Legacy Advisory Committee – Jessica Houle

Houle-lgJessica Houle, J.D.is an associate at Sicotte Guilbault LLP and a member of the Business Law Group as well as the Franchise and Distribution Law Group. Jessica is fluently bilingual, and her practice focuses primarily on commercial law (including Franchising), employment law and wills and estate law.

“Health care and research adds remarkable value to society and Forever CHEO ensures that the  invaluable care and research provided by the doctors and staff at CHEO continues into the future. I am very grateful for CHEO staff and the  considerable difference they make in the lives of young patients in our community.”


Many hard-working people want to make a positive difference in their community, but don’t have the time to do it.

It is a mistake to think that charitable gifting is only for people at a certain income level. Anyone can leave a charitable gift from their estate, regardless of the size of the estate. A gift is a gift, no matter how big or small and every bit helps and is appreciated. The good news is that including a gift in your Will is very easy and will benefit many people. A charitable gift to Forever CHEO enhances the quality of life for children and their families in our community and leaves donors with a sense of fulfillment. Leaving a charitable gift also has some interesting tax benefits which are worth considering.

Leaving a legacy gift in your Will is a great way to give back to the community without having to compromise your time.

Another misconception is that you have to volunteer your time in order to give back to your community. Many hard-working people want to make a positive difference in their community, but don’t have time to do it. Leaving a legacy gift in your Will is a great way to give back to the community without having to compromise your time.

In short, you don’t have to be wealthy to make a difference and there is no such thing as an insignificant gift. By including a gift in your Will, whatever its size, you are helping to ensure that CHEO’s important work lives on for generations to come.

 jhoule@sicotte.ca | (613)-837-7408, ext. 260