Glee returns tonight on Global, launching its fifth season, without the late Cory Monteith.  And while ET Canada“s Erin Cebula is in Victoria for ETC Goes West, she catches up with a very important person in the late star’s life, Maureen Webb.

Maureen exclusively talks with us about her friend Cory and she was one of the last people to see him alive before his tragic death last summer in Vancouver.

She tells us how she was also one of the last people to witness the Glee star’s generous spirit. “It just feels like such a waste of a great talent and a really lovely young man,”; she tells Erin. “Through this tragedy, through this sad thing that has happened… I want people to know that he does have a legacy.”;

That legacy is a cause that was close to Cory’s heart, called Project Limelight – a theatre program in Vancouver to help kids in the city with dreams of making it big.

“When we started Project Limelight, my sister and I, we decided the person we wanted most involved was Cory,”; she explains. “I think he found a connection here because a lot of the kids we work with reminded him of himself when he was younger.”;

She reveals how much he and his role on Glee affected people, “It was a groundbreaking show. And it really affected a lot of people. And so I want to give them some comfort in knowing that um, his legacy is here.”;

The series he starred in for four seasons will pay tribute to him in an upcoming episode and Maureen says she hopes “it pays tribute to the young man that we all know… that is sweet and kind and funny.”;

Watch Maureen’s interview with Erin below and here if you’re on a mobile device.