December 18th, 2010

Welcome to The D.A.D. (Drawing A Day) Project - an ongoing, online, art-based fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society, the largest national charitable funder of cancer research in Canada.

We are two sisters, Emily and Serena. Our father was diagnosed in May 2009 with metastatic stage 4 colon cancer in his lungs and liver. After a courageous year-and-a-half battle, he passed away in early October 2010.

Dad rockin’ a fedora at Emily’s wedding, November 2009

One of the toughest things we faced when  our Dad was sick was this overwhelming feeling of helplessness. As we are both illustrators, we launched The D.A.D. Project in June 2010 as a creative effort to give back to an organization that helped our father, and that helps so many others who are fighting cancer.

We are continuing this project as a tribute to our Dad whom we miss everyday.

Every weekday, we will take turns posting a new drawing, which will be put up for sale in our online shop. 10 dollars from every print sold will be donated to the Canadian Cancer Society.

We will also invite other artists to participate by donating a piece of their artwork to our shop; we aim to make this a weekly feature.


The logistics (aka how to get your paws on the goods!)

If you have an etsy account (or if you are willing to start one), you can purchase anything from our online shop from there.

If you’re not so keen on going through etsy, simply contact us and we can figure out an alternate solution. Item and shipping prices will be similar to what you see on etsy, and we will necessitate payment through Paypal or email transfer before we proceed with your order.

If you’re in the Ottawa area, and are willing to drop by the Carlingwood area to pick up an item (and skip the S&H), simply contact us and we can arrange the transaction. Again, we will necessitate payment before we proceed with your order.

NB: The purchase of any of our fundraising items does not get you a tax receipt; you can only get a tax receipt if you make a direct donation (for example, through our team page).


For anyone unfamiliar with etsy, it costs us 20 cents US to list a single item, and this listing expires after 4 months if not purchased. To relist it costs another 20 cents, again for another 4 months.

For our illustrations: (1) We will relist a print if it sells. (2) If a print listing expires without selling, then we will not relist it; however, if you ever see an old illustration here on our blog that isn’t in our shop, don’t be shy to ask about it because we can always relist it if you’re interested.

For donated items from other artists: (1) These will only be available in our shop once — so if they sell, that’s it. (2) If the listing for a donated item expires, we will relist it once; this means it will have 8 months of exposure in our shop, maximum.


We’re aiming for a win-win-win situation!

  • If you like and decide to purchase something from our shop, you will be contributing to a great cause; and of course, you’ll get something to hang on your wall. We will collect funds as we go and make quarterly donations to the CCS.


  • If you would rather just make a direct donation to the Canadian Cancer Society, you can simply click here to donate an amount of your choice to our Team page, and you will receive a tax receipt. (Non-Canadians are welcome to donate and also have the option of receiving a tax receipt, however it is up to the income tax of your specific country as to whether or not the receipt will be accepted.)


  • As an added bonus for us, we get to work on a creative project together, with a purpose that’s obviously very close to our hearts.


Whether it’s a comment on our blog, a purchase of an illustration, a direct donation to our CCS Team page, being a regular visitor, or suggestions for drawings… a big thank you in advance for all your support!


About us and this blog

We each also have our own sites, if you’d like to see other and more of our work.


Here on this blog, besides the drawings, we’ll be sharing the occasional funny Dad-related story, and (if you’re really lucky) a Bob Chen recipe or two. The drawings themselves will reflect how we are trying our best to create a positive and inspiring thing out of a frustrating and sad situation.

This will be our creative outlet, and we hope you’ll join us and let us know what you think as we go!

  1. leel
    June 7th, 2010 at 17:28 | #1

    great to see this launched. i think its amazing! cant wait to see what comes along. yay!

  2. Bev
    June 28th, 2010 at 13:17 | #2

    this is a great way to support your dad. You are both very creative, wish you all the best!

  3. Mare
    July 6th, 2010 at 09:07 | #3

    Great photo of your Dad! What a charming and handsome man:)…sending him and your Mom a big virtual hug! xoxo

  4. September 27th, 2010 at 11:40 | #4

    What an excellent idea…….I lost my dad to lung cancer 30 years ago and my mom to the same 3 years ago…..Cathy

  5. Lindsy Fong
    October 7th, 2010 at 12:32 | #5

    What an incredible website Serena and Emily! I am sure your Dad feels very honoured to have such amazing and creative daughters. We love your work xoxo Tim, Linds & Cooper

  6. Andrea Fox
    December 2nd, 2010 at 17:45 | #6

    you made me cry……

  7. August 24th, 2011 at 22:02 | #7

    What an awesome tribute to your dad. I wish you all the best.

  8. Shirley Knapp
    November 13th, 2011 at 01:33 | #8

    WOW you two ladies are amazing. I am a dragonfly-a-holic. Since my little sister passed in 1991 (She had Cystic Fibrosis but was one amazing person)I have had a really big attraction to these lovely critters. I can draw but as yet have not attempted to sell anything and haven’t attempted a Dragonfly yet but have managed to get some wonderful photos with my digital camera earlier this year when a large one settled in my garden for nearly 10 minutes. I went camera-crazy as you can imagine.

    Regards to all dragonfly lovers.

  9. Deborah Rankin
    March 20th, 2012 at 09:48 | #9


    I was away last week and just tried to reply to your NR message and received an auto message that you’re no longer at NR! What’s up??? Call me or send me an email. You can reach me at my gardengirl@bell.net address, or at NR until the end of the month (deborah.rankin@nortonrose.com). Or my cell phone 416.419.7599.


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