5th Annual Mike Gibson Memorial Golf Tournament

On June 13th, 2015 family, friends, and fellow golfers will gather for the 5th Annual Mike Gibson Memorial Golf (MGMG) Tournament to raise funds for the Canucks Place Children’s Hospice. The Tournament was started in June 2011 following the death of Vera Gibson’s son Mike who, alongside his high school sweetheart Kelly Pockett, were involved in an accident that took both of their lives while driving back from the family cabin near Penticton.

Each year about 65 participants ranging in age from teens to late sixties enter the Texas Scramble format tournament, which allows players of all skill sets to participate in a fun filled round of 18 holes. Following the tournament portion with prizes up for grabs, there’s a family style BBQ and silent auction / raffle hosted at the Gibson’s cabin. To date, $15,529 has been raised with no plans to end the tournament anytime soon. Vera says that the Canucks Place Children’s Hospice was specifically chosen because “helping other families who are dealing with challenging circumstances feels like a good fit.”


This year, after realizing that a windsurfing board and laminated photo of Mike used to promote the tournament was on its last leg, Vera visited The Flag Shop Vancouver to inquire about pricing for a custom flag that would be able to replace the damaged board. After coming across Vera during her in store visit (unaware that she was there to explore signage options), President Susan Braverman, touched by the story behind the tournament and Vera’s ability to turn her loss into something positive was happy to donate a flag of Vera’s choice. The final product – a feather flag specially designed for the tournament – speaks for itself!


With no official sponsors or staff, the tournament is truly a labor of love. As not only the main organizer but also an accomplished writer and certified life coach, Vera sees her involvement as an investment of time that would have been spent in other ways if Mike were still here. Instead of celebrating future birthdays and holidays together scattered over the years, Vera’s planning and hard work is a condensed ball of energy that gets poured into the weeks leading up to the event and on the tournament day every year. Although the pain that comes from losing a loved one never disappears, we couldn’t image a better way to celebrate Mike’s precious memory. Thank you for letting us be a part of your wonderful event!

If you know of a special event or charity that needs banners or signage, contact us to discuss how we can help your organization shine.

We are wearing pink today!

Staff in our stores across the country wore pink for Pink Shirt Day (February 25th)!

The Flag Shop Vancouver donated 1,000 Anti-Bullying paper stick flags to I Am Someone‘s annual Walk2Talk event on February 22nd.

Working together to end bullying

Susan Braverman, President of The Flag Shop, was bullied in grade 8 and will never forget the trauma of having to change schools to escape the torment. She was one of the lucky ones who had the support of her family to help her through a devastating period, but not everyone does. Ever since then, Susan has been conscious of what bullying can do to people.

In early 2014, The Flag Shop was asked to produce a flag based on the winning design for a Pink Shirt Day competition submitted by Grace Fenton, a Grade 7 student from New Brunswick. Susan immediately knew that she had found the perfect design to represent The Flag Shop’s Anti-Bullying Campaign, an initiative that all 13 shops across Canada were strongly committed to championing.

img-antibullying-susanBy the end of 2014, The Flag Shop was granted exclusive rights to use Grace Fenton’s design for any campaigns that would help communicate the important message that “Bullying is not acceptable and needs to be stopped.”

The Flag Shop team was ecstatic because Grace’s design offers a positive message representing helping those who need our help. It is easily understood by everyone.

Bullying is a serious problem, whether it’s happening at school, at work, on the internet or for racial, sexual or other predatory reasons. This problem is much bigger than people may be aware of or willing to admit, and The Flag Shop is committed to spreading the message that EVERY DAY IS ANTI-BULLYING DAY!

At The Flag Shop, we believe that business is about more than just the bottom line. With the launch of our Anti-Bullying Initiative, we are doing what we can to raise awareness across Canada that bullying behaviour is unacceptable.

The Flag Shop Anti-Bullying products price points have been established to enable fundraising initiatives across Canada, whether it be for your school, workplace, or social group. In addition, partial proceeds from every Anti-Bullying product sold will go into a fund to support product donations for Anti-Bullying awareness efforts.

The entire Flag Shop team is committed to spreading this Anti-Bullying message! We will continue to add new products based on Grace’s design and over time, as our fund grows, our capability to accept donation requests for products to support Anti-Bullying campaigns will increase. Donation requests can be submitted at any of our Flag Shop locations, from coast to coast.

The Flag Shop is committed to raising awareness that bullying behaviour inflicts tremendous damage, and while we cannot change the past, we can do our part to influence the future. With the support of our fellow Canadians, we will strive for to make our already amazing country BECOME BULLY FREE – a country where EVERY DAY IS ANTI-BULLYING DAY!

All of The Flag Shop’s Anti-Bullying products are available online and at each of the 13 Flag Shop locations across Canada.

See www.antibullyingflag.ca for more information.



The Flag Shop in the news for Flag Day

Rebecca Bollwitt of Miss604 wrote this nice profile of us.

Xinhuanet came in to do a photo shoot of Canada flags being made and displayed in our store.

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AM1470 came in to report on us for the radio.


Phyllis and The Flag Shop Edmonton celebrate Flag Day and 25 years in business.


Judy Denham from The Flag Shop Saskatoon sewed Canada flags at the Diefenbaker Centre on Flag Day.


The Flag Shop invites you to come see the making of high quality Canada flags as we get ready for the 50th Anniversary of the Canadian flag on February 15th


The Flag Shop is excited to be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the National Flag of Canada and invites you to visit our production department while we make high-quality, appliqué sewn Canada Flags. Demonstrations are available, by appointment, throughout the first two weeks of February at participating Flag Shop locations from coast to coast.

The Flag Shop has been proudly making Canada Flags since 1975 and was the first retail flag store in the world.

The Flag Shop’s appliqué sewn Canada flag is beautiful to behold, yet incredibly durable and strong. It consists of three 200 Denier nylon panels sewn together for amazing strength and durability. The Maple Leaf is then appliqué sewn onto the centre panel. These flags can be finished with either a rope & toggle or grommets, or with an open sleeve.

Hanna has been sewing Canada flags for The Flag Shop since 1978.

The Flag Shop is excited to announce that we are participating in the 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION by offering 3’ x 6’ Appliqué Sewn CANADA FLAGS at the amazing low price of $50 each. This enables every Canadian regardless of racial, religious or cultural background, the opportunity to own a high-quality custom-made CANADA flag.

To ensure that as many as possible are able to participate in this offer, it is restricted to in-store purchases only, limited to two flags per customer and available while quantities last. Offer expires on Saturday February 14, 2015.

“We are so excited to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the CANADA flag!” says Susan Braverman, President of The Flag Shop. “My mother, Doreen Braverman, opened the first specialty flag store in Canada in 1975 when I was 7 years old. With hard work and the support of our fellow Canadians, we’ve been able to grow to 13 Flag Shops from coast to coast. Canada is this most amazing country and I am so proud to be Canadian. I want everyone to feel the emotion and pride that comes with flying our CANADA flag!”

The Flag Shop is Canada’s leading manufacturer of flags and banners. We are 100% Canadian Owned and offer one stop shopping for all patriotic paraphernalia, world flags, flagpoles and all flag-related products.

We are proudly Canadian!

Please contact The Flag Shop location nearest you to schedule an appointment!


The Flag Shop Vancouver
(Head Office)
1615 Powell Street, Vancouver, BC V5L 1H5 (604) 736-8161
The Flag Shop Victoria 822 Fort Street, Victoria, BC V8W 1H8 (250) 383-3524
The Flag Shop Calgary 7810 Macleod Trail SE, Calgary, AB T2H 0L9 (403) 640-1842
The Flag Shop Edmonton 15507 Stony Plain Road, Edmonton, AB T5P 3Z1 (780) 484-5850
The Flag Shop Saskatoon 309B – 33rd Street West, Saskatoon, SK S7L 0V3 (306) 651-3524
The Flag Shop Winnipeg 1195 Pembina Highway, Winnipeg, MB R3T 2A5 (204) 452-2689
The Flag Shop London 150 Exeter Road, London, ON N6L 1G9 (519) 652-2256
The Flag Shop Toronto Unit B, 5000 Dufferin Street, Toronto, ON M3H 5T5 (416) 736-3524
The Flag Shop Ottawa 838 Bank Street, Ottawa, ON K1S 3W1 (613) 789-5456
Le Flag Shop Montréal 3187 rue St-Jacques, #100, Montréal, QC H4C 1G7 (514) 396-3524
The Flag Shop New Brunswick 201 Champlain Street, Dieppe, NB E1A 1N9 (506) 389-3524
The Flag Shop Nova Scotia 115 Main Street, Dartmouth, NS B2X 1R6 (902) 434-1695

If you have any questions please contact The Flag Shop nearest you.

Highlights from 2014

Every year is a banner year for us! Here are just a few major projects and jobs we have undertaken this year as well as a few more personal items.


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We had our AGM in sunny Ottawa. Banners for Vancouver Aquarium’s Up Close exhibit went up
We helped North Shore Search & Rescue honour the late Tim Jones.



The 2014 Winter Olympics took place in Sochi. We sold a lot of flags! (But not as many as 2010)



TED Talks came to town. Science World celebrated 25 years as a Vancouver institution.


Richmond banners went up featuring art from its annual contest winners.



Banners for Cirque du Soleil’s Totem went up around town.



Curtis Wilson’s Canadian Native Flag debuted for Aboriginal Day. The 2014 World Cup was played in Brazil.



The Kitsilano West 4th BIA pulled together a “Meet the Merchants” campaign with 70 portraits of local business employees and owners. A flag made for First Nations artist Beau Dick crossed the country to Ottawa for a copper cutting ceremony designed to shame the federal government.



The Vancouver Aquarium announced the opening of its expansion. Rainbow Refugee Pride documentary filmed a scene in our store.



BCIT celebrated its 50th anniversary. We supported the teachers during their strike.
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Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation made a lot of people aware. Our business development manager, Julia, got married.



Vancouver Opera banners went onto the Burrard Street Bridge. To commemorate 100 years since the start of World War I, we began offering the Canadian Red Ensign from that era.
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The My Credit Union Matters campaign helped credit unions get the word out that they were in danger of losing a valuable tax credit. We began offering products exclusively for Co-Op Canada.




We got a new digital printer! The first of our Antibullying flag products arrived.


Coming up in 2015:

We turn 40!

The Canadian Flag turns 50 years old.

Our new Anti-bullying flag will debut for Pink Shirt Day (February 25th).

…and lots more! We hope you join us.

Happy Halloween!

Some highlights from Halloween at The Flag Shop Vancouver this year:


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“Respect Our Teachers” current product availability

Items available by donation:

  • 4″ x 6″ Paper Stick Flags – Suggested donation: $.25 each ($250 per box).
  • 8.5″ x 11″ Posters – Suggested donation: Whatever you want. We just want to see them out there.
  • 2.25″ Round Buttons – Suggested donation: $.25.
  • 2.5″ x 10.5″ Bumper Stickers – Suggested donation: $1


Items for sale:

Car Flags

Price: $20 for the public, $10 for teachers with ID

Feather Flags

Price: The discounted prices are FOR teachers or the official organizers supporting teachers. Anyone in the public who wants to support the teachers will receive a 25% discount off the regular prices below.

8.5 feather flag on a 10.2 ft pole
Flag/pole/ground spike: $150.00 (Regular price is $280.00)
Flag/pole/flat metal base: $160.00 (regular price is $305.00)

If you want to buy these à la carte:
Flag – $70 (regular $140)
Pole: $50 (regular $90)
Ground Spike: $30 (regular $50)
Flat Metal base: $40 (regular $75)






Our Vancouver store is at 1615 Powell Street, and we are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Please send us photos of all of these items in action! We’d appreciate it.

“Respect Our Teachers” paper flags


Paper flags just got here! And by paper flags, we mean just the paper. Now comes the labour intensive part where we hand staple all of them to the sticks.

We invite you to come pick them up in our store (1615 Powell Street) on Saturday afternoon and distribute them at the rallies at the Vancouver Art Gallery (Sunday morning 10 a.m.) and Holland Park in Surrey (Sunday evening 5 p.m.).

The paper flags are FREE to take to rallies, protests, and picket lines. If for some reason they are not all distributed, you can bring them back to us so we can keep giving them out. Or if people start tossing them, they can be collected and brought back. We’ll recycle the ones in rough shape.

Some people have given us donations for the free items to help us cover costs which we definitely appreciate and only use to keep making more items. These are not expected, just appreciated and we wanted to acknowledge that.

The 8.5″x11″ posters are available now.

Everyone has been very cooperative and reasonable with what they take so far, and we really appreciate it! Thanks for letting us help fight this battle.

See the most recent post here.

Susan’s interview in the Vancouver Courier

Photo by Dan Toulgoet

Read Susan’s interview with Cheryl Rossi about The Flag Shop’s involvement in supporting the BC teachers on strike.