Winnipeg Jewish Review  
Site Search:
Home  |  Archives  |  Contact Us
Features Local Israel Next Generation Arts/Op-Eds Editorial/Letters Links Obituary/In Memoriam


by Rhonda Spivak, January 3, 2018


Doug Markewich is a family unity coach, a person who works to creates trust between family members by talking about common goals and values  important to all family members, which ensures that their financial inheritance and family unity will be intact for generations. "I work with families to help them avoid fighting over financial inheritances by helping them communicate and make decisions together as a family,"he says.

Markewich adds that studies show that in 70% of families, both the assets and family unity are destroyed by the end of the second generation, and by the end of the third generation, 90% of families have witnessed their unity and their assets disappear.


Prior to becoming involved in family coaching, Markewich spent 30 years doing tax and estate planning across the country but he says "family coaching is the most rewarding work I have ever done."


Markewich explains that we receive and pass on two kinds of inheritance, financial and emotional. "Most people have financial advisers and estate planners to deal with financial inheritance, but not 'emotional inheritance,' which is the sum total of stories, values, life lessons, and family traditions that we need to pass on to family members in order to create family unity, such that  the financial inheritance ultimately won't be lost. 


Through family coaching, people can prepare their family to be able to work together, as well as play together in a way that ensures that the family and the assets you have worked so hard to accumulate can remain intact for generations, with each individual family member living a full productive life.


"There are a number of warning signs that may well suggest that a family will fight over its estate, such as sibling rivalry, economic disparity among beneficiaries, estrangement or disinheritance, and advanced benefit to one heir and not the others. In these circumstances, family coaching can be the only way to ensure that the core values ,traditions and life lessons  of a family will be passed on such that the heirs do not fight and ultimately squander their financial inheritance. Family coaching enables those who are passing on their financial wealth to plan for the future of their family, not just for the future of its money,"  Markewich notes.


Markewich, who is based in Winnipeg, is the first ever Canadian graduate of the Heritage Institute in the United States, the foremost institute for transferring family wealth and values from generation to generation. "I have the equivalent of a two year's Masters degree in Family Coaching. I am known as a Heritage Design Professional,"

<<Previous Article       Next Article >>
Subscribe to the Winnipeg Jewish Review
  • Jewish Federation of Winnipeg
  • Fillmore Riley
  • Jewish Federation of Winnipeg
  • Winter's Collision Repair
  • Gray Academy
  • Jacqueline Simkin
  • Coughlin Insurance
  • Joyce Rykiss
  • CHW
  • The J Hansen HVAC Group
  • Munroe Pharmacy
  • The Lazareck Family
  • Imperial Soap
  • GTP
  • Piston Ring
  • Nick's Inn
  • Lori Shenkarow
  • Roseman Corp.
  • Tyler Bucklaschuk
  • TD Canada Trust
  • Sobey's
  • Daniel Friedman and Rob Dalgliesh
  • The Lipkin Family
  • Booke and Partners
  • Bruce Shefrin Interior Design
  • Fair Service
  • Daien Denture Clinic
  • Thovaldson Care
  • Laufman Reprographics
  • Amalgamated Drywall Systems Ltd.
  • Maric Homes
  • Artista Homes
  • Tradesman Mechanical
  • Accurate Lawn & Garden
  • Ronald B. Zimmerman
  • Commercial Pool
  • Lanny Silver
  • Fetching Style
  • Rudy Fidel
  • Shindico
  • Dakota Chiropractic Office
  • Myrna Driedger
  • Shirley and Bob Freedman
  • The Chisick Family
  • Carol and Barry McArton
  • The Shinewald Family
  • Dr. Ted and Harriet Lyons
  • Munroe Dental Centre
  • Ixtapa Travel
  • Hill Sokalski Walsh
  • D'arcy and Deacon
  • The Charach Family
  • Esther and Sid Halpern
  • Myers LLP
  • The Lazar Family
  • Dr. Marshall Stitz
  • Cavalier Candies
  • Cdn Visa
  • Kowall Chiropractic Centres
  • Dr. Brent Schacter
  • Doheny Securities
  • Ambassador Mechanical
  • Peerless Garments
  • Pitblado
  • Cindy Lamoureux
  • HUB International
  • Philip Kahanovtich
  • Global Philathropic Canada
  • Sorrento's
  • Taverna Rodos
  • Aziza Family
  • Western Scrap Metals
  • Cascade Financial Group Inc.
  • James Bezan
  • Larry N. Maguire
  • Malaya Marcelino
  • Candice Bergen
  • Safeway
  • John Orlikow
  • Ross Eadie
  • Orthodox Union
  • Saul Simmonds
  • Bridges for Peace
  • Chochy's
  • City Sheet Metal
  • Superlite
  • Stephen Rosenfield
  • Abe and Toni Berenhait
  • The Lofchick Famiy
  • Stringer Rentals
  • John Wishnowski
  • Ingrid Bennet
  • Winnipeg Board of Jewish Education
  • Asper Jewish Community Campus
  • Jewish Federation of Winnipeg
  • Grant Kurian Trucking
  • Shoppers Drug Mart
  • Gulay Plumbing
  • Kristina's
  • West Kildonan Auto
  • The Center for Near East Policy Research Ltd.
  • Sarel Canada
  • Santa Lucia Pizza
  • Center for Near East Policy Research
  • Roofco Winnipeg Roofing
  • Center for Near East Policy Research
  • Nachum Bedein
  • Maric Homes
Rhonda Spivak, Editor

Publisher: Spivak's Jewish Review Ltd.

Opinions expressed in letters to the editor or articles by contributing writers are not necessarily endorsed by Winnipeg Jewish Review.