2022: A Vancouver Military Dinner like no other

On the evening of April 9, 2022, close to 100 people – Canadian Armed Forces members, veterans, local business leaders, and curious civilians alike – came together at the historic Vancouver Club for the 7th Annual Vancouver Military Dinner. 
Following two years of COVID-related postponements, the Club’s Georgian Room was buzzing with excitement as guests joined the cocktail reception of the grandest Military Dinner yet. In addition to more guests, 2022 featured a larger and more elaborate dining room, a professional photographer and photo wall (courtesy of our sponsors at Brian Jessel BMW), and much more.

Vancouver Military Dinner Co-Presidents Scott Martin and Mark Adams pose with Retired Majors Jay Feyko and Rob Hicks, representatives of our 2022 Featured Charity, Soldier On Canada.

The evening was a unique mix of traditions from across the Canadian Armed Forces, featuring a naval-style dinner structure, an air force grace, an army toast to the fallen, and other customs from all corners of our military. Guests both in and out of uniform joined in, regaling the dining room with jokes, stories, and traditional banter.

Dinner President Jeff Lura briefs guests on the conduct of the evening.

Our Military Keynote Speaker – Maritime Forces and Joint Task Force Pacific Commander, Rear-Admiral Angus Topshee – spoke to the proud history of Canada’s Armed Forces, and of the importance of cooperation, both between the different elements of the Canadian Armed Forces, and between military personnel and those they serve. Charity Keynote Speaker, retired Major Rob Hicks, spoke of his long and distinguished career, his experiences as a member of Soldier On, and his time as Captain of Team Canada, Invictus Games 2018. He explained in eloquent and passionate fashion, the importance of the programs offered by Soldier On in helping ill and injured military personnel rehabilitate, recover, and find new purpose.

Diners enjoy their meals at the 7th Annual Vancouver Military Dinner.

By the end of the evening, the Vancouver Military Dinner had achieved its greatest success yet. Not only did more people than ever join us to immerse themselves in military culture, but our generous attendees committed nearly $60,000 to support Soldier On and Canada’s ill and injured heroes.

To our guests, supporters, and friends: Thank you. Thank you for caring so deeply for those who make the ultimate commitment to serve, and for the time-honoured traditions that form the foundation of military life. Thank you for taking a chance on our relatively young event, and for supporting it over the years. And thank you for your generosity, which will translate into a direct and significant positive impact on many veterans in need.

We’ll see you all in 2023!