The Dove is a symbol of Hope, Courage, and Peace

10/12/2014  |  Inside The PMCF |  Posted by: Paul Alofs

Today we celebrated the 14th Annual Doves of Hope Dedication ceremony at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.  We have over 9,000 paper doves which are strung together and hung throughout our five-story atrium.  Each and every Dove represents an individual story of someone dealing with cancer. 

The ceremony is always very moving in the most authentic way. We talk to the fact that every Dove represents a person and their family and friends. 

To me, the most striking part of the ceremony is when our Spiritual Care advisor steps forward with the Dove Participatory Reading.  In summary, he speaks to the richness of the symbol of the Dove in our diversity.  In the Hebrew scripture, a dove released from Noah’s ark returns with an olive branch to show the flood was over.  This is a symbol of hope.  In the tradition of the Buddha, the dove represents fidelity.  In the tradition of First Nation Canadians, the dove is a symbol of love and kindness.  In the tradition of Mohammed, the dove is the symbol of peace and devotion.  In the tradition of Christ, the dove represents the Spirit of God and courage.  In the tradition of the Sufi, the dove represents the wayfarer of the sky. 

The dove is a powerful symbol to us and today we also had the Toronto Youth Choir raise their amazing voices in a concert that left us all with a smile and a sense of hope.  I hope your holiday season brings you all of the great feelings and gifts represented by the dove of hope and peace.

Thanks to all who have supported this incredible day. You can still participate by dedicating your Dove of Hope today.