new: junior bright lights camp

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.

This program is a partnership between Firefly, University of Toronto Schools and the Toronto Animated Image Society.  

We hope the films these students produced with help us spread the word to all young people about the importance of understanding and taking care of your brain... so it will last as long as your body does.

Students helping all of us... Stay Bright.


This camp is a partnership between 

Firefly Foundation

Toronto Animated Image Society & University of Toronto Schools

In 2017 funding for scholarships was provided by Firefly Foundation and the support of

AstraZeneca Canada

memories silent auction

memories silent auction


Firefly Foundation was thrilled to collaborate with the Rotman Photography Association to host a silent auction celebrating memories through photography.  The funds raised at this event - combined with the support offered by the Rotman Graduate Business Council and our own fundraising efforts - enabled Firefly to offer a total of 18 students scholarships and financial aid to attend our Bright Lights in the Lab camp in 2016.

2015 brain bee

2015 brain bee


In 2015, 14 high schools, with 48 students competed and following three rounds of competition the winners were:  Shannon Eagan (first place), Laura Newcombe (second place) and Ruby Zhang (third place).  Both Shannon and Ruby were from University of Toronto Schools, while Laura was representing North Toronto Collegiate Institute.  The Top Ranking Novice Participant Award went to Justin Lu (Upper Canada College).