a position practicing in that area when I became a lawyer.
Q3: What do you find most rewarding about your job?
I get to sit down with people and help them to plan for the future, giving them peace of mind.
Q4: Tell us about your favourite planned giving moment.
As a lawyer, I love helping clients set up gifts for their charities of choice, but my favourite personal moment was dropping off cheques to two local charities shortly before my wedding because my husband and I decided to make donations rather than give favours. Both were surprised and touched, and both are charities that make such a big difference in the community that it was wonderful to support them in relation to such an important moment in our lives.
Q5: Do you have a favourite charity? If so what is it about them that you love the most?
I have two, and I’m on the boards of both. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Barrie and District helps youth to realize their full potential, and the RVH Foundation helps our hospital, and the only cancer centre in our entire region, support people with illness in Barrie and Simcoe County. They both make our community a better place to live.