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:
Executive Director, Mainland BC Military Family Resource Centre
(604) 225 2520 ext. 2709
Communications Coordinator, True Patriot Love Foundation
(647) 628 9241