“This is a woman who is defined by her willingness to learn and her intense drive to help others.”
-Jeanne Beker

Joan Kelley Walker embodies the essence of versatility, compassion, and entrepreneurial spirit. With a multifaceted career spanning philanthropy, media, fashion, and everything in between, she has left an indelible mark on various industries and communities worldwide.

From her early days in the newsroom to gracing the runways of renowned fashion houses, Joan's journey has been as dynamic as it is inspiring. As a seasoned broadcaster, writer, and producer, she captivated audiences with her elegant storytelling and timeless style. Her transition to television, notably on the hit series “The Real Housewives of Toronto”, catapulted her into the spotlight, where she seamlessly blended her media presence with her passion for fashion with her national brand “The Joan Kelley Walker Collection”

Amidst her bustling career, Joan remains deeply committed to philanthropy, embarking on numerous humanitarian missions across the globe. From New York to Kenya, Rwanda to Cambodia, she has collaborated with esteemed organizations such as World Vision, Right to Play, and the UN, addressing issues ranging from HIV/AIDS and clean water to poverty alleviation and gender equality. Her experiences on these journeys have not only shaped her perspective but also fueled her advocacy, as she tirelessly utilizes her platform to shed light on the realities of need and the impactful work being done to address it.

Beyond her philanthropic endeavors, Joan's contributions to various facets of society have earned her widespread recognition and accolades. From TEDx talks to gracing the
covers of prestigious magazines, her influence extends far beyond the realms of fashion and media. As the founder of the Give Back collective and the Ben Lefevre Mental Health Impact Fund, she continues to champion causes close to her heart, supporting over and empowering communities worldwide.

Joan's dedication to making a positive difference has not gone unnoticed, as evidenced by the numerous awards and honors she has received throughout her career. From the
Embassy of Gabon's "Women Who Work" award to the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal bestowed by Queen Elizabeth herself, her contributions to Canadian fashion and global humanitarian efforts have been celebrated on both national and international stages.

As she continues to evolve and expand her impact, Joan remains a beacon of inspiration, embodying the values of compassion, resilience, and empowerment in all her endeavors. Whether hosting charitable events, or advocating for social change, she exemplifies what it means to lead with purpose and grace.

“She is the power in empowerment”
-Dauphine Magazine

Recognition and Awards

‘Global Impact’ Award (2019)

‘Global Impact’ Award from The Women of Inspiration.

‘Women Who Work’ Award (2019)

‘Women Who Work’ Award honoured by the Embassy of Gabon.

‘The Contribution to Canadian Fashion’ award (2018)

‘The Contribution to Canadian Fashion’ award by the International Fashion Encounter recognized for her impact and contribution to the Canadian Fashion community.

‘Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal’ (2016)

‘Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal’ presented to Joan by Command of Her Majesty The Queen. The Diamond Jubilee Medal is presented in commemoration of the sixtieth anniversary of Her Majesty’s Accession to the Throne and in recognition of her contribution to Canada.

‘Heroes for Children-Power of Generosity’ Award (2016)

‘Heroes for Children-Power of Generosity’ Award, considered World Vision’s highest honour. As part of her work with World Vision, having returned from work in Kenya and Tanzania in response to the HIV and AIDS debacle, in 1995.

‘Mother Teresa’ Award (2016)

Joan was awarded the ‘Mother Teresa’ Award from Athol Murray College of Notre Dame; recognized for her outstanding work with World Vision.