Annual Unsung Heroes Gala

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Good news folks, the Second Annual Unsung Heroes Gala has not been cancelled. It’s been postponed due to lingering Covid concerns. Please join us next April 1st, 2023, at the Sage Restaurant, UBC , to celebrate the colourful life and selfless accomplishments of Lt Gordon Flowerdew , a man who left his home in Walhachin BC to serve with Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) in the First World War. He led the 30 March 1918 cavalry charge at the Battle of Moreuil Wood but succumbed to his wounds shortly thereafter. He was awarded the Victoria Cross, posthumously, for his courage.

Lt Gordon Flowerdew

Coming from out of town or just don’t want to drink and drive? The UBC Conference Centre has accommodations available. For details and booking go to:

Our keynote speaker this year is Rear Admiral (Retired) Roger Girouard.

Master of Ceremonies: Lt.Col. James D. Barrett

Our beneficiaries next year are the Citadel Canine Society, and the UBC Equine Therapy Program.

Updated and Improved Menu

Main Course:

Pan Seared Fraser Valley Free Run Chicken Breast
celeriac puree, crisp pancetta & onion ragout, calvados apple ginger butter, baby carrots &

Allergens: milk, sulphites


Red Wine Braised Short Ribs
cauliflower & leek puree, sautéed greens, peppercorn demi-glace

Allergens: sulphites, milk, gluten, wheat, soy

($5.00 per person surcharge)


Wild Mushroom Risotto

fresh herbs, parmesan Reggiano cheese, truffle oil
fresh herbs, parmesan Reggiano cheese, truffle oil

Allergens: sulphites, milk


Warm Chocolate Fudge Brownie
vegan chocolate sauce, toasted almonds

Allergens: soy, tree nuts (almonds)

There will be a brief presentation on Lt Flowerdew before the dinner and our keynote speaker after the dinner.

Seating at the Sage restaurant restricts our numbers to 250. We are keeping numbers to 200, however, and tickets will cost $175 each. The Sage Restaurant offers a cash bar and port will be provided for the traditional toasts following the dinner. Tickets are now on sale, but in the event of cancellation of the dinner due to a resurgence of the Covid pandemic, full refunds will be made for tickets purchased.

Questions regarding this upcoming event may be directed to:

Allan Plett
Melanie Graham

About the Unsung Heroes Gala

The objective of an annual Unsung Heroes Gala celebrating those overlooked heroes of British Columbia is threefold. First and foremost is fundraising for Veterans projects and programs. Second is to raise awareness of the rich and colourful history of British Columbians who serve or have served in the Canadian Armed Forces, Regular, Reserve or Cadet Instructor Cadre. Third is to encourage Canadian filmmakers to tell the forgotten stories of those who have served. We believe that it is through story telling that we can help raise awareness in Canada of the important but often-overlooked role that our military has played in our history. To that end we hope that the Annual Unsung Heroes Gala will help us build to an Annual Canadian Military Film Festival.

We look forward this year to begin collaboration with the Chinese Canadian Military Museum Society on the development of the Unsung Heroes Gala as a successful Annual Vancouver event in that will come to accurately reflect the cultural diversity of our regional history.

We are looking for volunteers to help us in the months ahead to make sure that the 2023 Unsung Heroes Gala is so amazing that it does more than provide funds for our 2023 beneficiaries. We’d like it to lead to ongoing success as a popular annual Vancouver fundraising event that has the added benefit of drawing the attention and interest of Vancouver Filmmakers. Our Unsung Heroes have stories worth transforming into film! We’re hoping we can also turn this adventure into the launching of a Virtual Canadian Military Film Festival. Stay tuned for more on that topic.

Folks are encouraged to not only buy tickets, but to spread the word. Can’t attend but interested in sponsoring the dinner? Contact us (see above links) for either a donation or to sponsor someone else. We suggest a Veteran you think would benefit from participating in the evening, a film student, a local politician or someone you know in the media or film industry. Tax receipts will be available on request for the net of the ticket price (that’s $175 per person less costs) We’re also looking for donations of items for a pending silent auction.