Vernon's Emily Dahl Foundation to donate more than $10,000 this year

Practising positivity

Vernon's Emily Dahl Foundation hopes to donate more than $10,000 to worthy causes this year.

The foundation was created by the friends and family of the young athlete following her untimely death in 2019 at the young age of 18.

The foundation promotes happiness and well being, and supports youth sports, mental health and grief support groups.

Foundation members and supporters recently gathered at Whatshan Lake Retreat.

The foundation's Katie Dahl donated $1,000 to Kelli Rose of The Compassionate Friends grief support group.

The foundation doubled last year's donation.

"The Emily Dahl Foundation continues to grow, and we expect to give grants and donations of over $10,000 this year to other causes," said Dahl.

The foundation also hosts events such as a talk last winter with acclaimed author Paul Young, writer of The Shack and Crossroads, on finding purpose in life.

With nearly 23 million copies sold and 49 consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the New York Times Bestseller list, The Shack has inspired conversations about God around the world.

Emily's father, Sherman, said during the Whatshan retreat that loved ones who have passed are "like a cloud."

"When the cloud is no longer in the sky, it doesn’t mean the cloud has died. The cloud is continued in other forms like rain or snow or ice.... In Emily's life, she expressed herself through speech, action and thoughts that carry on in all of us."

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