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Daffodils – then and now

Ladies at a Daffodil Tea held in the early 1950s.

The Canadian Cancer Society's association with the daffodil dates back to the early 1950s, when dedicated volunteers in Toronto hosted teas to raise awareness of the Society's work. The daffodil centrepieces quickly became popular as a symbol of hope, inspiring the volunteers to rename the event the Daffodil Tea. In 1957, the volunteers also began selling the fresh flowers.

Volunteers preparing for daffodil sales.

Today, the daffodil is synonymous with the Canadian Cancer Society and is featured as our official emblem. As part of our efforts to support cancer patients and caregivers nationwide, we designated April as Daffodil Month, when our volunteers sell fresh daffodils and daffodil pins. And April 27 is Daffodil Day, a special day where we ask Canadians to reflect on the thousands of Canadians who are on a cancer journey and to do something special for someone they know who has cancer.

Find out more about daffodil events across the country by contacting your local community office.