“We Have Won the Lottery of Life”
“I have been more fortunate than most in life. Growing up in a good home, in a good community and great county. In many respects I feel I have won the lottery of life and feel privileged and honoured to be able to give back to those who have not been as fortunate to have the opportunities that I have had.”
Some of Paul’s charitable endeavours include:
2000 to Present – Plan Canada - Paul has sponsored 4 different children:
- Veronica Banda – Malawi - 2000
- France Mwale – Mawali - 2005
- Muhsini Mussa Bonye – Tanzania - 2006
- Shirly Dayanna Munoz Lopez – Ecuador - 2014 to present
2001 – Mount Kilimanjaro
In 2001, Paul was honored to be part of a 31-member IPC team that climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest free-standing mountain in Africa. The team raised $175,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Canada, which helps to make wishes come true for children with life threatening illnesses.
2012 – Honduras
Paul volunteered to join the with “The Carpenteros”, an Ontario organization dedicated to improving the lives of the citizens of Honduras, one of the most impoverished countries in the world. They replaced dirt floors with sanitary concrete floors; and built exhaust systems that took dangerous toxic fumes outside of huts, to prevent dwellers from inhaling dangerous fumes.
2015 – Haiti
Paul volunteered to go to Haiti as part of the Pinball Clemons Foundation to help build school and more self-sustaining communities in one of the world most impoverished countries.
2018 – Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
In 2018, West End Wealth Planning organized a fundraiser, raising over $8,000 for the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.
Holland Bloorview is Canada’s largest children’s rehabilitation hospital and specializes in helping children suffering from conditions such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and autism.
2019 – Honduras
In 2019, Paul, and a group of IPC Advisor’s returned to Honduras as part of an IPC Cares team. Over 10 days, the team focused on digging and building latrines in the village of Carbonnes, a small community in the mountains.
At IPC, we built IPC Cares to bring together the various efforts we make towards enhancing the communities within which we operate. By adopting causes that are close to our hearts, we keep ourselves committed and accountable.
Perhaps the most significant effort we undertake is the community development project in Honduras with The Carpenteros & Friends.
We also make countless small but significant contributions of our time and resources within our communities through many grassroots charities we believe in, and the ripple effect of their efforts is always rewarding.