Although it has been 20 years since he attended McGill, Daniel Holland, BA’94, still has vivid memories of his student days. “McGill was such a vibrant place and it was exciting to meet and interact with people from all over the world. I fell in love with the place!” says the business owner, who remains a loyal volunteer and supporter of his alma mater.
Now living in Halifax with his family, Holland has decided to establish a legacy gift by including McGill in his estate plans. “I am at the stage of my life when it is important to plan ahead for the future and for me it was natural to name McGill as one of the beneficiaries in my will,” he says.
Giving back is second nature for Holland, who credits his parents for instilling in him a passion for helping his community. As a student, he worked as an on-campus guide, helped stage manage an off-campus student theatre project and volunteered with the McGill Alumni Association. “When I arrived at McGill I realized that my life would be much richer if I reached out and got involved,” he says.
One of Holland’s proudest volunteer achievements at McGill was launching the Student Organization for Alumni Relations (SOAR), which connects current, past and future students, by offering mentoring and networking opportunities and special volunteer experiences. Over the years interest in SOAR has, well, soared and there are now dozens of branches at universities across Canada.
Holland has chosen to direct his bequest to the McGill Libraries. “I spent a great deal of time working in the McLennan Library and I know how important these facilities are,” he says. “Although technology has changed how we access information, libraries are as important as ever.”