Island family creates legacy to care for kids just like theirs

The Enns family of Victoria know first-hand the support provided by Children’s Health Foundation. Spencer and Ruby, the two youngest of Harlan and Jennifer’s three children, have received care at Queen Alexandra Centre for Children’s Health for their shared primary condition, scoliosis, for over 13 years.

The Enns appreciate the integration of services in one place – doctors, orthotists, physiotherapists – developing a network of care for their children.

Attending their appointments, Spencer and Ruby met other kids experiencing the same challenges and received encouragement that they were not alone in their challenges.

It’s this sense of belonging and caring that spurred Harlan and Jennifer to leave a gift to Children’s Health Foundation in their Will.

“It just made a lot of sense to us because our kids certainly have felt very cared for; we have felt well supported and so (leaving a gift in our Will) made a lot of sense,” said Harlan.

Spencer and Ruby are thriving today, though with medical challenges. They have both moved on to higher education and are pursuing their own dreams.

For Harlan and Jennifer, Children’s Health Foundation helped their family have a life as normal as it could possibly be. The Enns have an ethic of philanthropy and often give back to charities, local churches, and other programs. After having children, Harlan and Jennifer knew they wanted to leave a gift in their Will to support not only their children, but children with complex health challenges.

“It feels intrinsically good knowing that your hard-earned dollars will continue to give back to those who need it,” said Harlan.

Asked about his hopes for Island kids and families, Harlan remarked:
“We hope that in the same way that our kids benefitted, other kids can have the treatment and the great care that we’ve had.”

For information about leaving a legacy gift for Island kids, contact Shelley Engelhardt, Director of Development, at or 250-940-4950 x120.