Daffodils a symbol of support

Daffodils are popping up all over the place this month, but instead of being part of a flowerbed, they’re on lapels.

  • Apr. 27, 2011 8:00 p.m.

Daffodils are popping up all over the place this month, but instead of being part of a flowerbed, they’re on lapels.

The flower is the symbol of the Canadian Cancer Foundation, and April is Daffodil Month.

On Wednesday, Daffodil Day was celebrated across Canada.

“The Canadian Cancer Society encourages everyone to wear a daffodil pin on that day to let everyone know that they’re not alone in the fight against cancer,” Gwen Chernenkoff-Pegg, president of the Castlegar unit of the Canadian Cancer Society said.

Chernenkoff-Pegg said every three minutes someone in Canada is diagnosed with cancer and the daffodils are a way of bringing about more awareness.

“The daffodil is a symbol of hope and courage,” she said. “Coming together in the fight for life by the people in the community.”

Although this was only the second Daffodil Day, Chernenkoff-Pegg believes the flower is a recognizable symbol for the Canadian Cancer Society already.

“It’s on all of their correspondence,” she said.

Celebrations were held across the Kootenays in Nelson, Trail, Cranbrook and Fernie. Although no events were planned in Castlegar, daffodil pins are still available until May 1. They are found at CIBC, Chevron, Paragon Pharmacy, Canadian Tire, BC Liquor Store and Pharmasave.