Just in time for Pink Shirt Day on February 26th, Caledonia Regional student Grace Fenton designed the world’s first Pink Flag for Community Anti-bullying Awareness and Support. It was raised in both Hillsborough and Riverview, New Brunswick by the respective mayors.
The Flag Shop New Brunswick printed the 33″x72″ flag on 200d nylon and finished with grommets. Twelve flags were printed and are being handed to key people for photo ops with the hopes that the anti-bullying message will gain more traction across the country.
All across Canada, pride flags have been flying in support of LGBT rights as Canada participates in the Sochi Winter Olympics. The cities of Vancouver and Victoria raised their flags on the opening day of the Olympics. The BC Legislature took a little extra time to get theirs up, and The Flag Shop Victoria was integral to that process.
NDP MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert wrote to Speaker Linda Reid requesting that the flag be flown at the legislature, and the approval came through on Wednesday. Paul Servos, the owner of The Flag Shop Victoria, got a rush order for a 45″ x 90″ pride flag at 9 a.m. on Thursday. He managed to sew it all together from 200D nylon in the shop in time to deliver it by noon to the Office of Protocol, and the flag was raised around 1 pm. That’s quick service!
“In Victoria we enjoy these challenging projects as our smaller sewing room allows us to do customization creatively with excellent value for the customer” – Paul.
Here’s a video of the flag raising (bonus: you can also see how to rig a halyard with a flag that has a rope and toggle):
In addition, tomorrow is The Flag Shop Victoria’s 1 year anniversary of rejoining us! They have done some great projects over the past year.
We keep a mix of different examples of our products on hand in our upstairs corporate area to best show what our printers are capable of producing. Some of them are our own designs, some of them are second runs from previous jobs, and sometimes we see art come through that we like so much that we get permission to re-use it.
The Vancouver Aquarium has its Up Close exhibit coming up. As part of promoting it, they had blockout mesh banners made for the walkway next to the aquarium. We took that design and printed it on our Coast Display fabric and then attached that to an X Banner stand. Now it’s the first thing you see when you come upstairs!
The banners themselves went over well also:
“I did my walk through today and want to extend an extra huge thanks for once again making us look so amazingly good here at the Vancouver Aquarium.
Our banners are a big component of drawing in walking visitors from the park, the red is so vibrant, the animals tones are perfect, your team nailed it. Thank you so much.”
We regularly put up street banners are up across the city. Our flags wave from a multitude of municipal flagpoles across the country. These are some of our day-to-day jobs.
While we are invited to participate in municipal life as part of our stock in trade, sometimes we find ourselves involved in more personal projects.
A couple of years ago, we made a beautiful custom chuppah for a wedding.
And this week, we were contacted to make a banner to honour the life of a beloved member of the Vancouver community. We are honoured to have been chosen to make the flag and banner to commemorate the life of North Shore Rescue team leader Tim Jones.
His celebration of life on Saturday, January 25th includes a parade at 10:30 a.m. and ceremony at noon.
Bernard Avenue in Kelowna recently got an upgrade with the addition of new street banners featuring First Nations art. The banners feature five different designs with art by Janine Lott and Jordan Coble.
World Diabetes Day on November 14th raises awareness about diabetes and encourages advocacy and education about the disease. Its main theme for 2009 through 2013 has been education and prevention. The slogan for this year is “Diabetes: protect our future”.
In 2010, The Flag Shop New Brunswick made a flag for World Diabetes Day that is flown during the month of November in the communities of Dieppe, Moncton, and Riverview in New Brunswick. The 36″ x 72″ flag is printed on 200D nylon.
Here’s the first batch of the flags we made being put out on George Derby Centre’s lawn. There’s still time to make your pledge. Text FLAG to 45678 to donate $5 and pledge a flag in honour of a veteran.
For over 25 years, George Derby Centre in Burnaby, BC, has been providing nursing and medical care to their veteran-residents from across British Columbia. This year, the Centre is taking pledges to promote the awareness and honour the heroes amongst us for their extraordinary sacrifices.
To pledge a flag with a $5 donation, please text FLAG to 45678 from your mobile phone.
For every $5 donation they receive in pledges, a Canada flag will be placed on their lawn in honour of a veteran. These custom printed “George Derby Centre” Canada flags are weather-proof, produced by The Flag Shop Vancouver specifically for this purpose, and we are honored to support their “Pledge a Flag” awareness campaign.
Help them fill their lawn by November 11th, 2013!
All proceeds will go toward improving the lives of these unsung heroes at the George Derby Centre.
For more information about George Derby Centre or other ways to donate, please visit www.georgederbycentre.ca or call 604.527.4465.