Supporting the public school teachers of BC

We are publicly throwing our support behind BC’s public school teachers who are currently on strike.

We are very busy trying to get this organized, but those of you in BC can join our Facebook group set up for organizing the campaign here. We are also posting updates to our twitter account and our main Facebook page.

We will have a press release as well as other materials soon.

Catch Susan on CBC’s Early Edition tomorrow at 7:20 a.m. on 88.1 FM and 690 AM.

Cambie Secondary contacts the International Space Station

Flag RentalsMarch 13, 2014 was the anniversary of Chris Hadfield becoming the first Canadian Commander of the International Space Station, and the day Cambie Secondary School in Richmond became the first school in Metro Vancouver to make contact with the International Space Station via amateur radio.

The Flag Shop is proud to have provided free flag rentals for the Canada, USA, Russia, and Japan flags displayed on the stage backdrop for this momentous event.

Banners for No More Cruelty

No More Cruelty

No More Cruelty was founded by Crystal (top left), our marketing manager at The Flag Shop head office. Together with her sister Rosemary (top right), they advocate and assist with various animal rescue efforts by coordinating with various volunteers and rescue groups in Taiwan.

When Crystal mentioned to Susan, our President, that she had to borrow a flag from the pet store to promote “Don’t buy! Adopt a pet” concept while she was on holiday in Taiwan this past January, Susan offered to support her efforts in animal rescue. Two 24″ x 33.5″ custom banners made with Coast Display were donated by The Flag Shop, one will be used in Taiwan and one in Canada.

The above picture was taken at the Taipei International Airport in March 2014. Crystal was the volunteer ambassador to accompany these seven rescued dogs to Canada where they had new homes waiting for them.

See other causes The Flag Shop Vancouver supports.

Some of our more personal jobs

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.

Custom Chuppah

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.

Donations in Tim Jones’s memory can be made to North Shore Search and Rescue at

Thank you, Tim, for your service, and thank you, North Shore Rescue, for letting us participate.

The flags are coming out at George Derby Centre!

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.

George Derby Centre Canadian flags - Made by The Flag Shop

George Derby Centre Canadian flags - Made by The Flag Shop

George Derby Centre Canadian flags - Made by The Flag Shop

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Pledge a Flag for George Derby Centre

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 or call 604.527.4465.

Click here to see the causes we support at The Flag Shop.

Supporting Big Brothers

BowlingIn March, we donated to the UBC Properties Trust team when they were fundraising for the event Bowl for Big Brothers Classic. In the end, they raised almost $1500 for the event which means that they received the 5-Course Tasting Menu for 2 at Diva at the Met for their team. Congratulations to all the teams who participated and made a difference!

Banner for Love World Run

Retractable BannerWhen Wayne Cho decided to raise awareness about mental illness (specifically anxiety and bipolar disorders), he did it with the activity that has helped him get a handle on both in his own life – running. With Love World Run, he completed a 8,200 km run across Canada in 2009, before embarking on a 7,500 km run across the USA that wrapped up in November 2012.

Up next – the world. After having completed his cross-country run of the US, he will start up again in London, England and make his way to Sydney, Australia.

We made this custom retractable banner for him to show our support for his cause, and we wish him the best of luck in reaching his ambitious goal!

A custom retractable banner for Dachshund Rescue Team

Dachshund Rescue Team custom bannerWe love dogs! Julia, our Business Development Manager, recently added to the pack that comes to our office by adopting a dog named Lizzy.

As a way of saying thank you to Dachshund Rescue Team for matching her with her new friend and facilitating the adoption process, we designed and printed a custom retractable banner for them.

Angela at Dachshund Rescue Team will be using it for different trade shows and events that they attend to spread awareness for their organization.


Going to the extremes

Our flags have gone to some hard to reach places before, but the South Pole beats the previous winner of Mt. Kilimanjaro for most remote!

The Flag Shop Toronto made the digitally printed 3′ x 5′ Yahoo! Canada flag which was taken by Dr. Heather Ross and the Test Your Limits Team to the South Pole to raise awareness for heart failure research, cardiac transplantation and heart health.

Congratulations on your successful journey!