An amazing story of caring at Emily's House

Rauni Salminen talks with TVO about the ministry and caring of Emily's House, a hospice in Toronto for children from across Ontario

Emily’s House is a special place for kids and youth. A place of compassion, care, comfort, laughter, learning and play. Featuring a home-like, comforting environment, Emily’s House is dedicated to caring for children with complex needs while supporting their families.

It is the first of its kind in Toronto and among six in Canada. Emily’s House brings together high quality, respite and palliative care with the warmth and comfort of a child-focused environment that allows children and their families to have a home away from home for respite, pain and symptom management and palliative care.

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Endorsed and supported by Sick Kids Hospital, and serviced by expert physicians, trained nursing staff, dedicated play, art and spiritual care therapists, as well as, a dedicated management staff and board of directors, Emily’s House brings health care and heart together for the benefit of critically sick children and their families.

Source: Emily's House website

"It is so great to have Rauni as one of the community of St Matthew - St Aidan. The caring of Emily's House is absolutely amazing. We uphold Rauni in our on-going prayers and commend her and the team members at Emily's House for their crucial work and ministry to children and their families," Father Glenn, parish priest, said.

Rauni Salminen, Founding Member and CEO of Emily's House

Rauni Salminen’s extensive experience in palliative care, HIV support programmess, international community initiatives and chaplaincy have served her well in helping set up and sustain the Philip Aziz Centre, a non-profit hospice for children and adults that was established in 1995. She has led all aspects of the organization, from environmental scans/research and policy development to staffing and fundraising. She also launched the centre’s 10-bed pediatric palliative care hospice, Emily’s House, which was the first in Toronto and sixth in Canada.

In December 2013, Rauni was recognized with a Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 award, as presented by the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) in the Xstrata Nickel Trailblazers and Trendsetters Category. And in February 2014, she was selected by the Bridgeway Foundation, as one of their 100 Fantastic Canadian Christian Women Leaders.


  1. Bill Nicholls on 11 November 2019 at 7:41 PM

    What a touching and important story to tell!
    What a dedicated group of people caring for these folks
    and making their last days full of life!
    Bill Nicholls

  2. Nancy on 11 November 2019 at 4:10 PM

    Wow! Who knew! Rauni is certainly a wonderful person to have in our congregation! We are blessed to have her and many others members of our little church on the rock.

    • Father Glenn on 11 November 2019 at 5:21 PM

      A very touching piece of news and interview about the ministry of a humble and caring servant with an Emily’s House team member and members of a family whom they have served.


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