Canadian Cancer Society brings an antidote to winter

24 January 2011

Locations across Saskatchewan -

Daffodils come out from the cold: reflections on growth , a province-wide speaking tour hosted by the Canadian Cancer Society, will bring an antidote to winter to everyone who is tired of the dark and cold this time of the year. The one-hour presentations with free admission will take place in Lloydminster, Prince Albert, Nipawin, Saskatoon, Swift Current, Regina, Yorkton, Weyburn and Moose Jaw, from January 31 to February 4.


Our lives are shaped by the rhythm of fall, winter, spring and summer. There are times of darkness and cold and times of glorious warmth and sunshine. When dark times linger in our lives, we often forget that we are part of an earthy rhythm that makes us who we are.


Kelly Walker will help us realize that even in the dark times we grow in new and often more exciting ways than in the heat of summer. We build character, strength, wisdom and humour. We create community as we share our stories. In this session, we will take time to assess our personal rhythms and patterns and navigate full of hope towards new and possibly even brighter shores.
If you are looking for an antidote to the cold of winter, join us for this 1-hour presentation including the launch of the Canadian Cancer Society’s 2011 daffodil season.

Kelly Walker is an author, therapist, storyteller, public speaker and gifted musician. His audiences have claimed him as a compassionate healer, a gentle giant and an insightful and wise teacher who is a lot of fun.

 First winter then spring
Daffodils come out of the cold: reflections on growth

With Kelly Walker



Date and time



Dan Palsich Theatre
Synergy Credit Union
4907 50 St
(use 49 St entrance)

January 31, 2011
12 - 1 pm

Free admission and lunch but seating is limited. Reserve your ticket by calling Linda at (306) 825-7722

Prince Albert

John M Cuelenaere Library
125 12 St.E.

February 1, 2011
12 - 1 pm

Admission is free. Muffins and coffee will be served. Looking for more info? Call Laurie at 764-4808


Elks Hall
330 1st St. W.

February 1, 2011
7 - 8 pm

Admission is free. Coffee and dainties will be served. Looking for more info? Call Sandra at 752-5665


Army Navy & Airforce Veteran's Club
359 1st Ave. N.

February 2, 2011
12 - 1 pm

Admission is free. Bring your own brown bag lunch. Refreshments will be served. Looking for more info? Call Dean at 244-2664

Swift Current

Community Futures Boardroom
Entrepreneurial Centre
885 6th Ave NE

February 2, 2011
7 - 8 pm

Admission is free with refreshments provided
looking for more info? Call Julie at 773-6422


Darlene Hincks Committee Room

City Hall

February 3, 2011
12 - 1 pm

Admission is free
Light lunch provided
Looking for more info? Call Chris at 565-0000


Royal Canadian Legion Hall
380 Broadway St. W.

February 3, 2011
Doors open 6:30 pm, program 7 - 8 pm

Admission is free
Coffee and dainties will be served.  Looking for more info? Call Gloria at 782-2788


Royal Canadian Legion
Vimy Room
150 3rd St

February 4, 2011
12 - 1 pm

Free admission with lunch available for $8
RSVP by February 1 by calling Margaret at 842-8081

Moose Jaw

Performing Arts Theatre

February 4, 2011
7 - 8 pm

Admission is free with coffee and dainties following the presentation
Looking for more info? Call Stu at 692-2333

Biography – Kelly Walker

Kelly is a bilingual author, therapist, storyteller, public speaker and gifted musician. His audiences have claimed him as a compassionate healer, a gentle giant and an insightful and wise teacher who is a lot of fun.


An international university education and more than twenty years as a Dominican Friar have shaped Kelly’s life. Following his undergraduate years at the University of Western Ontario and l’Université de Montréal, Kelly continued with post graduate studies for ten years at the Faculté Dominicaine de théologie, Ottawa; the Aquinas Institute of Theology and the University of Dubuque, Dubuque, Iowa; the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana; Convento San Marco, Florence, Italy and with Ivan Illich at CIDOC in Cuernavaca, Mexico.


From 1972 he served as Prior of the Dominican Order in English-speaking Canada for nine years. He taught at the Faculté Dominicaine de Théologie, Ottawa, York University and Trinity College in Toronto and at Huron College in London. He also taught courses in continuing education at the Toronto School of Theology and at the Vancouver School of Theology. He continues to be a popular retreat and workshop leader throughout North America. He offers retreats, coaching and workshops at Ash Croft, his home in the Hockley Hills, outside of Toronto.


In 1981, Kelly left the Dominican Order and continued to share his gifts in new ways. Twelve years as a therapist coupled with his philosophical and theological background serve as a backdrop to his presentations which are always rich and current. Due to that spirit, he is invited to speak and perform throughout North America to audiences as varied as police, funeral services, financial and government institutions, medical and legal teams, clergy and artistic communities. He is a strong voice in the midst of a world that is constantly in flux.


Three books have flowed from his life experiences. In 1995, he wrote Loss of Soul: Burnout, a national best seller, now in its second edition. In 2000, it was followed by his popular Dancing on the Ark: facing change in uncertain times (what every Noah ought to know). His latest work, Growing Somewhere: living life after mid-life reaches out with hope to his contemporaries.


After leaving the Priory, Kelly toured extensively with the renowned Irish singer-harpist Mary O’Hara. As a solo performer he has played to packed houses. He is often seen on stage these days with Mark DuBois, tenor and Susan Cooper, mezzo soprano, Dini Petty, Billy Newton-Davis and Eric Nagler as they pull their hearts and talent together to create shows for all sorts of charities. He also performs regularly at Ash Croft and offers intimate concerts, generally with some musical friends.


After recording 24/42 and Nomad in the 80s, Kelly has continued with two new CDs to date. All My Life is a compilation of his own songs, which he sings with some of the best musicians in the country at his side. River Ash is a gentle work comprising piano improvisations. He is currently preparing a new album of piano improvisations called Somewhere.


Kelly has recently moved to his new home in Stratford Ontario, home of the famous Shakespearean Festival.

The Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) is the only national charity that supports Canadians with all cancers in communities across the country. No other organization does what we do; we are the voice for Canadians who care about cancer. We fund groundbreaking research, provide a support system for all those affected by cancer and advocate to governments for important social change.

Help us make a difference. Call 1-888-939-3333 or visit today.

For more information, please contact:

Donna Pasiechnik

Manager, Tobacco Control, Media & Government Relations

Canadian Cancer Society

Saskatchewan Division

Phone: 306-790-9871