Tom's Walk

Through thorns of pain comes a story of hope

Join our Memorial Walk and Fundraiser for Mental Health

MAY 27, 2023   12-4 pm

Let's Reconnect!

Devon, AB

Walk Information:

Date: May 27, 2023

Registration: 12 - 1 pm at Devon Alliance Church,    201 Miquelon Ave - across the highway from Tim Hortons

Kickoff then Walk: 1- 4 pm

Place: The walk will take place in Devon, AB or in your own community!

Route:  We are walking from Devon Alliance Church to Voyageur Park (the big field east of the boat launch).  Not able to do the walk?  Join us along the route (ie. IGA, River of Hope Church, or at Voyageur Park).  There will be a kickoff event at 1 and we are planning some fun activities down at the park - Farmer's Market, Local Artisans, open mic for music and spoken word poetry, food trucks and more!  Let's celebrate reconnecting!  

Want to set up a table?  Please email

Cost:  There is no charge to participate.  Please consider donating to SILA Skills in Tom's memory or for someone you know.  If you are able to donate, please mention that this is for Tom's Walk.  Thanks!

Register: Whether you are joining us in Devon, or walking in your own community, please register for Tom's Walk. (Click on the link to access the Google Form)

Event:  If you are unable to join us in Devon, please take pictures of you enjoying your walk, bike, run in your community  and email them to

Partner with us!  Any organization that wants to partner with Tom's Walk will have their name on the back of the t-shirt and your business information will be shared on this websiteContact 

All donations are appreciated!!

News report from Tom's Walk 2018.

Memories from previous years!!

T-Shirts to Purchase:  We have t-shirts for Tom's Walk 2022. They have Tom's art on the front and will be unique each yearWe are looking forward to sharing one of his dreams with you, which was to create t-shirts with a positive message.  

All proceeds will go to SILA Skills and the movement to help build mental health resilience by fostering supportive, validating, and respectful environments. 

The cost for each shirt is $25. Please indicate if you will pick it up at the walk or if it to be mailed to you.  

The store to order t-shirts is linked below.  

There are a few medium, large and extra large sizes still available.  

Let's be a sea of green on May 14!

Pictures from Tom's Walk 2021

Are you participating in Tom’s Walk this year?

Check out Tom's Music on Tom's Story Page

Tom was a wonderful singer/songwriter.  His music has been enjoyed by many and now you can enjoy it too.  Consider making a donation to SILA if you download any songs.  Thanks.

Tom's Walk Supports

The SILA Skills Group develops and delivers skills workshops which enable participants to become more effective with those in their environment and learn how to manage their own emotional well- being in all situations, in essence becoming more resilient individuals. Transforming Classrooms is geared towards those who work in a school setting and Transforming Connections is focused on those who interact in high pressure environments, such as first responders or health care workers. These skills are for everyone.  As a teacher, I am so thankful that my fellow educators can now learn and use the skills that I have found so valuable in my own classroom.

Consider donating to The SILA Skills Group.  Be sure to let them know it's from Tom's Walk.

The SILA Skills Group is a Canadian not-for-profit organization and cannot issue tax receipts. Donations are appreciated.

Here are some other worthy organizations that helped and supported us and Tom through our journey with Thomas' mental illness and us since his passing.

Pastor Brad Hoefs understands the challenges of mental health.  Fresh Hope supports both the loved one AND their families through online and in-person support groups. We are so thankful for the people we met though Fresh Hope.
Tom spent many nights at Hope Mission when he was ill and he even worked at their Brightwood Ranch when he was healthy.  This is such a great organization.

An Evening to Remember

This yearly event has become a precious evening for any who have lost someone to suicide.  We look forward to it as it is a time of healing and connecting.

The Sashbear Foundation

Making waves for mental health and suicide prevention.  Sashbear's mission is to lead a mental health reform by promoting awareness for the need of early prevention, recognition, timely intervention and access to affordable treatment of individuals with emotional dysregulation.
CMHA has many resources and support for people living with and supporting those with mental health challenges.

Centre for Suicide Prevention is an education centre, a centre of excellence, based in Calgary. 

Buddy Up is a men’s suicide prevention communications campaign: a call to action to men, by men. 

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