Firefly is a charitable organization that raises funds to support research and develop programs with a mission to prolong brain health.

Our research funding helps bright minds in the world of neuroscience evolve innovative research projects into brilliant discoveries about healthy brains.  Our programs aim to inspire young people to appreciate, understand and take care of their brains throughout their lifetime.

2016 marked the 10th anniversary of the Firefly Foundation.  Over the past 10 years, we have funded breakthrough research initiatives and programs designed to inspire and develop the talents of aspiring young neuroscientists.  Programs include:

bright lights on brain health 

NEW:  Due to great interest expressed by younger students we launched a new program at Bright Lights this summer.

Students from Grade 5 and 6 participated in a new camp where they learned how to read scientific papers and gather credible research information that they then used to create their own stop motion animated films.

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a message from our founder

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A firefly is a single, remarkable point of nature's light. It represents a moment of illumination that inspires us each and every time we catch a glimpse. 

In this spirit, Firefly Foundation has been established to help bright minds in the world of neuroscience evolve their very best ideas into brilliant discoveries. It is also about inspiring everyone to take care of their 'source of light' and help their brain stay bright and healthy.

Firefly is a tribute to my parents, Herbert and Elizabeth Anspach. The Herbert K. and Elizabeth M. Anspach Family Foundation was set up as the founding patron of Firefly, which officially launched in December 2006.

Both my parents were bright lights, an inspiration to many professionally and personally, who were unfortunately stricken by neurodegenerative diseases later in life. They were a source of illumination and inspiration to me, and the spark of Firefly Foundation.

Heather McKenzie Anspach Fraser, Founder

bright minds

 

Throughout our journey, we are proud to have sparked so many bright minds. From students who compete at the Brain Bee, our Bright Lights Scholars and Spark Award Recipients, to educators and scientists who have contributed to our cause - these are the people who inspire our work.