Frank Flaman, HS ’52

Founder, Frank Flaman Foundation

2008 Honouree

After graduating from Campion High School in 1952, Frank Flaman set up roots on the family homestead in Southey, Saskatchewan. From his farm, he turned what was first an entrepreneurial venture reselling grain bins into a diverse group of companies operating retail stores across Western Canada.

A very successful businessman, Mr. Flaman has transferred his work philosophy of treating customers with care and respect to a way of life by sharing his good fortune with those in need. Over the years, Mr. Flaman has made significant contributions to countless charities.

In 2005, Mr. Flaman established the Frank Flaman Foundation. Funded by the profits from the Flaman Group of Companies and private donations, the Flaman Foundation supports a long list of local and global charities including Development and Peace, Catholic Social Services, Lurana Shelter and WIN House (Edmonton women’s Shelter Inc.), Mother Teresa Missionaries of Charity, Kids Kottage, Change for Children, World Vision and Operation Eye Sight. Thanks to Mr. Flaman’s generosity, over 5,000 individuals in the developing world have had their eyesight restored, women and children fleeing domestic violence have a place to find refuge, and families in developing countries are given the resources to overcome poverty and social injustice.

The example Mr. Flaman sets as a man for others goes beyond making personal donations and raising funds for charitable causes. He is personally involved in projects to help the less fortunate and encourages others to do the same. Recently, Mr. Flaman traveled with a group of his employees to Nicaragua where they helped to build water wells in communities that did not have access to clean drinking water.