The People of Emily’s House


Emily’s House accepts children up to the age of 19. We believe that children are to be treated within the context of the family, and always respect the role and privacy of parents, siblings and other significant others.


Emily’s House professional staff support is augmented by trained volunteers, who are supported and supervised by our Manager of Volunteer Services. Volunteers are committed, compassionate, screened and trained to meet the provincially established volunteer standards of practice. They are specially trained for working with children. They are people from all walks of life who desire to give back and make a difference in their community by helping to make a child’s journey with a serious illness more manageable. For more information on volunteer opportunities, our volunteer program or volunteer training click here.

Leadership Team

We are a compassionate and skilled team of individuals who are committed to excellence in the delivery of family-centered, pediatric hospice care. Our integrative team of clinicians, play and music therapists, spiritual and bereavement counsellors, volunteers, Board, administration and leadership team are all dedicated to working together to meet the needs of the children and families we serve.

Rauni Salminen, Founding Member and CEO

Rauni Salminen’s extensive experience in palliative care, HIV support programs, 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.

An ordained minister, Salminen has a bachelor’s degree in education and master’s in theological studies. She also holds a diploma in social work.

Dr. Adam Rapoport, Medical Director

Dr. Adam Rapoport is the Medical Director for Emily’s House and for the Paediatric Advanced Care Team, for SickKids Hospital. As a representative of SickKids, and a major partner of Emily’s House, he writes: “I want to say how impressed my team, and indeed the hospital, have been with the quality of care provided to our patients and families. It has been a pleasure working together….As an institution with the highest reputation, we have grown very comfortable sharing the care of our most vulnerable patients with your capable and compassionate staff.”

Rauni SalminenCEO, Emily’s House and Philip Aziz Centre for Hospice Care (PAC)
Dan DempsterDirector of Operations, Emily’s House and PAC
Lorely Angcos-GarciaDirector, Finance and Administration, Emily’s House and PAC
Jennifer KroezenDirector of Development/Fundraising, Emily’s House and PAC
Amanda MaragosManager of Volunteer Programs, Education and Community Outreach
Kim Daffern Manager of Clinical Programs

Partnerships and Affiliations:

SickKids Hospital, Community Care Access Centres, Toronto Central LHIN, Hospice Palliative Care Ontario, Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association, Ontario Community Support Association.