Malia Emberson-Lafoa’i

Submitted by Dan_Canteen on Mon, 11/08/2021 - 14:18
Malia Emberson-Lafoa’i
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Board member

I joined Canteen in 2017, a year after my mum’s ovarian cancer diagnosis. Before Canteen, I was convinced that no one would understand what I was going through. My first few sessions were a revelation, as I learned about this beautiful charity that helped thousands of young people just like me. I have gone to therapy with Canteen for 4 years. Therapy has been a space for me to be scared, to be sad, and to be hopeful. Canteen kept me afloat when my mum went into palliative care and died at the end of 2019.

I completed my Juris Doctor a year after my mum died, in part thanks to the support Canteen provided. When I moved into legal practice, I realised that it was time for me to start getting involved in helping the longevity of the charity that had helped me so much. I bring to the board experience working with not-for-profits, a history of cancer advocacy, and a passion for this organisation.

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Malia Emberson-Lafoa’i