Congratulations to one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women! Rauni Salminen, E.D. of the Philip Aziz Centre and Emily’s House, was presented with the WXN Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 award in the Xstrata Nickel Trailblazers and Trendsetters Category. According to Dr. Adam Rapoport, Rauni’s “vision for pediatric hospice extended well beyond the HIV community” and has lead to the opening of Toronto’s first children’s hospice: “Emily’s House will be a national exemplar of compassionate care directed towards the most vulnerable in our society.”
Co-founder and executive director, Philip Aziz Centre For Hospice Care, Emily’s House
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. 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.