Canadian Cancer Patients and Their Families Find Hope in Art

Lilly Canada and its partners, the Canadian Cancer Survivor Network and the Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology, are proud to announce Anne Louise Davies of Courtenay, B.C. as the Overall Best of Exhibition Winner for her entry, In the Dance, in the inaugural Lilly Oncology on Canvas Canada Art Competition.

Lilly Oncology on Canvas Canada (LOCC) was created to help those affected by cancer cope with the emotional and physical effects of this disease, through the artistic representation of their cancer journey. Contest entries will be featured in healthcare centres across the country later this year.


"For me it was the paintings that got me through. It was when I was painting that I could be focused; I could push back the fear. I could actually think, in those first days and weeks, it was as if a voice was just screaming in my head. It was my painting that allowed me to find some kind of quiet… the kind of quiet where you lose yourself and I needed to get lost through part of this process." — Best of Exhibition winner Anne Louise Davies, In the Dance, B.C.

"As an art therapist working within the BC Cancer Agency, I've seen firsthand the emotional and physical healing power of art. It is encouraging to see Lilly Oncology promoting expression through art and wonderful to see the art that was created for the Oncology on Canvas Canada Contest." — Contest judge and art therapist Sara Prins Hankinson.

Lilly would like to thank its Oncology on Canvas Canada Art Competition partners — the Canadian Cancer Survivor Network and Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology — for their support.

  • Best of Participant Category Winners, each awarded a $250 donation:
  • Best of Participant Category Winners in Each Medium, each awarded a $250 donation:

Please note that several of our winners have chosen to remain anonymous. As such, Lilly has not included their names in this release.

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About the Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology 
The Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology (CAPO) is a national registered charity that promotes excellence in psychosocial care for people with cancer and their families throughout the cancer experience — from diagnosis to treatment to survivorship or end of life. CAPO works to transform cancer care wherever it is delivered — in hospital, in the community and in hospices. CAPO is dedicated to empowering health care professionals to transform the cancer experience and improve the quality of life for millions of Canadians living with cancer through understanding, treatment and study of the social, psychological, emotional, spiritual and quality-of-life aspects of cancer. Visit for more information.

About the Canadian Cancer Survivor Network
The Canadian Cancer Survivor Network (CCSN) works to connect patients, survivors and other stakeholder groups with decision-makers and the wider community to engage in discussion and to act on evidence-based best practices to alleviate the medical, emotional, financial and social costs of cancer and encourage research on ways to overcome barriers to optimal cancer care and follow-up for survivors in Canada. Visit for more information.

About Lilly Oncology
For more than fifty years, Lilly has been dedicated to delivering life-changing medicines and support to people living with cancer and those who care for them. Lilly is determined to build on this heritage and continue making life better for all those affected by cancer around the world. To learn more about Lilly's commitment to people with cancer, please visit

About Lilly Canada
Lilly is a global healthcare leader that unites caring with discovery to make life better for people around the world. We were founded more than a century ago by Colonel Eli Lilly, a man committed to creating high quality medicines that meet people's needs, and today we remain true to that mission in all our work. Lilly employees work to discover and bring life-changing medicines to those who need them, improve the understanding and management of disease, and contribute to our communities through philanthropy and volunteerism. Eli Lilly Canada was established in 1938, the result of a research collaboration with scientists at the University of Toronto which eventually produced the world's first commercially-available insulin. Lilly Canada now employs nearly 400 people across the country, working in the areas of oncology, cardiovascular and endocrine disorders, men's and women's health, autoimmunity, neuroscience and diabetes. To learn more about Lilly Canada, please visit us at