Planned Giving

Why I Give to York

Peggy Lau (BA ’08)
Peggy Lau (BA ’08)

Peggy Lau (BA ’08)

Although it’s only been a few years since Peggy Lau (BA ’08) graduated from York University, she’s already planning on giving back to her alma mater in a huge way. Peggy has set up her will to include a gift to York, making her the youngest planned-giving donor ever in the University’s history.

“York has given me so much in terms of education and experience and I thought that this would be a great way for me to give something back,” says Peggy of her planned gift. “It’s important for people to realize that you don’t have to be a big name philanthropist to make a bequest like this. It’s always good to plan ahead so you can rest assured that your money and assets will go where you want them to go – to the people and organizations that you want to support. For me, that was York.”

Peggy’s recollection of her time at York University makes it easy to understand why a young grad would want to give back. As a HongKonger immigrant who came to Canada at only seven years old, Peggy was the first in her family to attend university. As a result, she became enamoured with what the postsecondary world had to offer her. She began her studies at York’s Glendon campus not necessarily knowing exactly which academic path she wanted to pursue. And though she ended up transferring to the Keele campus during her second year of study, her memories of time spent at both campuses stuck with her and drove her decision to support the University earlier rather than later.

“The [Glendon] campus is so unbelievably beautiful. I had a great time living in the Hilliard residence during my first year and, since my floor was an all-girl’s floor, many students even referred to it as “the Nunnery,” joked Peggy of her early experiences at Glendon. “What really impressed me though was Scott Library at Keele campus. The library not only gave me a place to study for hours while I was a student, but it also gave me a unique space to explore one of my greatest interests: reading.”

With a learning environment where she felt comfortable to pursue her passions, Peggy also excelled academically and within the University’s student community. While working towards her BA in Labour Studies, she also took the time to get involved with her fellow students as a leader at the extracurricular level. “I set up a new club called the Chinese Catholic Community Chapter at York. This was a great way for me to connect with students just like me and get the kind of well-rounded experience that is unique to York!”

Since graduating, Peggy has also gone on to complete her Fundraising Certificate at Humber College. She has worked for several arts organizations and regularly volunteers with major events such as TIFF and Luminato.

Despite the fact that Peggy has only just begun to chart her path through life, her forward-thinking approach allows her to support her alma mater without affecting her current lifestyle. If you’d like to learn more about supporting York through a planned gift, please contact Marisa Barlas at 416-650-8221 or

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