Kelly and her mother, Edith, both had a love of animals and particularly, cats. Kelly always had cats when she was growing up and they often took in stray cats. When Edith passed away in 2017, Kelly knew she wanted to find a way to remember her mother but in a manner that gave back to a cause close to both of their hearts. Once she settled the estate, it did not seem right that not only was her mother gone but also it felt like she would only live on in Kelly’s memories.
She struggled to find a way to commemorate the memories of her beloved mother. Because Kelly had a close connection to the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen as an employee, she was familiar with the idea of legacy giving. She decided to create a legacy fund with the Community Foundation dedicated to Edith’s memory to ensure she would live on in the form of supporting animals. The Edith Forster Legacy Fund is a designated fund meaning that Kelly has given the Foundation direction to take the income earned on the fund and disburse it to local organizations that support animals.