(TORONTO – June 19, 2019) — The MDRT Foundation has awarded a USD 5,000 grant to Emily’s House, Toronto’s first paediatric residential hospice, and only the sixth of seven in Canada, caring for the special needs of children living with a life-limiting illness.

Through its global grants programs, the MDRT Foundation is committed to building stronger families and communities around the globe. This year, the MDRT Foundation will award over $1 million in MDRT member-endorsed grants to more than 200 charitable organizations worldwide.

Representing the MDRT Foundation, James Burton, of PPI Financial Group, will present this grant cheque to Emily’s House on June 19, 2019, representing the grant application sponsor, MDRT Member, Jeffrey Dawson, of Jeffrey Dawson Insurance Agencies Limited“Thank you to the MDRT Foundation, Jeffrey Dawson, and James Burton,” writes Rauni Salminen, C.E.O., Emily’s House and the Philip Aziz Centre for Hospice Care. “Your support helps make a special place like Emily’s House an important part of paediatric palliative care, and creates a home for families who trust in our care.” 

For six years, Emily’s House has been meeting increasingly-complex care demands, while providing timely access to children’s palliative programs. To extend the resources of the clinical, therapeutic and front-line care team, trained hospice volunteers are vital to delivering these children’s programs. MDRT Foundation funding will:  contribute to volunteer training and retention; extend capacity for care delivery by the clinical / staff team; and, offer greater access to recreation, play and music programs. As one Emily’s House parent shared about the children’s programming: “[My daughter] sparkles.  She is lifted out of the world of palliative care. It enables her to soar above it all, in that little pocket of time.” 

About the MDRT Foundation:

The MDRT Foundation was created in 1959 to provide MDRT members with a means to give back to their communities. Since its inception, the Foundation has donated more than $34 million in more than 70 countries throughout the world and in all 50 U.S. states. These funds were raised by MDRT members and industry partners. For more information, visit mdrtfoundation.org.

About MDRT:

Founded in 1927, the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT), The Premier Association of Financial Professionals®, is a global, independent association of more than 66,000 of the world’s leading life insurance and financial services professionals from more than 500 companies in 72 nations and territories. MDRT members demonstrate exceptional professional knowledge, strict ethical conduct and outstanding client service. MDRT membership is recognized internationally as the standard of excellence in the life insurance and financial services business. For more information, visit mdrt.org.

 About Emily’s House, an operating division of the Philip Aziz Centre for Hospice Care:

For children with a life-threatening illness, Emily’s House provides specialized paediatric hospice care in a home-like environment, as well as play, art and recreation programs to help enrich lives through all stages of a child’s illness. Emily’s House provides a third alternative to hospital or in-home care at end of life, plus quality of life. For more information, visit emilyshouse.ca.