Sask. man plans to leave legacy at Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital

Leaving a lasting legacy is important to Ken Bates and that’s why he’s leaving a gift in his will to the future young patients of our province.

In 2013, Bates thoughtfully decided to leave his estate to Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation to ensure the best possible care is available for the future health of Saskatchewan children. After first hearing the news that a children’s hospital was being built in Saskatchewan, Bates knew that becoming a planned giving donor was the right fit.

Born and raised in Saskatoon, Bates retired in 2010 after working for Saskatoon Transit for 29 years. Although he never married or had any children of his own, Bates has a very special place in his heart for children. The 64-year-old who now resides in Craik, Sask. said it’s important for him to leave his mark by helping Saskatchewan children have the best chance for a healthy future.

“I want to leave a legacy because while I don’t have any kids of my own, it’s important that I help take care of the future generations who are coming into this world,” Bates said.

Last year Bates toured Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital and said it was incredible to see the facility come to fruition, after believing in the vision prior to the historic groundbreaking in 2014.

“Right from the start, I took a great interest in the idea of a children’s hospital. Years later, it was amazing to see the brand new hospital and the thoughtful design and planning that went into it. I’m glad Saskatchewan now has this facility and I’m honoured to help future children receive the best care possible,” Bates said.

“Ken’s legacy gift will be a tremendous way to leave a lasting mark on the future generations of our province,” said Brynn Boback-Lane, President and CEO of Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation. “With the hospital now a reality, it’s even more crucial that we plan into the future to continue to sustain the facility, equipment and programming that make this centre of care so special. We are very grateful to Ken for his generosity and his incredible foresight as a planned giving donor.”

A planned gift allows you to leave a larger donation to Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation than may be possible during your lifetime. To learn more about how you can make a legacy gift, please contact Laura Gawletz at Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation at 306.931.4887 or email

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