Waterloo - Montreal Canadiens Alumni hockey players will be in town March 3rd to
help raise money to honour Canada's fallen heroes.
Hockey Night in Waterloo is a fundraising event for the Portraits of Honour Foundation,
which recognizes the memory of soldiers, police officers and first responders who
lose their lives in service to Canada, and that honours all of our service men and
women that wear the uniform today. Canadiens Alumni will play a local team of Military,
OPP, Waterloo Regional Police and a civilian at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation
Centre, 101 Father David Bauer Dr., Waterloo. Admission is $25 to the 7 p.m. game.
Proceeds will go to the foundation started by Cambridge artist Dave Sopha, who has
made it his duty to paint the portraits of Canada's fallen as a public memorial.
"My biggest goal is to keep the awareness for our military and first responders.
Canada's soldiers work around the world keeping the peace, doing a job for Canadians
and doing a job right. I think we should be very proud of our military," Sopha says.
Dave spent more than 10,000 hours painting his original "Portraits of Honour" mural.
It's 42-feet long and nine-feet tall. It shows the faces of the 158 Canadian soldiers
who died in Afghanistan, in a sea of poppies. It toured Canada country in 2011.
Now, Sopha is working on more portraits of Canadian soldiers and first responders
who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.
Sopha is working on plans for a peace operations museum, perhaps at the Region of
Waterloo International Airport. He dreams of a permanent memorial to Canada's peacekeepers:
a place to showcase the artwork now on display in his studio at the KIN Canada national
headquarters in Cambridge.