Happy day Canada!










Canada day means a lot to my family. Being the descent of refugees from Latvia, I was raised to be very proud, and honored to call Canada my home country.

In honor of this great long weekend that’s approaching I thought to myself, who designed the Canadian Flag?

Our beautiful Flag was designed by a gentleman named George Stanley.

Out of three choices, the maple leaf design by George Stanley, based on the flag of the Royal Military College of Canada, was selected. The flag made its first official appearance on February 15, 1965; the date is now celebrated annually as National Flag of Canada Day.

While in Kingston he served as secretary and president of the Kingston Historical Society and edited Historic Kingston for several years. He was president of the Arts Society, director of the Art Collection Society, served on various committees working to save Kingston’s old limestone buildings, was president of the St. Andrew’s Society, and acted as clerk of his church’s vestry council. Stanley was president of the Canadian Historical Association (1955–1956), a member of the Massey Commission’s Committee on Historic Sites and Monuments (1950–1951), and a founding member of the Archaeological and Historic Sites Board of Ontario (1953–1969).

He was chairman of the federal government’s Centennial Publications Committee and acted as chairman of centennial celebrations in Pittsburgh Township, Ontario. While Stanley was at the Royal Military College, he suggested the design for the Canadian flag, which was adopted on 15 February 1965.

In 1981, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau appointed George Stanley the 25th Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick since Confederation.


I hope that everyone is enjoying this long weekend with friends and family – celebrating this great country!









a graphic designer in Barrie, Ontario

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