My tribute to Alvin “Skip” Walker, through some of the work of the Ottawa Citizen reporters and photographers of the 1982-1983 seasons. What Ottawa Rough Riders fan couldn’t wait for Eddie MacCabe to break it all down for us? Would Wayne Cuddington get a photo of our favourite player that we could clip out of the paper? Or F. Scott Grant (see player card photo credit) and so many more talented writers and photojournalists.
As for Skip Walker, I will never forget that 1982 home game against Calgary, sitting in the $4 end zone seats with my friend Glen, as we ran up the score in that improbable 42-19 dominating victory in an otherwise pretty dreary season, and realizing “Skip might get 200 yards!” He did that (203) along with FOUR touchdowns. I remember always yelling at Glen (as if he didn’t know} WALKER IS STILL GOING! They just couldn’t bring him down.
He had another great season in 1983, but he was a light that burned bright and quickly. Back spasms, knee, and whatever else contributed to that “he’s lost a step” and that was pretty much it. But I will never forget the joy of those special games and memories. Rest in peace, Alvin Skip Walker, 1954-2022 (Age 67).
Keenan is a citizen of Ottawa (Ontario, Canada) and co-leader of a social change and community benefit organization, LiveWorkPlay.ca, a registered charity which helps the community welcome and include people with intellectual disabilities, autistic persons, and individuals with a dual diagnosis to live, work, and play as valued citizens. LiveWorkPlay was named Ottawa's Best Non-Profit of 2019 by the Ottawa Board of Trade and Ottawa Business Journal "Best Ottawa Business Awards "
With Julie Kingstone, Keenan is co-owner of Wellstone Leadership Services, dedicated to supporting a culture of excellence for non-profit, private sector, government organizations, collaborations, and partnerships.
Keenan is a founding member of the leadership group for the From Presence To Citizenship collaborative.
Keenan is a regular guest (monthly) of the News 1310 Power Lunch radio show, and he writes the monthly NPQ North column for Nonprofit Quarterly.
When not working and supporting various social causes, Keenan loves kayaking and wildlife photography, cheering for the Ottawa RedBlacks and Pittsburgh Steelers, and causing a disturbance on social media.