When asked what he would be doing on his tour to Afghanistan, the Victoria, BC soldier answered:

“I’m going to be helping the Afghan people.”


The Greater Victoria Afghanistan Memorial Project (GVAMP) Society was established to create a memorial to honour the 163 Canadians who gave their lives and the over 40,000 who served in Afghanistan to help provide a better future for the children of that country.

Thanks to the efforts of a broad community of supporters, generous benefactors, numerous donors, The Province of British Columbia, Veterans Affairs Canada, the BC Afghanistan Memorial is now a reality.

Ongoing Support

The memorial has been gifted to the Province of British Columbia and the memorial society has wound down its affairs as of the end of 2017. For information on the memorial or to report any issues or concerns, please contact the PPCLI Association Victoria Branch at:




The Honourable Judith Guichon,

Lieutenant Governor

of British Columbia



Brigadier-General (Ret’d)

J. E. L. (Larry) Gollner

Board of Directors and Advisors

Front Row (l to r)

Major (Ret’d) Bruce Allan; Lt. Gen. (Ret’d) Kent Foster; Jack Bates; Lt. Col. David Myles; Capt. (Ret’d) Al Giesbrecht; Brig, Gen (Ret’d) J. E. L. (Larry) Gollner (Society President); Lt. Col. (Ret’d) Terrance Swan; Col. (Ret’d) Paul Crober; Brig. Gen. (Ret’d) Michael Heppell; Councilor Chris Coleman

 Back Row (l to r)

Col. (Ret’d) James Hammond; Dr. Richard Nuttall; Lt. Col. (Ret’d) Stanley Willow; John Azar; Lt. Col. Stephen Sawyer; Harold Leduc

Missing from group photo: Capt. (Ret’d) Don Lovell