Support born of Friendship – Meet Donna Finley

Donna Finley at the
2017 Giants Head Grind.

Sponsor Highlight: Finley & Associates

It was on her first days of Grade 10 at Henry Wise Wood High School in Calgary, that Ellen Walker-Matthews, organizer of Giants Head Grind, met Donna Finley. Little did the two young women know, that what began as a strong and immediate friendship would continue for more than 40 years and endure marriages, children, divorce, long distance… and more.

In 2014, Donna participated in the very first Giants Head Grind. She has been part of the event ever since.

Donna’s commitment to the Giants Head Grind came not only because of its cause – to raise funds for Colon Cancer detection, diagnostics and research and to support the continued upkeep and improvement of the trail system in Giants Head Park – but also because of her desire to support her closest friend after the loss of her son. In 2016, Donna brought her eldest daughter and business partner Rebecca Finley-Schidlowsky to Giants Head Grind. After an incredible weekend, the two women knew that it was an event their company wanted to throw their support behind. Last year, Finley & Associates sent several members of their team from Calgary to participate in the race and raise funds for the cause. They also came on board as an official sponsor.

This year, we are thrilled to announce that Donna and Rebecca are bringing the entire Finley & Associates office from Calgary for this special weekend, and have come forward as significant event sponsors!

It is through this kind of ongoing support that we can continue to host the Giants Head Grind and raise awareness and funding for early detection of Colorectal Cancer. Our wholehearted thanks goes out to all of those at Finley & Associates, and in particular to Donna Finley and her family, who are taking the time to travel to Summerland in May to participate in the 5th Annual Giants Head Grind.

For more information about how Finley & Associates transforms organizations and their leaders through a strategic, candid and empowering approach, go to Or look for their entire team at the Giants Head Grind in May!

Tea for a Cause Teas are Back!

We are so happy to have our Teas for a Cause back for a second year to help support The Giants Head Grind.

Giants Head Green Tea for a CauseGiants Head Green – Green Tea

  • What better way kick yourself into high gear and get ready to make the big climb then with a refreshing green tea packed full of peach, pomegranate and mint! Don’t just go half way….you deserve the rewards at the top!

The Netminder Tea for a CauseThe Netminder – Black Tea

  • A little nettle goes along way to “block that puck”. This is not just gold in the net but a perfect blend to keep out the bad and help all the good in your body. Whether you drink this to start the day or finish it – this tea is your best “defense”.

Walker's Toddler's Tea for a CauseWalker’s Toddler’s – Rooibos Tea

  • You might just lose yourself in the amazing flavours that are at work in this blend. Walker’s Toddler Tea is the perfect combination of flavours for the the child within us and an equally great drink for the children around us…make sure to keep an eye on those little people…you don’t want them to toddle off.

To order your favourite, go to

Many Ways to Climb, Conquer and Raise Funds for Our Cause

For those of you who have attended the Giants Head Grind, and even for those who haven’t but have heard all about it, you know that this isn’t your typical fundraising race. Now moving into its third year, The Giants Head Grind – Christopher Walker Memorial Race has become a much anticipated annual event that brings together a community of participants, volunteers and locals for a weekend-long event that is of itself creating amazing memories for all those who participate.

But fun, community and memories aside, let’s not forget that we are also climbing the Grind with a purpose.

Funds raised will benefit Colon Cancer detection, diagnostics & research, and the continued upkeep of Giants Head Park trails. And there are so many ways that you can help with this great cause:

  1. If you’re participating, set up your donation page and start sharing. Every dollar counts!
  2. If you can’t join us on race day, fear not! Find a team or racer to support, or click Donate Now.
  3. For those available but not interested in climbing the Giant, join us on Sunday, May 22 for the “Grind Wine Tour“. You’ll even receive a $65.00 tax receipt.

Here’s the best part! For the individual who raises the most, we’re giving away two nights for two to Mount Engadine Lodge including food and non alcoholic beverages.

Now, go out and let’s reach our goal of $50,000!

“Bike the Grind” Course is Now Available

Last year, we welcomed almost 500 walkers and runners to participate in the 2nd Annual Giants Head Grind, Christopher Walker Memorial Race, and this year we’ve decided to add a bike element to the race. Participants now have the added option to “Bike the Grind” for $59/ person, or if you’re really feeling ambitious, you can “Hike & Bike the Grind” for $89/ person.
The Bike Course will begin on Lakeshore Drive beside Peach Orchard Park at 9 am.

  • Cyclists will begin heading North and take a left up Peach Orchard Road.
  • At the top of Peach Orchard Road, cyclists will enter the roundabout and exit heading South on Rosedale Avenue (Third exit).
  • Heading South on Rosedale, cyclists will find another roundabout in 300 meters and will exit that roundabout heading east on Prairie Valley for 100 meters.
  • Then take the first right on Giants Head Road.
  • In another 300 meters, cyclists will take a sharp right up a steep road called Milne Road and at the top of Milne you will see the entrance to Giants Head on your left.
  • Take the left and ride to the top!

Click here for a larger view.

For full details and to register, go to


Race Day Photos 2015

A special Giants Head Grind thanks goes to husband and wife team, Valdo and Anna, who raced around throughout the day from the Beach to the Peak, and everywhere in between, to capture some outstanding photos of all of our participants.

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Click on an image to view
the set in Google+

We hope you enjoy re-living the day as you glance through these photos… okay, maybe not the climb itself (ouch!), but definitely the people, the view, the food courtesy of Nester’s Market, Brodo and True Grains, and the beverages from Okanagan Crush Pad and Bad Tattoo.

Of course, let’s not forget all of our amazing Sponsors and volunteers who helped to make the Giants Head Grind – Christopher Walker Memorial Race 2015 a weekend to remember!

See you again in 2016…

Roch Lobster Lunch at Dirty Laundry

After the Giants Head Grind Race has come and gone for another year, you may be looking to do a bit of wine touring on Sunday. Well, have we got good news for you!

On Sunday, May-17 at 12:00 pm, Roch Fortin returns with his fresh lobster lunch specials on the Patio at Dirty Laundry Vineyard. Roch will be there from 12-2 pm serving up his Maritime delights. $34.95 includes lobster, bread, salad & dessert.

And here’s the best part (besides the wine and lobster, of course)… Dirty Laundry is generously donating part of their proceeds that day to the Giants Head Grind! So, thank you once again, Dirty Laundry, for your continued support of our great cause.

ADVANCE RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. Call (250) 494-8815 right away to book your table!

Giants Head Grind Rack Cards are Now Available.

As we get closer to race day, we have been doing a little marketing of our own that we wanted to share with you…

4x8_GHG_RackCard_front-2015 4x8_GHG_RackCard_backThis is the front and back of our “4×8 Rack Cards”, which, if you’re an Okanagan local, you’ll start seeing at local businesses around the area.

Be sure to take a few to share with your friends and family!

And of course, if you’d like to have some for your business, let us know and we’ll send some your way.

Great Marketing. Important Message.

As we continue on this quest of bringing awareness to colon cancer as the second leading cause of both male and female cancer-related deaths in Canada, and the recognition that with early detection and treatment over 90% of these cancer-related deaths could and should have resulted in a full recovery, we have also been looking to like-minded organizations for inspiration.

no-one-wants-to-see-this-merediths-miracles-colon-cancer-foundationOne such organization is a non-profit out of the United States, Meredith’s Miracles, which we discovered when we found this hilarious transit campaign.

Would this get your attention…?

I think so! But it’s the message underneath that is really important:


Colon cancer is the second most deadly cancer. But, detected early, it’s also one of the most treatable.”

Well done, Meredith’s Miracles.

Colon Cancer continues to ignore age boundaries.

The world has lost another young man to Colon cancer. Today the Globe & Mail covered the story of Matthew Wuest, the founder of popular hockey site Based in Nova Scotia, Wuest quietly built up an audience for what many perceived as the MOST important online resource in hockey.

CPT115_HKN_OBIT_Matthew_Wuest_20150320“Matthew Wuest brought the NHL’s complex salary-cap system to the masses through his wildly popular and influential website CapGeek. And he did it on his own, often from a laptop at his kitchen table in Halifax.

Wuest’s creation was the go-to source for salary and contract information for everyone interested in hockey. When he shut it down in January, fans and NHL insiders shared in the disappointment, not realizing that Wuest was battling colon cancer.

Wuest died Thursday at the age of 35.” –read the full story at

It is time to stop considering colon cancer an “old person’s disease” and make screening more accessible to everyone young and old.  After all, “Not Knowing is Not the Answer.

A New Baby Named in Memory

WalkerWe want to introduce you to “Walker” born to Annie this past Monday April 15th.

He is a tall beautiful blond boy, and we want to thank the Agur family for naming him in memory of Chris. He is too young to Grind this year, but watch out… I’m sure he’ll be there one day!

Thanks for following the Grind and have a Happy Easter.