Remembering and Honouring the Life of Cliff Derksen

With profound sadness, we share that Cliff Derksen passed away last Sunday.


Cliff, and his wife, Wilma, are founding visionaries of Candace House. Following the murder of their 13-year-old daughter, Candace, in 1984, they dreamed of a place that could provide comfort, care, and refuge during interactions with the justice system for families like theirs. That vision became a reality in November of 2018.


Since then, every day at Candace House we seek to live out the tremendous spirit of love and care that Cliff so wholeheartedly embodied. He gave so much to his community and every person he met. His laugh, his art, his stories, and his heart, will be deeply missed.


We hold Wilma and the entire Derksen family so close to our thoughts and hearts during this time.