Edmonton Food Bank

Soaring to New Heights with Canadian Pride

Posted on May 08, 2017

Soaring to New Heights with Canadian Pride

Edmonton, AB – As Canadians coast to coast share their red-and-white pride to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary, a special local tribute will be on display at Edmonton International Airport (EIA). Today, thanks to the generous donations to Edmonton’s Food Bank from ATB, Edmonton Eskimos, EIA, and Purolator Tackle Hunger, this uniquely Canadian gift will illustrate our pride to returning Canadians and international visitors. Canadian Pride will be on display across from the baggage carousels in the International Arrivals area.

“Canadian Pride is an expression of the spirit of compassion and teamwork that sits at the heart of who we are as a country,” said Her Honour, the Honourable Lois E. Mitchell, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta. “That spirit has carried us forward throughout our history, and we continue to see it today in the generosity of Ted Flower, the great team at Edmonton’s Food Bank and the caring partners who are helping to share this inspirational artwork with as many Canadians as possible.”

“This project exemplifies a unique way to support Edmonton’s Food Bank and also serves as a thank you to and commendation of all Canadians. As we embark on the celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday together, we are reminded that as a collective effort we are able to feed people in need,” said Marjorie Bencz, CM, Executive Director of Edmonton’s Food Bank. “Just like each stroke in Ted Flower’s Canadian Pride makes a difference, each one of us can make a difference and do some good in the world.”

About Canadian Pride and Ted Flower
Canadian Pride is an incredible ink on paper rendering of the Canadian Parliament Buildings nestled within the Canadian Flag. This work measures more than four feet wide by 13 feet long and took five-and-a-half years and 3,712 hours to complete, using 115 ballpoint pens. The artwork will temporarily be on display at EIA where travelers from around the world can admire the multi-layered detail and beauty of the piece. ATB, Edmonton Eskimos, EIA, and Purolator Tackle Hunger, generously donated to Edmonton’s Food Bank to make the Canadian Pride display possible.

“I am humbled that my doodles can bring so much joy. I’ve been able to combine two of my passions with this project,” said Ted Flower, Canadian Pride Artist. “I am able to share with the world my art while at the same time giving back to the community. I am a very passionate Canadian and I hope it shows in my work.”

Ted Flower hails from rural Alberta, west of Edmonton. He started creating art with ballpoint pens at the age of 12. Ted has an exceptional eye for detail and dedicates thousands of hours to creating large works of art using ballpoint pens on cotton paper. He has generously donated the sale and any reproductions of Canadian Pride to Edmonton’s Food Bank to support the work of ensuring individuals and families in need have access to nutritious food.