Publishing stories of fascinating Prairie People and Unsung Heroes

Welcome to the blog of Deana Driver - author, editor, and publisher of DriverWorks Ink, a book publishing company based in Saskatchewan. We publish stories of inspiring, fascinating Prairie people and unsung Canadian heroes - written by Prairie authors including Deana Driver. We also publish genres of healing and wellness, humour, children's fiction, and rural poetry. Visit our website to learn more about our books.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Swim For Life a great event!

Well done, town of Wynyard, Saskatchewan - and especially well done to the two 20-year-old women who organized the first Swim For Life event in that town on Friday evening!!! Swim For Life was like Relay For Life, raising money for the Canadian Cancer Society, but teams instead must have a team member in the swimming pool at all times during the 12-hour event rather than a team member walking the relay track. This beautiful community raised more than $11,500 for cancer with their event!! YIPPEE for them!!

They invited Dionne Warner, the inspiring seven-time cancer survivor and subject of the book Never Leave Your Wingman (along with her supportive husband Graham) to be the guest speaker for the event. Photos are below.

But first - can you vote? For Dionne, that is! Please!!! She is taking part in a contest called I Can Achieve, and we encourage you to cast a vote for her every day for the next 25 or so days (making you eligible to win a $100 gift card with each day's vote) but more importantly, gaining Dionne more votes so that she can further spread her courageous, inspiring story of living life with cancer to more and more people and bring them hope! Here's the link -  I Can Achieve contest - Vote for entrant Dionne Warner

The point of all this poolside fun in Wynyard was to raise HOPE!!!

Dionne Warner shares her story with the great people of the town.

Graham and Dionne Warner are placed front and centre (well, kind of - on the far left of the front row which is technically almost centre) in the group photo of the first-ever Swim For Life fundraiser, which was organized by two wonderful young ladies in Wynyard, SK. The event was prompted by the death of one of these women's aunts from cancer. The hope is to keep raising money so a cure is found - so no other family has to endure what this family and many other families encounter when  cancer strikes.

(left to right) Graham and Dionne Warner, Deana and Al Driver - poolside in Wynyard, selling and signing Never Leave Your Wingman books - as the delightful Mayor Sharon looks on.