More than a year has gone by since Alan’s passing. In August 2020, a small group of us met and walked the grounds of one of Alan’s favourite places, the Old Growth Forest near Guelph, Ontario.
Alan loved to explore these grounds with his dog Evie, and he found solace and peace there, amidst the trees, the meadows, and the river. When the IcebergIQ team spent an afternoon there along with some of Alan’s family members and close friends, we felt inspired to ask if we could place a bench on the grounds as a tribute to him.
The Centre which hosts these grounds (the Ignatius Jesuit Centre) has agreed to provide a bench with a plaque as part of their legacy giving program, and asked IcebergIQ to raise the funds for the project. When we shared this opportunity with others who knew Alan, there was an immediate outpouring of generosity that speaks to the impact he made.
The memorial bench is fully funded as of December 2020, and we express our heartfelt thanks to everyone who donated to help create this tribute.
The bench will be installed near the entrance to the Old Growth Forest, an ecological restoration project not far from where Alan lived. The forest has five kilometres of hiking trails through a diverse range of natural areas, and it is a place "where nature gives strength to mind, body and soul." We encourage you to visit it someday.
We will continue to provide updates on the progress of the bench installation on this page. If you would like to make an alternate gift in Alan's memory, we suggest supporting a new scholarship set up in his name for product managers. For information, contact Lee Garrison of the Toronto Product Management Association at email@example.com.