Friends of the Foundation
The organizations listed below are some which Emmy was involved in from a volunteer and philanthropic perspective or who may have supported Emmy in her journey while persevering with Cancer.
Look Good Feel Better (LGFB)
Look Good Feel Better is like a makeover for the spirit. Free two-hour workshops provide a safe and supportive environment where women with cancer come together to learn ways to manage the effects that cancer and its treatment can have on their appearance. Look Good Feel Better was created from the belief that if a woman with cancer can be helped to look good, chances are she'll feel better, her spirits will be lifted and she will be able to face her cancer with more confidence. Workshops are lead by industry-trained cosmetic advisors who teach simple cosmetic techniques, nail and skin care tips, hair alternatives and cosmetic hygiene, to help them look a little more like themselves again. Beyond beauty, it’s the support from other women, the sharing of empowering information, support of compassionate volunteers and laughter that helps workshop participants gain confidence and take control. Look Good Feel Better workshops are offered at 119 hospitals and cancer care facilities across Canada, and have served more than 130,000 women since 1992.
In 2012, Emily Duff was awarded the Facing Cancer Together Award of Honour in recognition of her commitment to empowering women with cancer by sharing her unwavering spirit and determination with other young women facing cancer as Look Good Feel Better’s first teen testimonial.
Wilfrid Laurier University
Wilfrid Laurier University is a leading Canadian university known for academic excellence and a culture that inspires lives of leadership and purpose. With more than 17,000 undergraduate and graduate students, Laurier has a distinct commitment to teaching, research and scholarship combined with a strong student focus, high levels of student satisfaction and a deep sense of community.
Laurier is a leader in integrated and engaged learning, connecting academic programming to co-curricular activities. The university specializes in arts and social sciences, business and economics, music, science, social work, education and theology.
Emmy received an entrance scholarship from Laurier and began her studies in September 2008 in the Communication program. While at Laurier, she was accepted into the Arts stream of the Co-Op Program and planned to complete the Business option as part of her degree. Emmy was an active volunteer in L.U.C.K. (Laurier University Charity Kouncil). At the October 2012 Convocation, Emmy was posthumously awarded an Honorary Bachelor of Arts Degree
Canadian Blood Services
Canadian Blood Services is a national, not-for-profit charitable organization that manages the supply of blood and blood products in all provinces and territories outside of Quebec. The organization operates 42 permanent blood collection sites and more than 20,000 donor clinics annually, collecting approximately 900,000 units of blood. The collected units are then processed into the components and products that are administered to thousands of patients each year.
Canadian Blood Services also oversees the OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network. which recruits and maintains the registry of stem cell and bone marrow donors and conducts stem cell searches between unrelated donors and patients. The agency is currently putting steps in place for the creation of Canada's first national public cord blood bank.
In 2008, Canadian Blood Services also assumed several responsibilities related to organ and tissue donation and transplantation (OTDT) in Canada. Canadian Blood Services was given this OTDT mandate due to its experience and record managing Canada’s blood system, outside Quebec. As part of this mandate, Canadian Blood Services was also given responsibility to develop a plan—in collaboration with the OTDT communities — for an integrated OTDT system that would improve donation and transplantation performance in Canada. That plan, Call to Action, was publicly released in June 2012. Its work in OTDT includes the development of three national registries for patients awaiting an organ transplant:
To book an appointment to donate blood or for more information about Canadian Blood Services, visit us at www.blood.ca or call 1 888 2 DONATE.
Centennial Infant and Child Centre
Centennial Infant and Child Centre is committed to the development and education of young children with developmental disabilities. For over 40 years, we have been making a difference in the lives of thousands of children and their families through our early intervention program, our preschool and kindergarten and our childcare consultation services. We ensure that all children and families can benefit from our services, regardless of their socio-economic circumstances.
Centennial is proud to be acknowledged as a ‘friend of the Emmy Duff Scholarship Foundation’. The Duff family has had a long association with Centennial, as Emily’s brother, Cameron, was supported by the infant and later preschool programs in his very early years. Afterwards, Emmy was an enthusiastic integrated program participant for several years while her mother volunteered in the preschool program. The Duff family forged friendships with our staff, Board and volunteers and became committed and enthusiastic supporters of Centennial… part of the ‘Centennial family’.
At this time we wish to endorse and support the ‘Emmy Duff Scholarship Foundation’ and encourage others to do so as we honour the memory of Emily.
The Hospital for Sick Children
Founded in 1875, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) is Canada's most research-intensive hospital , the largest centre dedicated to improving children's health in the country, and is widely recognized as one of the leading child health centres in the world.
As innovators in child health, SickKids improves the health of children by integrating care, research and teaching.
With a staff that includes professionals from all disciplines of health care and research, SickKids provides the best in complex and specialized care by creating scientific and clinical advancements, sharing knowledge and expertise and championing the development of an accessible, comprehensive and sustainable child health system. SickKids vision is Healthier Children. A Better World.™