Lapel Poppies

We started wearing handmade white poppies many years ago. For us, wearing both red and white poppies is a way of saying “Remember the fallen, including civilians, and work for peace”. We have had many meaningful conversations with strangers that started with “What’s the white poppy for?”.

I have always had respect and sympathy for veterans, who put their life, health and family on the line to serve. I believe they deserve recognition and support, but for years I was uncomfortable wearing a red poppy, because of the undercurrent of promotion and recruitment for current and future wars that I detect in many public events around the topic of supporting veterans. The white poppy attracts questions, and gives me a chance to explain the nuances of my support.
– Teresa Gagné, co-founder Vancouver White Poppies


This Year Wear a White Poppy…

  • – to commemorate all victims of war
  • – to mourn the environmental devastation it causes
  • – to reject war as a tool for social change
  • – to call for dialog and peaceful conflict resolution
  • – to show your commitment to building a better future

Where does your money go?   We distribute poppies by donation as a consciousness raiser, not a fundraiser – we just try to break even (not counting our hours, gas, …) . Importing poppies costs us ~$.98 ea. This money goes to the Peace Pledge Union in Britain and helps fund their excellent peace education work. Our additional expenses for pins, postage, envelopes & printing are ~$.27/poppy for a total of ~$1.25/poppy. Your donation of $1-$2/poppy lets us cover expenses and provide poppies at below cost to schools and disadvantaged groups.

Most depots with counter displays have run out of poppies

Rest of Canada

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Additional Sources: Purchase or make your own White Poppies