Mainland BC Military Family Resource Centre receives $10,000 from the Bell True Patriot Love Fund to support Canadian Armed Forces members, veterans and their families

Published: May 31, 2016

Mainland BC MFRC

Vancouver, BC, May 31, 2016 – Mainland BC Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC) is pleased to receive a $10,000 grant from the Bell True Patriot Love Fund to support training that aims to empower spouses of those diagnosed with Operational Stress Injuries as a result of service.

Through workshops and presentations, the training teaches spouses of active military and veterans who are diagnosed with Operational Stress Injuries (OSIs) important skills to help themselves and their families cope. The Mainland BC MFRC has partnered with the Operational Stress Injury Social Support (OSISS) to source participants, staff and volunteers for the training. Workshops offered include: First Aid, Interior Design, Car Maintenance and ‘Psychological First Aid Kit’.

“We know that the military families we serve are resilient, but we also know that the ability to adapt and bounce back can take work,” said Tracy Cromwell, Executive Director, Mainland BC MFRC. “We are grateful that Bell and True Patriot Love support our mission to strengthen families and have provided this grant for us to offer our “Empowering Resilience” workshop to people throughout the province.”

The Mainland BC Military Family Resource Centre is a not-for-profit charitable organization that provides programs and service to the Canadian Armed Forces members and their families throughout British Columbia, excluding Vancouver Island and Haida Gwaii (those are cared for by Esquimalt or Comox MFRCs).

“Bell Let’s Talk is proud to support Canadian Armed Forces members and veterans who are living with OSIs with this donation to the Mainland BC Military Family Resource Centre from the Bell True Patriot Love Fund,” said Mary Deacon, Chair of Bell Let’s Talk. “MFRCs are making a real difference in the lives of people who have given so much to their country, providing them with increased access to mental health programs in the communities where they live.”

Launched in 2013, the Bell True Patriot Love Fund is a $1-million program providing grants from $5,000 up to $25,000 to community mental health initiatives for Canadian military families, veterans and serving members. Since its launch, the Fund has provided 48 grants to programs delivered through MFRCs and other charities that work to improve access to mental health care in military communities across Canada.  The 2016 Bell True Patriot Love Fund will launch in June and applications will be accepted online at www.truepatriotlove.com.

Bell Let’s Talk CEO, Mary Deacon (left) and True Patriot Love CEO, Bronwen Evans (right) presenting the funds to Doug Gaynor, Chair of the Mainland BC MFRC.

About True Patriot Love Foundation

True Patriot Love Foundation (TPL) is a national charity that honours the sacrifices of members of the Canadian Armed Forces, veterans and their families in both times of peace and conflict. TPL funds unique programs and innovative research in the areas of family health and support, physical health and rehabilitation, mental health and wellbeing, and research and innovation. TPL is also committed to bridging the gap between military and civilian communities, hosting multinational symposiums and organizing ambitious global expeditions. Since 2009, True Patriot Love has committed more than $14.9 million to support military charities and research across Canada. For more information, visit www.truepatriotlove.com.

About Bell Let’s Talk

The Bell Let’s Talk initiative promotes Canadian mental health with national awareness and anti-stigma campaigns like Bell Let’s Talk Day and significant Bell funding of community care and access, research, and workplace initiatives. To learn more, please visit Bell.ca/LetsTalk.

About the Mainland BC MFRC

The Mainland BC MFRC is one of 32 MFRCs located in Canada that were created in 1991 by the Department of National Defence in conjunction with the Military Family Support Program. The Mainland

MFRC empowers and supports families of CAF members within our service area British Columbia, excluding Vancouver and Haida Gwaii. Programs are offered in five mandated areas: information and referral, children and youth, education and quality of life, volunteer development and involvement, as well as crisis intervention. To learn more, visit www.familyforce.ca/sites/MainlandBC.

 

For more information, please contact:

Tracy Cromwell

Executive Director, Mainland BC Military Family Resource Centre

tracy@bcmfrc.com

(604) 225 2520 ext. 2709

 

Amy Simmonds

Communications Coordinator, True Patriot Love Foundation

asimmonds@truepatriotlove.com

(647) 628 9241

@tplfoundation

 

 


True Patriot Love Foundation presents $250,000 cheque to Prospect Human Services to support veterans’ transition program

Published: April 22, 2016

Calgary, AB (April 21, 2016) – Prospect Human Services is pleased to receive a $250,000 donation from True Patriot Love Foundation to support its military employment transition program, Forces@WORK.

Prospect’s Forces@WORK program is a rapid, direct, job placement and retention service designed for Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members and veterans, specifically: the ill and injured population, those facing a complex transition, or facing a challenge securing stable and accommodating civilian employment that maximizes their career potential.

In 2010, Prospect reconnected with the challenges military personnel often face in transitioning to civilian employment, and quickly recognized how its employment placement and retention model could fill a critical gap in the existing transition services for Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel and employers.

Prospect designed the Forces@WORK pilot program to address the gap and has been serving CAF members and veterans in Alberta and Northern Canada since 2012. There are a number of great services that get individuals to the point of transition – Forces@WORK gets the individual and the employer through the transition process and ensures the placement stabilizes. Since 2012, Forces@WORK has worked with over 500 individuals. The funds from True Patriot Love were used to support over 140 placements for Alberta-based veterans during 2015.

According to Prospect CEO Melanie Mitra, “This funding from True Patriot Love has come at the perfect time. While the job market has become extremely competitive, employers are prioritizing skilled candidates and they’re recognizing that the people Forces@WORK serves ¬ including the ill and injured – have the skills they’re looking for. Forces@WORK has demonstrated the need for hands-on placement and retention services, and will continue to help veterans and their families maintain their quality of life.”

The $250,000 donation was raised directly from the ‘True Patriot Love Scotiabank Expedition: Antarctica’, the third expedition that True Patriot Love has organized since 2011. The expedition, which took place earlier this year, required the civilian participants to fundraise a minimum of $50,000 as part of their expedition adventure.

“True Patriot Love is proud to support Prospect’s Forces@WORK program,” said Bronwen Evans, CEO, True Patriot Love Foundation. “Providing many deserving veterans’ with access to the support they need during their challenging transition to a civilian life, will make a real difference in their lives.”

The cheque presentation took place at the Prospect Human Services head office, located in Calgary.

Prospect Cheque Presentation Photo

L-R: Meg Hinton, Prospect Board Co-chair; Melanie Mitra, Prospect CEO; Bronwen Evans, True Patriot Love CEO; Robert Pearce, Prospect Board Co-chair.

About True Patriot Love Foundation

True Patriot Love Foundation (TPL) is a national charity that honours the sacrifices of members of the Canadian Armed Forces, veterans and their families in both times of peace and conflict. TPL funds unique programs and innovative research in the areas of family health and support, physical health and rehabilitation, mental health and wellbeing, and research and innovation. TPL is also committed to bridging the gap between military and civilian communities, hosting multinational symposiums and organizing ambitious global expeditions. Since 2009, True Patriot Love has committed more than $15.3 million to support military charities and research across Canada. For more information, visit www.truepatriotlove.com.

About Prospect Human Services

Prospect Human Services helps people who are experiencing barriers to employment overcome those barriers and find good jobs. Recognized as one of Alberta’s most innovative not-for-profits, Prospect has decades of experience in creating programs to help unemployed and underemployed Albertans. For more information, visit www.prospectnow.ca or www.forcesatwork.ca.

For more information, please contact:

Steve Williams

Director of Marketing and Communications, Prospect

Steve.Williams@prospectnow.ca

(403) 273 2822

@viableprospect

 

Amy Simmonds

Communications Coordinator, True Patriot Love Foundation

asimmonds@truepatriotlove.com

(647) 628 9241

@tplfoundation

 


Strongest Families Institute receives $25,000 from the Bell True Patriot Love Fund to support Canadian Armed Forces members, veterans and their families

Published: April 7, 2016

Strongest Families

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Strongest Families Institute receives $25,000 from the Bell True Patriot Love Fund to support Canadian Armed Forces members, veterans and their families

Halifax, NS, April 7, 2016 – Strongest Families Institute (SFI) is pleased to receive a $25,000 grant from the Bell True Patriot Love Fund to support the expansion of services for military families in Atlantic Canada.

The programs offered to military families include assistance for children with anxiety or behavioural issues. The SFI programs are customized to address the unique transitions and challenges that military and veterans’ families face and are made available to families where they live.  Program coaches work directly with the families through evidence-based telephone scripts and are trained to guide the conversation to find solutions for the unique needs of each family.

“Our programs have successfully helped military families through challenging transitions such as deployments and reintegration, training requirements, and frequent postings,” said Dr. Patricia Lingley-Pottie, President and Chief Executive Officer, Strongest Families Institute. “Coaches customize care to meet the needs of military families to help them learn skills to better manage the unique challenges of military life, regardless of geographic location. Addressing issues early and strengthening family relationships will improve overall quality of life and well-being of military children, youth and families. Receiving the Bell True Patriot Love funding will allow us to help more families.”

Based in Halifax, Strongest Families Institute is focused on ensuring that healthcare and mental health services are accessible to everyone. SFI leverages research, technology and highly skilled staff to deliver evidence-based programs to children and families for mild to moderate mental health issues and other issues effecting health and well-being. The Bell True Patriot Love Fund grant will support the expansion of the program in Atlantic Canada, benefiting military families located in Halifax and surrounding areas.

“Bell Let’s Talk is proud to support Strongest Families Institute with a grant from the Bell True Patriot Love Fund,” said Mary Deacon, Chair of Bell Let’s Talk. “Providing military and veterans’ families with access to services to improve child and family mental health and well-being in the communities where they live, will make a real difference in their lives.”

Launched in 2013, the Bell True Patriot Love Fund is a $1-million program providing grants from $5,000 up to $25,000 to community mental health initiatives for Canadian military families, veterans and serving members. Since its launch, the Fund has provided 32 grants to programs delivered through MFRCs and other charities that work to improve access to mental health care in military communities across Canada.

Strongest Families pic

From left to right: Mary Deacon, Chair, Bell Let’s Talk, Dr. Patricia Lingley-Pottie, President and CEO, Strongest Families Institute & Bronwen Evans, CEO, True Patriot Love Foundation

 

About True Patriot Love Foundation

True Patriot Love Foundation (TPL) is a national charity that honours the sacrifices of members of the Canadian Armed Forces, veterans and their families in both times of peace and conflict. TPL funds unique programs and innovative research in the areas of family health and support, physical health and rehabilitation, mental health and wellbeing, and research and innovation. TPL is also committed to bridging the gap between military and civilian communities, hosting multinational symposiums and organizing ambitious global expeditions. Since 2009, True Patriot Love has committed more than $15.3 million to support military charities and research across Canada.

About Strongest Families Institute

Strongest Families Institute is a not-for-profit company helping families access timely services. Strongest Families services are proven evidence-based intervention programs that have helped thousands of children overcome common problems, such as behaviour and anxiety, in the comfort and privacy of their own homes. The goal is to treat problems early to prevent them from getting worse. For more information, visit www.strongestfamilies.com.

For more information, please contact:

Theresa Cunningham,

Office Manager, Strongest Families Institute

tcunningham@strongestfamilies.com

(902) 442 9520

Twitter.com/SFI_Info

Facebook.com/strongestfamilies

 

Amy Simmonds

Communications Coordinator, True Patriot Love Foundation

asimmonds@truepatriotlove.com

(647) 628 9241

@tplfoundation

 


Calgary Military Family Resource Centre receives $25,000 from the Bell True Patriot Love Fund to support Canadian Armed Forces members, veterans and their families

Published: January 26, 2016

Calgary MFRC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January, 26th, 2016

Calgary Military Family Resource Centre receives $25,000 from the Bell True Patriot Love Fund to support Canadian Armed Forces members, veterans and their families

Calgary, AB – The Calgary Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC) is delighted to announce that it has received a $25,000 grant from the Bell True Patriot Love Fund, which will allow the MFRC to expand its outreach to military couples coping with OSI and PTSD.

Calgary MFRC will bring together 80 participants in a 2-day “Moving Forward Retreat.” The Bell True Patriot Love Fund grant will go towards providing programming from 20 mental health service providers and speakers, who will offer support and insight to the couples throughout the retreat.

“As a retired CAF member with a diagnosed OSI, I understand firsthand the difficulty of both recognizing such an issue and seeking help in dealing with it,” said Charles Hamel, MFRC Board Chair and retired CAF Colonel. “Having recently been involved with TPL on a fundraising level, it has provided me insight on the extraordinary level of advocacy that exist in the private sector in support of our troops, as well as the hard work and dedication of the volunteer board members and staff involved in fundraising events. The Bell True Patriot Love grant will allow the MFRC to connect community partners with military families ready to embark on their recovery journey, and show those not quite ready that assistance is there when they are. Every dollar of this grant will help change the lives of our most selfless individuals, giving them the freedom they gave us.”

“Bell Let’s Talk is proud to support Canadian Armed Forces members and veterans who are struggling with OSI and PTSD through the Calgary Military Family Resource Centre with this donation from the Bell True Patriot Love Fund,” said Mary Deacon, Chair of Bell Let’s Talk. “MFRCs are making a real difference in the lives of people who have given so much to their country, providing them with increased access to mental health programs in the communities where they live.”

Launched in 2013, the Bell True Patriot Love Fund is a $1-million program providing grants from $5,000 up to $25,000 to community mental health initiatives for Canadian military families, veterans and serving members. Since its launch, the Fund has provided 32 grants to programs delivered through MFRCs and other charities that work to improve access to mental health care in military communities across Canada.

Bell Let’s Talk Day is tomorrow

The 6th annual Bell Let’s Talk Day is tomorrow, January 27. For every text message, wireless and long distance call made by Bell customers on January 27, or for every tweet using #BellLetsTalk, and every Facebook share of the Bell Let’s Talk Day image at Facebook.com/BellLetsTalk, Bell will donate 5 cents to support Canadian mental health programs. On Bell Let’s Talk Day 2015, a record 122,150,772 calls, tweets, texts, calls and shares resulted in Bell committing a further $6,107,538.60 to Canadian mental health programs.

Bell’s donations are made at no extra charge to Bell Let’s Talk Day participants, though normal long distance or text charges, if any, apply.

Calgary MFRC Cheque Presentation

TPL representatives presenting the $25,000 grant to the Calgary MFRC on January 26, 2016

About Bell Let’s Talk

The Bell Let’s Talk initiative promotes Canadian mental health with national awareness and anti-stigma campaigns, like Clara’s Big Ride for Bell Let’s Talk and Bell Let’s Talk Day, and significant Bell funding of community care and access, research, and workplace initiatives. To learn more about the Bell Let’s Talk campaign, and to download the Bell Let’s Talk toolkit to help get the conversation started, please visit Bell.ca/LetsTalk.

About True Patriot Love Foundation

True Patriot Love Foundation (TPL) is a national charity that honours the sacrifices of members of the Canadian Armed Forces, veterans and their families in both times of peace and conflict. TPL funds unique programs and innovative research in the areas of family health and support, physical health and rehabilitation, mental health and wellbeing, and research and innovation. TPL is also committed to bridging the gap between military and civilian communities, hosting multinational symposiums and organizing ambitious global expeditions. Since 2009, True Patriot Love has committed more than $15.1 million to support military charities and research across Canada. For more information, visit www.truepatriotlove.com.

About the Calgary MFRC

The Calgary MFRC is one of 32 MFRCs located in Canada that were created in 1991 by the Department of National Defence in conjunction with the Military Family Support Program. The Calgary MFRC empowers and supports families of CAF members within our service area of Southern Alberta, including Red Deer and south to Lethbridge. Their programs and services include prevention, support and intervention services, social activities and events (Stampede Breakfast, Christmas party), personal development workshops, family separation and reunification support, counselling, crisis intervention, child and youth programs, discounted admission passes, and more. To learn more, visit calgarymfrc.ca.

For more information, please contact:

Tessa Clayton

Communications Coordinator, Calgary MFRC

tessa.clayton@calgarymfrc.ca

(403) 410 2320 Ext. 3558

 

Amy Simmonds

Communications Coordinator, True Patriot Love Foundation

asimmonds@truepatriotlove.com

(647) 628 9241

@tplfoundation

 


Bell Let’s Talk and True Patriot Love Foundation announce the 2015 Bell True Patriot Love Fund Grant Recipients

Published: January 25, 2016

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For immediate release

Bell Let’s Talk and True Patriot Love Foundation announce the 2015 Bell True Patriot Love Fund Grant Recipients

MONTRÉAL, January 25, 2016 – Bell Let’s Talk and the True Patriot Love Foundation today announced the 2015 Bell TruePatriot Love Fund grant recipients. Fifteen organizations providing mental health support to military families, serving members and veterans across Canada are receiving grants totaling $250,000.

“Bell Let’s Talk is proud to support the incredible work being done by the latest recipients of the Bell True Patriot Love Fund. These organizations are making a real difference in the lives of veterans, military members and their families, providing them with increased access to mental health programs in the communities where they live,” said Mary Deacon, Chair of Bell Let’s Talk.

Launched in 2013, the Bell True Patriot Love Fund is a $1-million program providing grants from $5,000 up to $25,000 to community mental health initiatives that support Canadian military families, veterans and serving members. Since its launch, the Fund has provided 32 grants to programs delivered through Military Family Resource Centres (MFRCs) and other charities that work to improve access to mental health care in military communities across Canada.

“True Patriot Love is grateful for the continued support Bell Let’s Talk has provided in creating a long-term mechanism to enhance mental health care for the Canadian Armed Forces community,” said Bronwen Evans, CEO of True Patriot Love. “Together, we are committed to creating positive change and ending the stigma surrounding mental illness that impacts Canadians in and out of uniform.”

The 2015 Bell True Patriot Love Fund grant recipients are:

  • Borden MFRC – Youth Mental Health Summit (ON)
  • Calgary MFRC – Retreat for Military Couples with OSI/PTSD (AB)
  • Equi-sens – Equine Assisted Therapy (QC)
  • Greenwood MFRC – Mental Health Programming for Children and Youth (NS)
  • Legacy Place Society – Short Term Housing for Military Families (AB)
  • London MFRC – Supporting Young Adults with OSI (ON)
  • Mainland BC MFRC – Empowering Resiliency Retreat (BC)
  • PEI MFRC – Operation Building Bridges (PE)
  • Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre Foundation – Recreation & Creative Arts Program (ON)
  • Prince’s Operation Entrepreneur (POE) – Entrepreneurship Workshops for Transitioning Veterans (National)
  • Anne’s Hospital – Yoga & Mindfulness Techniques for Veterans, Military Personnel and their Families (QC)
  • Strongest Families Institute – Distance Coaching for Mental Health in Children (NS)
  • Toronto MFRC – Mental Health Programming for the Military Family (ON)
  • Veterans Transition Network (VTN) – Veterans Transition Programming (National)
  • Winnipeg MFRC – ‘Friends for Life’ Youth Programming (MB)
  • Winnipeg MFRC – Youth Leadership Development Program (MB)

 

Bell Let’s Talk Day is this Wednesday, January 27
Bell Let’s Talk Day is almost here! On January 27, for every text message, wireless and long distance call made by Bell customers, every tweet using #BellLetsTalk, and every Facebook share of the Bell Let’s Talk Day image at Facebook.com/BellLetsTalk, Bell will donate 5 cents to support Canadian mental health programs.

On the fifth Bell Let’s Talk Day in 2015, a record 122,150,772 calls, tweets, texts, calls and shares resulted in Bell committing a further $6,107,538.60 to programs supporting Canadian mental health.

Bell’s donations are made at no extra charge to Bell Let’s Talk Day participants, though normal long distance or text charges, if any, apply.

About Bell Let’s Talk

The Bell Let’s Talk initiative promotes Canadian mental health with national awareness and anti-stigma campaigns, like Clara’s Big Ride for Bell Let’s Talk and Bell Let’s Talk Day, and significant Bell funding of community care and access, research, and workplace initiatives. To learn more, please visit Bell.ca/LetsTalk.

To learn more about the Bell Let’s Talk campaign, and to download the Bell Let’s Talk toolkit to help get the conversation started, please visit Bell.ca/LetsTalk.

About True Patriot Love Foundation

True Patriot Love Foundation (TPL) is a national charity that honours the sacrifices of members of the Canadian Armed Forces, veterans and their families in both times of peace and conflict. TPL funds unique programs and innovative research in the areas of family health and support, physical health and rehabilitation, mental health and wellbeing, and research and innovation. TPL is also committed to bridging the gap between military and civilian communities, hosting multinational symposiums and organizing ambitious global expeditions. Since 2009, True Patriot Love has committed more than $15.1 million to support military charities and research across Canada. For more information, visit www.truepatriotlove.com.

Media inquiries:

Amy Simmonds

True Patriot Love Foundation

asimmonds@truepatriotlove.com

(647) 628 9241

@tplfoundation

 

Jacqueline Michelis

Bell

(613) 785-1427

jacqueline.michelis@bell.ca

@Bell_News


True Patriot Love Foundation and Soldier On Announce Team Canada for 2016 Invictus Games

Published: January 14, 2016

Invictus Games

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 13th, 2016

True Patriot Love Foundation and Soldier On Announce Team Canada for 2016 Invictus Games

Press conference held at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Complex introduces team of Canadian Military and veterans who will represent Canada at second Invictus Games

Toronto, ON – Supporters of True Patriot Love Foundation and Soldier On gathered this morning to hear the official announcement of the Canadian team for the 2016 Invictus Games, to be held in May in Orlando, Florida. The Invictus Games, founded by Prince Harry, is an international sporting competition for ill and injured active duty members or veterans. The mission of the Games is to honour the men and women who have come face-to-face with the reality of sacrificing for their country, using the power of rehabilitative sports to help them on their journey of recovery.

Inspired by his 2013 United States visit to the Warrior Games, an adaptive sports competitive for wounded, ill and injured Service members, Prince Harry was driven to bring a similar event to the international stage in the UK. The Inaugural 2014 Invictus Games was held in London from September 10th-14th, 2014. During the five-day event, crowds of over 65,000 packed multiple venues in London to cheer on the 413 competing athletes, while millions more tuned in via television to witness the achievements of the participants.

“This is an exciting time for not only True Patriot Love and our partner, Soldier On, but also for this exceptional group of people who stand here with us today, who represent serving members and veterans from across Canada.” said Bronwen Evans, CEO at True Patriot Love. “True Patriot Love is truly proud and honoured to be a part of this exciting journey.”

“Every single one of these serving members and veterans has proudly represented Canada on the world stage, wearing the maple leaf on their left shoulder,” said Greg Lagacé, Deputy in Charge at Solider On. “In just a short five months from now, they will represent Canada once again, wearing the maple leaf front and center.”

Invictus Team Canada Captain, Bruno Guévremont, Leading Seaman (Ret’d), will lead and mentor the 30-member Canadian team, comprised of 5 women and 25 men. Each Team Canada competitor is either a serving member or veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces, and has acquired a physical or mental health injury or illness while in service.

The Invictus Games Team Canada Competitors are:

  • Duane Bryson, Sgt (Ret’)
  • Ron Cleroux, LS (Ret’d)
  • Adam Cyr, Cpl (Ret’d)
  • Steven Daniel, Sgt (Ret’d)
  • Sarah Dentry-Travis, Cpl (Ret’d)
  • Michael Feuntespina, MWO
  • Ryan Forest, Cpl (Ret’d)
  • Christine Gauthier, Cpl (Ret’d)
  • David Gerrard, Maj
  • André Girard, MCpl (Ret’d)
  • Bruno Guévremont, LS (Ret’d)
  • Joel Guidon, MCpl (Ret’d)
  • Mark Hoogendoorn, MCpl
  • Tracey Howlett-Cooney, Cpl
  • Bojan Joksimovic, Sgt
  • Brian MacEachern, Sgt (Ret’d)
  • Simon Mailloux, Capt.
  • Luc Martin, Cpl (Ret’d)
  • Jean-Philippe Menard, Cpl
  • Nic Meunier, Sgt (Ret’d)
  • Jeremy Meyer, Sgt.
  • Stef Moreau, LS (Ret’d)
  • Andrew Murphy, Cpl (Ret’d)
  • Mireille Poulin, Cpl
  • Tom Power, MCpl (Ret’d)
  • Harry Reddin, Cpl
  • Mike Seinen, OS (Ret’d)
  • Jeff Virgo, Pte (Ret’d)
  • Sean Wyatt, CPO2 (Ret’d)

 

The 2016 Games, held May 6th-12th 2016 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida, will bring together more than 500 competitors from 15 participation countries and feature 10 competitive events: sitting volleyball, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, archery, swimming, track and field, cycling, indoor rowing and powerlifting. The games are scheduled to return to North America in 2017, soon to be announced, and abroad, in the coming years.

To date, Invictus Team Canada has the support from Porter, Adidas, Cara and Hank Latner. The Invictus Games Team Canada is graciously supported by major donors and continues to solicit support in order to create a legacy for the team for many years to come.

About True Patriot Love Foundation

True Patriot Love Foundation (TPL) is a national charity that honours the sacrifices of members of the Canadian Armed Forces, Veterans and their families in both times of peace and conflict. TPL funds unique programs and innovative research in the areas of family health and support, physical health and rehabilitation, mental health and wellbeing, and research and innovation. TPL is also committed to bridging the gap between military and civilian communities, hosting multinational symposiums and organizing ambitious global expeditions. Since 2009, True Patriot Love has committed more than $15.1 million to support military charities and research across Canada. For more information, visit www.truepatriotlove.com.

About Soldier On

Soldier On is a Canadian Armed Forces program that supports currently serving members and veterans to overcome their physical or mental health illness or injury through physical activity and sport. The program is a highly visible and integral component of the Department of National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces’ commitment and priority towards providing a comprehensive approach to care for ill and injured members. For more information, visit www.soldieron.ca.

About the Invictus Games

The Invictus Games were created by His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales after a 2013 visit to the US-based Warrior Games – a sporting competition for wounded, ill, and injured Service members – where he witnessed the important role sports played in improving the lives of service members and their families. “Invictus” means “unconquered” and embodies the fighting spirit of the wounded, ill, and injured Service members and the incredible will they have in order to overcome. For more information, visit www.invictusgamesfoundation.org.

For more information, please contact:

Amy Simmonds

Communications Coordinator, True Patriot Love Foundation

asimmonds@truepatriotlove.com

647-628-9241

 

Gregory M Lagacé, M.S.M

Soldier On, Joint Personnel Support Unit Headquarters

Canadian Armed Forces

greg.lagace@forces.gc.ca

613-996-6267

 


True Patriot Love Foundation partners with CIBC to Support Canada’s Military Children with Special Needs

Published: November 9, 2015

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True Patriot Love Foundation partners with CIBC to Support Canada’s Military Children with Special Needs

True Patriot Love thanks CIBC for generous commitment to Military Families

Toronto, Nov. 9, 2015True Patriot Love Foundation (TPL) is pleased to announce a partnership with CIBC that includes a generous multi-year gift of $250,000 in support of Canada’s Military Children with Special Needs. Founded in 2009, TPL is dedicated to bridging the gap between the military and civilian communities, by acting as a crucial conduit that allows corporate Canada to show its support and appreciation for the brave military servicemen and women of the Canadian Forces.

The funds from the multi-year gift will specifically be used to benefit Canadian Military families with children with special needs, to provide financial relief for various required processes, such as tutoring, necessary assessments, respite care and essential therapies such as speech, visual and behavioural therapy.

“Military families who move frequently are impacted greatly from both an emotional and financial perspective,” said Bronwen Evans, President at True Patriot Love. “Frequently moving location affects children and families in a variety of capacities, including increased costs for therapies for children with special needs, tutoring for children who have to adjust to a new curriculum, and the anxieties of having to make friends in a new community.”

“True Patriot Love is sincerely grateful for the leading role CIBC has played in supporting our Military families,” said Jaime Wilson, VP of Development at True Patriot Love. “Together, we are committed to seeing positive change for not only our men and women in uniform, but for the families that stand behind them.”

“As part of our ongoing commitment to Canada’s Armed Forces and to help kids build a better future, CIBC is proud to mark Remembrance Day with a new commitment that will benefit military families with special needs children by providing financial aid and resources,” said Stephen Forbes, Executive Vice-President, CIBC. “We are pleased to partner with True Patriot Love Foundation to honour the sacrifices of Canada’s military servicemen and women.”

True Patriot Love Foundation relies on support from companies such as CIBC in order to provide funds for military programs that address TPL’s four areas of focus: mental health and well-being, physical health and rehabilitation, family health and support and research and innovation. TPL is grateful for this multi-year partnership with CIBC.

About True Patriot Love Foundation

True Patriot Love Foundation (TPL) is a national charity that honours the sacrifices of members of the Canadian Armed Forces, veterans and their families in both times of peace and conflict. TPL funds unique programs and innovative research in the areas of family health and support, physical health and rehabilitation, mental health and wellbeing, and research and innovation. TPL is also committed to bridging the gap between military and civilian communities, hosting multinational symposiums and organizing ambitious global expeditions. Since 2009, True Patriot Love has committed more than $15.1 million to support military charities and research across Canada. For more information, visit www.truepatriotlove.com.

About CIBC

CIBC is a leading Canadian-based global financial institution with 11 million personal banking and business clients. CIBC and our employees are committed to the social and economic development of our communities, with a focus on Kids, Cures and Community. In 2014, CIBC supported over 420 communities across Canada, contributing more than $42 million to 1,780 charitable and non-profit initiatives, including the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure, the CIBC Children’s Foundation and United Way. You can find other news releases and information about CIBC on our corporate website at www.cibc.com/ca/media-centre/.

For further information, please contact:

Amy Simmonds

Communications Coordinator, True Patriot Love Foundation

asimmonds@truepatriotlove.com

647-628-9241

@tplfoundation


Manulife partners with True Patriot Love Foundation to Remember Canada’s Fallen Heroes during Commemorative Ceremony

Published: November 6, 2015

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Manulife partners with True Patriot Love Foundation to Remember Canada’s Fallen Heroes during Commemorative Ceremony

Manulife makes a $50,000 donation to True Patriot Love during Veterans’ Week

Toronto, Nov. 6, 2015 – On Wednesday, November 4th, Manulife made a $50,000 donation to True Patriot Love Foundation (TPL) which will be directed to military programs and organizations across Canada.

“True Patriot Love is sincerely grateful to Manulife for both honouring and supporting our Armed Forces, especially those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country,” said Jaime Wilson, VP of Development at True Patriot Love. “Together, we are committed to seeing positive change for our servicemen and women, veterans and their families.”

Founded in 2009, TPL is dedicated to bridging the gap between the military and civilian communities, by acting as a conduit that allows corporate Canada to show its support and appreciation for the brave military servicemen and women of the Canadian Forces. The funds from the donation will support military programs across Canada that address TPL’s four areas of focus: mental health and well-being, physical health and rehabilitation, family health and support and research and innovation.

“True Patriot Love and its network of sponsors and donors provide critical support for members of the Canadian Armed Forces and their families across Canada,” said General (Ret’d) Rick Hillier, former Chief of Defense Staff for the Canadian Armed Forces. “The programs that benefit from TPL funding provide our military men and women support in all aspects of their lives: relocated families closer to critical care, purchasing vehicles for seriously injured veterans, therapies for mental health and wellness, assistance with children with special needs, assistance in veteran transition to civilian life – to name a few.”

Remembering the Fallen

Just ahead of Veterans’ Week, Manulife held a commemorative ceremony to remember Canada’s fallen heroes. The ceremony took place at the Manulife Global Headquarters, where Manulife President and CEO, Donald Guloien, and Senior Executive VP and CIO, Warren Thompson, were on hand to talk about Manulife’s commitment to support Canada’s fallen heroes. ‘O Canada’ was sung during the ceremony by a choir of elementary school children from Rose Avenue Public School in Toronto.

“Canadians owe a great deal to those who serve our country in the armed forces,” said Donald Guloien, President and Chief Executive Officer, Manulife. “As a gesture of thanks and remembrance, we have created a flag garden in front of our Head Office, and we hope that people will have the opportunity to see this tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.”

As a gesture of thanks and remembrance, Manulife revealed a flag installation on the front lawn of the company’s global headquarters; over 11,800 Canadian flags were planted to honour more than 118,000 members of the Canadian Armed Forces who have fallen in service to Canada during wartime and on peace keeping missions. The flag installation will remain in place until Wednesday, November 11.

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11,800 Canadian flags were planted to honour more than 118,000 members of the Canadian Armed Forces who have fallen in service

About True Patriot Love Foundation

True Patriot Love Foundation (TPL) is a national charity that honours the sacrifices of members of the Canadian Armed Forces, veterans and their families in both times of peace and conflict. TPL funds unique programs and innovative research in the areas of family health and support, physical health and rehabilitation, mental health and wellbeing, and research and innovation. TPL is also committed to bridging the gap between military and civilian communities, hosting multinational symposiums and organizing ambitious global expeditions. Since 2009, True Patriot Love has committed more than $15.1 million to support military charities and research across Canada. For more information, visit www.truepatriotlove.com.

About Manulife

Manulife Financial Corporation is a leading international financial services group providing forward-thinking solutions to help people with their big financial decisions. We operate as John Hancock in the United States, and Manulife elsewhere. We provide financial advice, insurance and wealth and asset management solutions for individuals, groups and institutions. At the end of 2014, we had 28,000 employees, 58,000 agents, and thousands of distribution partners, serving 20 million customers. At the end of June 2015, we had $883 billion (US$708 billion) in assets under management and administration, and in the previous 12 months we made more than $22 billion in benefits, interest and other payments to our customers. Our principal operations are in Asia, Canada and the United States where we have served customers for more than 100 years. With our global headquarters in Toronto, Canada, we trade as ‘MFC’ on the Toronto, New York, and the Philippine stock exchanges and under ‘945’ in Hong Kong.  Follow Manulife on Twitter @ManulifeNews or visit www.manulife.com or www.johnhancock.com.

 

For further information, please contact:

Amy Simmonds

Communications Coordinator, True Patriot Love Foundation

asimmonds@truepatriotlove.com

647-628-9241

@tplfoundation

 

Brooke Tucker-Reid

Manulife

647-528-9601

Brooke_Tucker-Reid@Manulife.com

@ManulifeNews


Seventh Annual True Patriot Love Toronto Tribute Dinner Raises $1.6 Million in Support of Canada’s Armed Forces, Veterans and their Families

Published: November 5, 2015

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Seventh Annual True Patriot Love Toronto Tribute Dinner Raises $1.6 Million in Support of Canada’s Armed Forces, Veterans and their Families

Supporters gathered in Toronto to honour Canada’s Men and Women in Uniform

Toronto, Nov. 5thToronto’s business, political and community leaders came out in full force on the evening of November 4th to support Canada’s military families, raising more than $1.6 Million for the True Patriot Love Foundation (TPL). With support from Presenting Sponsor Bell, the money raised from last night’s Tribute Dinner will go to programs across Canada that address TPL’s four main areas of focus: mental health and well-being, physical health and rehabilitation, family health and support, and research and innovation.

“As a result of the complex and ongoing challenges facing Canadian Forces members past and present, we must ensure that our supports work overtime to fulfill their ongoing needs,” said TPL Chair, Shaun Francis. “The funds raised from this year’s Tribute Dinner bring us one step closer. It is one step that we’re ever-grateful for as we work to help our servicemen and women in their transition back to life at home. But it is, to be frank, only one step.”

The True Patriot Love Toronto Tribute Dinner took place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in downtown Toronto, where more than 1200 guests from various business, political, military and philanthropic communities came together to support Canada’s troops. Distinguished guests included Brigadier-General Hugh Colin MacKay, Surgeon General of the Canadian Armed Forces; Mary Ann Turcke, President of Bell Media; Mary Deacon, Chair of Bell Let’s Talk; Paul Desmarais Jr., Executive Co-Chairman of Power Financial and Chairman and Co-CEO of Power Corporation; and Paul Desmarais III, Vice-President of Power Financial and Power Corporation. The evening was hosted by CTV News Anchor, Ken Shaw, and featured a special musical performance by Canadian singer-songwriter, Colin James. During the evening, True Patriot Love took to the stage to honour Mr. Paul Desmarais Jr. for his long-time support of both TPL and the veteran community, by presenting him with the first True Patriot Love Patriot Award for Outstanding Philanthropic Support of Canada’s Military Families.

“It is with emotion and gratitude that I accept the honour of being named the inaugural recipient of the Patriot Award. I am deeply touched,” said Mr. Desmarais Jr. “More than 40,000 Canadian military personnel were sent to the Afghanistan theatre alone and most have returned home with Operational Stress Injuries, including PTSD. While the number of those affected is substantial, the situation should be manageable for a country the size of ours. Surely it is within our power as a modern nation of 35 million citizens to provide the services these soldiers and veterans require to become whole again. With our resources and a common determination to make a difference, Canadians can help True Patriot Love achieve its mission.”

The evening kicked off with a special welcoming message from Ottawa, by Canada’s new Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau. “On my first day in office, I could not more honoured to address you this evening, even if I cannot be there in person,” said Mr. Trudeau. “Our servicemen and women put their lives on the line for their country and they stand for the very best of what it means to be Canadian. For many, their commitment has come at a high cost.”

We thank all our sponsors and partners for supporting The Toronto Tribute Dinner allowing the proceeds and funds raised from the evening to benefit a variety of military organizations from coast to coast..

Bell – Presenting Sponsor

Air Canada – VIP Reception Sponsor

MedCan Clinic – National Patriot Sponsor

CTV – Media Sponsor

National Post – Print Media Sponsor

Fuse Marketing Group – National Gold Sponsor

RBC – National Silver Sponsor

Bennett Jones, EQ Works, Navigator, Power Corporation of Canada, TD Bank and The Printing House – Gold Sponsors

CADSI, Deloitte, Dunkley Charitable Foundation, Investors Group, ISCA, Mackenzie Investments, Oshkosh Defense, Porter, VIA Rail and George Weston Limited – Silver Sponsors

True Patriot Love hosts multiple Tribute Dinners across the country each year, with the goal of increasing support for Canadian Armed Forces, veterans and their families from coast-to-coast. On June 1st, 2016, Winnipeg will host its first True Patriot Love Tribute Dinner, and on November 3rd, 2016, the 8th Annual True Patriot Love Tribute Dinner will return to Toronto.

Photos from the evening can be found at the following link (Courtesy of Michelle Prata Photography):

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/4idvfk2h03fz4lz/AADSuzNHFiEtqA85tWB0mNjla?dl=0

About True Patriot Love Foundation

True Patriot Love Foundation (TPL) is a national charity that honours the sacrifices of members of the Canadian Armed Forces, veterans and their families in both times of peace and conflict. TPL funds unique programs and innovative research in the areas of family health and support, physical health and rehabilitation, mental health and wellbeing, and research and innovation. TPL is also committed to bridging the gap between military and civilian communities, hosting multinational symposiums and organizing ambitious global expeditions. Since 2009, True Patriot Love has committed more than $15.1 million to support military charities and research across Canada.

Twitter: @tplfoundation

Facebook: True Patriot Love Foundation

Website: www.truepatriotlove.com

Hashtag: #TPLFoundation

 

For more information please contact:

Amy Simmonds

Communications Coordinator, True Patriot Love Foundation

asimmonds@truepatriotlove.com

647-628-9241


SierraSil Health Inc. Partners with True Patriot Love to Pay Tribute to Canadian Military, Veterans and Families this November

Published: October 25, 2015

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SierraSil Health Inc. Partners with True Patriot Love to Pay Tribute to Canadian Military, Veterans and Families this November

SierraSil Health Inc. Donates Portion of Online Sales to True Patriot Love Foundation

TORONTO, Oct. 26th, 2015 – SierraSil Health Inc. has partnered with True Patriot Love Foundation to donate a portion of online sales during the month of November to benefit Canadian Military, Veterans and their families. Founded in 2009, the True Patriot Love Foundation (TPL) is dedicated to bridging the gap between the military and civilian communities, by acting as a crucial conduit that allows corporate Canada to show its support and appreciation for the brave servicemen and women of the Canadian Forces.

Beginning now and running through the month of November, SierraSil Health Inc. is offering a discount code to be applied to all online orders made through the SierraSil website. The coupon code ‘TPL11’ entitles the consumer to 11% off their entire shopping cart, and in addition, SierraSil will donate 11% to True Patriot Love. The funds donated from SierraSil will support programs that address TPL’s four main areas of focus: mental health and well-being, physical health and rehabilitation, family health and support, and research and innovation.

“SierraSil is focused on improving the lives of people living with pain and stiffness. Our military men and women are reliant on their strong bodies to be able to do what they do,” said Melanie Trepanier, Community Relations Manager at SierraSil. “SierraSil is so grateful to those who put their lives on the line to serve our country. If we are able to support them through funding and by providing quality, life enhancing supplements, then we are thrilled to be given that opportunity.”

About SierraSil Health Inc.

SierraSil Health Inc. was founded in 2003 to market SierraSil®, a proprietary natural mineral powder that is safe and effective for joint health and comfort. Research shows that SierraSil® eases joint and muscle aches, reduces stiffness and helps prevent cartilage breakdown associated with exercise and movement. The company strives to provide exceptional customer service, to be ethical in all relationships, and to support all health claims with quality research. SierraSil Health Inc.’s vision is to help a million consumers be healthier and more active with our patented mineral complex. For more information please visit www.sierrasil.com or contact Melanie Trepanier, Community Relations Manager at 604-676-4450 ext. 221.

About True Patriot Love Foundation

True Patriot Love Foundation (TPL) is a national charity that honours the sacrifices of members of the Canadian Armed Forces, veterans and their families in both times of peace and conflict. TPL funds unique programs and innovative research in the areas of family health and support, physical health and rehabilitation, mental health and wellbeing, and research and innovation. TPL is also committed to bridging the gap between military and civilian communities, hosting multinational symposiums and organizing ambitious global expeditions. Since 2009, True Patriot Love has committed more than $15.1 million to support military charities and research across Canada.

Twitter: @tplfoundation

Facebook: True Patriot Love Foundation

Website: www.truepatriotlove.com

Hashtag: #TPLFoundation

 

For more information, please contact:

Amy Simmonds

Communications Coordinator, True Patriot Love Foundation

asimmonds@truepatriotlove.com

647-628-9241