Veteran Transition Advisory Council (VTAC): Final Report

Published: February 27, 2017

It is with great pleasure to share the final report from the Veteran Transition Advisory Council (VTAC). This report is full of insightful information that illustrates the unique challenges Veterans face when relieved from service and begin to transition to civilian life.

This report addresses the underemployment of Veterans and highlights the resources available to assist with a successful transition. It is our hope that through this study Veterans and Canadian employers will better understand how military occupation skill sets are transferable to civilian work.

To read the entire VTAC report, click here. On behalf of staff, Veterans and their families, thank you for taking the time to review the VTAC’s findings.


True Patriot Love Scotiabank Expedition: BEST OF CANADA – Call for Soldier Team Applications

Published: December 2, 2016

The True Patriot Love Foundation is thrilled to announce the next adventure in our expedition series – True Patriot Love Scotiabank Expedition: BEST OF CANADA. In honour of Canada 150, we have chosen to celebrate the varied landscape of our great nation by exploring three remote locations. Taking place in the Summer of 2017, BEST OF CANADA will challenge ill and injured soldiers and Canadian business leaders to take on some of the most unique adventures from coast to coast. Whether its rafting in Central BC, canoeing in the Northwest Territories or kayaking the shores of Newfoundland, each expedition provides its own set of challenges. The expedition will raise critical funds and awareness for the brave men and women of our Canadian Armed Forces, Veterans and their families to ensure that each individual who has served our country is able to receive necessary support as they transition following their service.

We are actively seeking Canadian Veterans from across the country who have sustained an injury or illness as a result of their military service to apply for this adventure. This expedition offers soldier participants on opportunity to receive guidance and assistance during their transition to civilian life.

Please click HERE to download the Soldier Team Application. The deadline for applications is December 19, 2016.

 For more information about joining the 2017 civilian team, please contact Kristina Schreiber, Director of Expeditions and Events at kschreiber@truepatriotlove.com.


Moores Clothing For Men Celebrates Remembrance Day, Donates Over $155,000

Published: November 15, 2016

ANNUAL CONTRIBUTION FROM SALES OF THEIR EXCLUSIVE LINE, AWEARNESS KENNETH COLE

TORONTO, Nov. 11, 2016 /CNW/ — Moores Clothing for Men and Kenneth Cole Productions launched the “AWEARNESS Kenneth Cole” collection in November 2015 with the mission to create tailored clothing so the modern man can “look good, for good.” This Remembrance Day, Moores and Kenneth Cole Productions are proud to announce that the “AWEARNESS Kenneth Cole” collection generated over $155,000 in donations over a 12 month period to support True Patriot Love Foundation and their mission to assist Canadian military Veterans. “Our efforts to build a product line synonymous with a charitable give back have been successful. We see this initiative as part of our continued company-wide goal of giving back to the communities in which we serve,” says Richard Bull, Vice President of Merchandising at Moores.

Since the launch of the collection, a one percent contribution from all gross sales of “AWEARNESS Kenneth Cole” products sold exclusively at Moores have been allocated towards this charity.  “This collection was created to continue our ongoing initiative to raise social awareness around the Canadian Military Veteran population and their transition into the civilian workforce,” said Kenneth Cole, Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of Kenneth Cole Productions.  “We look forward to the continued success of the AWEARNESS Kenneth Cole line and to continue to support our charitable partner.”

The benefitting charity partnering in this mission has a strong history supporting Veterans. True Patriot Love Foundation 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. Among many other programs, True Patriot Love Foundation pairs injured soldiers with Canadian business leaders on ambitious expeditions to profile our soldiers’ perseverance and continued commitment to service, as well as the transferability of their military skills to a civilian career. On November 10, Moores Clothing for Men was proud to present Bronwen Evans, CEO of True Patriot Love Foundation with their donation check at an intimate ceremony hosted at the Moores flagship store in downtown Toronto.

About Moores Clothing for Men:

Launched in 1980 and a subsidiary of Tailored Brands, Inc. (NYSE: TLRD), Moores Clothing for Men is the leading national retailer of men’s business attire in Canada with over 120 stores.  Moores’ stores carry a full selection of suits, sport coats, slacks, formalwear, sportswear, outerwear, dress shirts, footwear, and accessories in non-exclusive and exclusive merchandise brands such as Joseph Abboud, AWEARNESS Kenneth Cole, Black by Vera Wang, among others.  Moores is also the largest provider of tuxedo and suit rentals in Canada. For additional information on Moores Clothing for Men, please visit mooresclothing.com

Follow us on social media @MooresClothing (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)

About Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc.

Kenneth Cole is an American designer, social activist, and visionary who believes business and philanthropy are interdependent. His global company, Kenneth Cole Productions, creates modern, functional, clothing, shoes, and accessories for inspirational urban lifestyles under the brand names Kenneth Cole New York, Kenneth Cole Reaction and Unlisted, as well as footwear under the name Gentle Souls. The company has also granted a wide variety of third party licenses for the production of men’s and women’s apparel, fragrances, watches, jewelry, eyewear, and several other accessory categories, including children’s footwear. The company’s products are distributed through department stores, better specialty stores, company-owned retail stores and its e-commerce website. Over 30 years ago, Kenneth Cole leveraged his passion and unique brand platform to make a meaningful impact on people’s wardrobes, as well as communities in need. He did what others didn’t and said what others wouldn’t. Today, The Kenneth Cole Foundation remains committed to helping communities in need by supporting Collective Health, Civil Liberties, and Artistic Activism.

About True Patriot Love Foundation

True Patriot Love Foundation (TPL) is a national charity that funds unique programs and innovative research in the areas of Veteran family health and support. We honour the sacrifices of members of the Canadian Armed Forces, Veterans and their families by bridging the gap between military and civilian communities, hosting multinational symposiums and organizing ambitious global expeditions. Since 2009, TPL has committed approximately $15 million to support military charities and research on physical health and rehabilitation, mental health and wellbeing, and innovation across Canada. For more information, visit www.truepatriotlove.com.

For media inquiries, contact:
Director of Public Relations All Brands
Diego Louro, diego.louro@tailoredbrands.com

Public Relations Marketing Manager
Julie Weber, Julie.weber@tailoredbrands.com


Scotiabank gives $750,000 to True Patriot Love to support Veterans and military families

Published: November 15, 2016

TORONTO, ON–(Marketwired – November 10, 2016) – Scotiabank and the True Patriot Love Foundation today announced a $750,000 commitment to support the important work of the Foundation, in advance of Remembrance Day.

Scotiabank’s commitment will provide True Patriot Love with:

  • $250,000 for military children with special needs and for camps
  • $500,000 to sponsor the True Patriot Love Scotiabank Expedition: Best of Canada Series in 2017. The Bank’s commitment will help cover costs supporting the soldier participants, as well as the expedition mentorship program.

Building on the success of True Patriot Love’s previous expeditions to the Himalayas (2012), the North Pole (2014), and Antarctica (2016), The Best of Canada Series aims to bring together a team of currently serving members or Veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces with business and community leaders to take on unique physical challenges together.

Working as a team to complete a mission, participants will face physical, emotional, and mental roadblocks over a two-week period. By doing so, these individuals will get outside of their comfort zone and become a team. In addition to reaching their physical goals, the expedition team will collectively raise critical funds and awareness for the brave Veterans of our Canadian Armed Forces and their families.

Funding will be directed to support a variety of programs across Canada in the scope of mental health, Veteran transition, family supports and military and Veteran research.

Funds raised from previous TPL Scotiabank Expeditions have supported programs for Veteran and family transition such as job training and recruitment and the development of a Canadian version of a virtual reality therapy for PTSD currently being used in seven Operational Stress Injury clinics and two intermediate sized mental health clinics across Canada.

Quotes:

“At Scotiabank, investing in our communities has been a focus for over 180 years. Our goal has always been to help create a better life for people in the communities we serve. Scotiabank has seen firsthand how True Patriot Love makes an important and needed difference in the lives of Veterans and military families. We are proud to be directing our support to military children with special needs and as sponsor of the 2017 Expedition Series in Canada.”
– Phil Smith, SVP & Chief Operating Officer, Global Banking and Markets, Scotiabank

“True Patriot Love is grateful for the leading role Scotiabank has played in supporting the Expedition Series for 2017. The expeditions provide an opportunity for participating soldier team members to face personal roadblocks on their journey of transition into civilian life. Many soldier team members are dealing with visible and invisible injuries as a result of their service, and this experience will provide them the opportunity to share their stories, bond with other participants, and transition into a fulfilling civilian role following service. We are thrilled that Scotiabank has stepped up in such a big way.”
 Bronwen Evans, CEO, True Patriot Love Foundation

About True Patriot Love:
True Patriot Love Foundation (TPL) is a national charity that funds unique programs and innovative research in the areas of Veteran family health and support. We honour the sacrifices of members of the Canadian Armed Forces, Veterans and their families by bridging the gap between military and civilian communities, hosting multinational symposiums and organizing ambitious global expeditions. Since 2009, TPL has committed approximately $15 million to support military charities and research on physical health and rehabilitation, mental health and well-being, and innovation across Canada. For more information, visit www.truepatriotlove.com.

About Scotiabank
Through our global community investment strategy, Scotiabank and its employees support causes at a grassroots level. Recognized as a leader for our charitable donations and philanthropic activities, in 2015, Scotiabank contributed $67 million to help our communities around the world.

Scotiabank is Canada’s international bank and a leading financial services provider in North America, Latin America, the Caribbean and Central America, and Asia-Pacific. We are dedicated to helping our 23 million customers become better off through a broad range of advice, products and services, including personal and commercial banking, wealth management and private banking, corporate and investment banking, and capital markets. With a team of more than 88,000 employees and assets of $907 billion (as at July 31, 2016), Scotiabank trades on the Toronto (TSX: BNS) and New York Exchanges (NYSE: BNS). Scotiabank distributes the Bank’s media releases using Marketwired. For more information, please visit www.scotiabank.com and follow us on Twitter @ScotiabankViews.

For media enquiries, please contact:

Melanie Paradis
Earnscliffe Strategy Group on behalf of True Patriot Love
(416) 399-7400
MParadis@earnscliffe.ca

Erin Truax
Public, Corporate and Government Affairs
Scotiabank
(416) 471-5714
Erin.Truax@Scotiabank.com

 


Bell Let’s Talk and True Patriot Love renew mental health partnership supporting Canadian military families

Published: November 15, 2016

 $1 million Bell True Patriot Love Fund extended through 2020 to fund programs for Canadian Armed Forces members, Veterans and their families

  • More than 60 programs funded to date in military communities across Canada
  • Bell has hired 100 Veterans since the start of 2014; Bell Media sponsoring 2017 Invictus Games Toronto

MONTRÉAL, Nov. 10, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ – Bell and the True Patriot Love Foundation have announced a 4-year extension of their joint Bell True Patriot Love Fund, a renewed $1 million partnership that will continue to support community mental health programs serving members of the Canadian Armed Forces, Veterans and their families through 2020.

“Bell Let’s Talk is very pleased to partner with True Patriot Love to continue our support for the mental health of those who serve our country in Canada’s military and the families that support them,” said George Cope, President and CEO of BCE and Bell Canada. “Military families face unique challenges when it comes to accessing mental health services, and we are proud of the role the Bell True Patriot Love Fund has played and will continue to play in providing specialized programs to them.”

Since 2013, the Bell True Patriot Love Fund has distributed $1 million in grants to 61 mental health programs delivered through Military Family Resource Centres and other groups in communities around Canada. Extending the partnership for a further 4 years and another $1 million ensures continued investment in programs that are making a real difference in the lives of military members, Veterans and their families. Bell also remains the Presenting Sponsor of the annual True Patriot Love Toronto Tribute Dinner, the largest fundraising event in support of Canada’s military, through 2020.

“True Patriot Love thanks Bell Let’s Talk for its leading role in supporting mental health care for the Canadian Armed Forces community,” said Bronwen Evans, CEO of the True Patriot Love Foundation. “Together we remain committed to seeing positive change for those Canadians who dedicate so much of their lives to their country.”

This year, the Bell True Patriot Love Fund is distributing grants to 13 more organizations delivering specialized services ranging from animal and music therapy programs to family and couples counseling and trauma support.

“Bell True Patriot Love Fund recipients are all making a real difference in the lives of Canadian military members and their families and we congratulate them on their commitment and passion,” said Mary Deacon, Chair of Bell Let’s Talk. “We look forward to supporting many more such community groups as they provide mental health programs for military families in every region of Canada.”

 

Bell hires 100th Veteran
In November 2013, Bell became the first communications company to join the Military Employment Transition (MET) program, which supports employment opportunities for Canadian military Veterans. Now 3 years into the program, Bell has hired its 100th Veteran out of the approximately 1,800 placed through the MET program.

 

Invictus Games Toronto 2017
Announced earlier this year, Bell Media will be the exclusive Canadian broadcast partner of the Invictus Games Toronto 2017. An international sporting event for wounded active duty and Veteran service members from around the world, the Invictus Games were established in 2014 by Prince Harry, who remains Patron of the Games. Taking place in September 2017, Invictus Games Toronto 2017 will be broadcast nationally on TSN.

 

Remembering our fellow Bell employees
During the First World War, Bell technicians, linesmen, clerks and managers joined the war effort, many using their civilian skills to maintain essential lines of communications as part of the nascent Canadian Signals Corps. A total of 833 Bell employees enlisted in the armed forces during the war; 89 lost their lives. When Canada went to war again in 1939, 2,543 Bell employees enlisted in the armed forces or were seconded to the government for technical work; 95 Bell employees gave their lives during World War II.

 

About Bell
Bell is Canada’s largest communications company, providing consumers and business customers with wireless, TV, Internet, home phone, small business and enterprise communications services. Bell Media is Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital and out of home media. Bell is wholly owned by Montréal’s BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE). For more information, please visit Bell.ca.

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 True Patriot Love
True Patriot Love honours the sacrifices of members of the Canadian Forces, Veterans and their families by:

  • Stepping in where government is unable to fund programs that support their physical, mental and social wellbeing no matter where they are posted inCanada or abroad
  • Promoting their special skills and capabilities resulting from their unique conditions of service
  • Being a channel for everyday Canadians, corporations and philanthropists to express their appreciation and patriotism

Over the past three years, True Patriot Love was honoured to have raised over $14 million to fund a variety of military programs, charities and causes, when and where it is needed most. Our three key areas of support are Family Health and Support, Physical Health and Rehabilitation, and Mental Health and Well-Being.

Please visit www.truepatriotlove.com for more information.

 

2016 Bell True Patriot Love Fund Grant Recipients

 

Equi-Sens (Terrebone, QC)
Equine therapy for military personnel and Veterans living with PTSD.

 

Guitars for Vets (Halifax, NS)
Peer support through guitar lessons and music therapy for Veterans with PTSD.

 

Legacy Place Society (Alberta)
Short term housing for military personnel receiving mental health assistance and support during crisis situations in Calgary, Edmonton and Red Deer.

 

Mood Disorders Society of Canada (Perth, ON)
Women’s trauma support program for military personnel living with PTSD.

 

Murphy’s Legacy Society (Sooke, BC)
Bilingual group support therapy delivered through the COPE Program (Couples Overcoming PTSD Everyday).

 

National Service Dogs (Cambridge, ON)
Certified Service Dogs for military personnel and Veterans living with PTSD.

 

PEI Military Family Resource Centre
A web-based peer support program for caregivers in military families across the province.

 

Prince’s Operation Entrepreneur (Toronto, ON)
Entrepreneurial education, tools and resources to help transitioning Veterans, released due to medical conditions such as PTSD, to find a new civilian mission.

 

St. John’s Military Family Resource Centre (Newfoundland and Labrador)
A pilot equine treatment program to improve mental health resilience and enhance coping and communication skills for military families.

 

Strongest Families Institute (Halifax, NS)
Coaching for military families with children living with anxiety and behavioral concerns.

 

Trenton Military Family Resource Centre (Trenton, ON)
In partnership with the Canadian Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, workshops focused on developing resiliency within military families.

 

University of Manitoba (Winnipeg, MB)
Classroom delivered Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with Mindfulness Course in Mental Resilience to provide training for mental health professionals and peer support staff to improve services for the military community in Manitoba.

 

Veterans Transition Network (Vancouver, BC)
Expansion of a clinically driven, peer support program to assist Veterans living with mental illness in Québec and Manitoba.

 

Media inquiries:

 

Jacqueline Michelis
Bell Media Relations
613 785-1427
jacqueline.michelis@bell.ca
@Bell_News

 

Bronwen Evans
CEO, True Patriot Love Foundation
416 628 1053
bevans@truepatriotlove.com


Starbucks partners with True Patriot Love on reintegration networking and employment program

Published: November 15, 2016

Starbucks Canada to Help Veterans Find Jobs After Leaving Service

Starbucks partners with True Patriot Love on reintegration networking and employment program

Toronto, ON – Today, Starbucks Canada and True Patriot Love (TPL) have announced a new alliance which will help support Veterans’ reintegration to civilian life, by accessing resources to secure future employment. Each year, 5,000 men and women exit the Canadian Armed Forces, looking for the next chapter in their lives. Entering the civilian workforce for the first time can be a significantly challenging transition and many require support to translate military skills into civilian jobs. Through the “Coffee with a Vet” program, Starbucks will provide much needed meeting places for one-on-one networking and mentoring meetings, with Veterans who have successfully reintegrated into civilian life, along with larger scale events, all aimed at leading to employment and support services.

 “Starbucks is committed to creating opportunity for those who need it the most and we are honoured to serve our military families at a pivotal time in their lives,” said Rossann Williams, president, Starbucks Canada. “We are proud to be a unique partner of TPL’s in Canada by providing essential meeting and networking locations for Veterans and their families to support them in finding pathways to employment.”

TPL will work in conjunction with Treble Victor (3V) to provide mentorship programs, coordinate organizations and services that support Veterans in their reintegration process, and provide Veterans with the contacts and skills necessary to successfully secure employment outside the military. Insert description of bigger events being held twice a year.  The alliance will provide much needed space for networking and mentoring, Veteran family support, and driving awareness for the need for more support in reintegrating our military Veterans.

“We are thrilled with our new partnership with Starbucks Canada promoting the transition of Canadian Veterans into the workforce. There is no better way to thank a Veteran for their service, than to try to be of service to them in return. Our partnership with Starbucks Canada is an innovative way to engage and empower a new generation of military servicemen and women to expand their employment skills and networks,” said Bronwen Evans, CEO of the True Patriot Love Foundation.

 About True Patriot Love Foundation

True Patriot Love Foundation (TPL) is a national charity that funds unique programs and innovative research in the areas of Veteran family health and support. We honour the sacrifices of members of the Canadian Armed Forces, Veterans and their families by bridging the gap between military and civilian communities, hosting multinational symposiums and organizing ambitious global expeditions. Since 2009, TPL has committed approximately $15 million to support military charities and research on physical health and rehabilitation, mental health and wellbeing, and innovation across Canada. For more information, visit www.truepatriotlove.com.

About Treble Victor

Treble Victor is a group of ex-military leaders whose mission to enable members to achieve their full potential in the marketplace, through our common values, teamwork, mentorship and our network’s connectivity.

 About Starbucks

Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting high-quality arabica coffee. Today, with stores around the globe, the company is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup. To share in the experience, please visit us in our stores or online at www.starbucks.ca and the Starbucks Newsroom at www.news.starbucks.com.

 

For Further Information or Interview Requests Please Contact:

 

Madeleine Löwenborg-Frick
Senior Manager, Communications
Starbucks Canada
press@starbucks.com

 

Jaime Wilson
VP, Development
True Patriot Love
jwilson@truepatriotlove.com

 


True Patriot Love Announces an External Committee to Advise Board on Funding Priorities

Published: July 15, 2016

True Patriot Love Announces an External Committee to Advise Board on Funding Priorities

True Patriot Love Foundation (TPL) is pleased to announce that they have appointed a Disbursement Advisory Committee with cross-disciplinary expertise and representation from across Canada to provide external advice to its Board of Directors.

The Committee will be chaired by TPL board member, Bryn Weadon, Rear-Admiral (Ret’d), and will have representation from across the country from the business, research, government and military sectors. Its mandate is as follows:

  • To set an annual disbursement strategy focusing on four key areas: mental health and well-being, physical health and rehabilitation, family health and supports, and research;
  • To review applications made to TPL and make funding recommendations to the TPL Board of Directors, and;
  • To set the longer-term funding priorities for the organization that recognize emerging needs and opportunities for significant impact.

“Since 2009, the True Patriot Love Foundation has disbursed over $10 million to programs across Canada that support our service men and women, veterans and their families.  As we continue to grow, we are committed to ensuring that the money we raise is directed to where it is needed most, and to this end we have established an Advisory Committee to provide external advice to our Board,” said Rear-Admiral (Ret’d) Bryn Weadon, TPL Board Member and Committee Chair.

The Advisory Committee Members are as follows:

  • Rear-Admiral (Ret’d) Bryn Weadon, CMM, CD, FCPA, FCMA, P.Log – Chair
  • Dr. Alice Aiken, PhD, MSc, BSc(PT), BScKin – Director, Canadian Institute for Military and Veterans Health Research
  • BGen Nicolas (Nic) Eldaoud, Chief of Staff, Military Personnel Command, Canadian Armed Forces
  • Col Rakesh Jetly OMM,CD,MD,FRCPC – Chief Military Psychiatrist
  • Mr. Tim Laidler, CD, BA, MA – Afghanistan Veteran, Past Executive Director, Veterans Transition Network
  • Ms. Faith McIntyre, Director General Policy and Research, Strategic Policy and Commemoration Branch
  • Mr. M.Barry Rempel – CEO, Winnipeg Airports Authority; Honorary Colonel 1 Canadian Air Division, Royal Canadian Air Force

 

 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.

For more information, please contact:

Amy Simmonds

Communications, True Patriot Love Foundation

asimmonds@truepatriotlove.com

(647) 628 9241


Inaugural True Patriot Love Winnipeg Tribute Dinner Raises over $1 million in support of Canada’s Armed Forces, Veterans and their Families

Published: June 2, 2016

Supporters gathered in Winnipeg to honour and support Manitoba’s Men and Women in Uniform

Winnipeg, MB, June 2ndWinnipeg’s business, political and community leaders came out in full force on the evening of June 1st to support Canada’s military families, raising more than $1,000,000 for the True Patriot Love Foundation (TPL). The money raised from the inaugural True Patriot Love Winnipeg Tribute Dinner will benefit programs in Manitoba 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.

“The True Patriot Love Foundation is truly grateful for the hospitality that Winnipeg has shown us in preparation for our inaugural Winnipeg Tribute Dinner,” said Shaun Francis, Chair of True Patriot Love. “As a national organization, we recognize that military families will often need support in a variety of environments both urban and rural, in both official languages and for the complete family unit. In response, we serve to address these challenges by providing funding which supports both the national need and the regional demand.”

The True Patriot Love Winnipeg Tribute Dinner took place at the RBC Convention Centre in downtown Winnipeg, where more than 800 guests from various business, political, military and philanthropic communities came together to support Canada’s troops. Distinguished guests included Her Honour the Honourable Janice Filmon, Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba and Lieutenant-General Michael Hood, Commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force. The evening was hosted by General (Ret’d) Rick Hillier, former Chief of Defence Staff, and featured a special musical performance by Juno Award Winner, and Winnipeg-native, Chantal Kreviazuk.

“Winnipeg has a proud military history and we’re incredibly grateful that Manitoba’s corporate community came out in support of our military veterans and their families,” said Jason Stefanson, Tribute Dinner Committee Co-chair and Vice-Chairman, CIBC World Markets Inc. “We understand that at over $1 million raised, this is the largest philanthropic dinner in Winnipeg’s history; the proceeds are sorely needed to support our wounded heroes. In addition to raising money, the TPL Foundation dinner has raised awareness in our province, and has resulted in a deeper connection between our senior military and corporate leaders.”

True Patriot Love has supported many critical programs in Manitoba since its inception in 2009. These include, but are not limited to, $100,000 in funding to support 16 Manitoba-based veterans to take part in a university-based business program; $75,000 in funding to support the research of Dr. Sarah Dentry-Travis, veteran and Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Faculty of Health at the University of Manitoba, who is examining the relationship between stress, epigenetics and military service; $40,000 to support 15 Manitoba-based veterans to participate in a specialized program that helps address operational stress injuries and transition challenges to civilian life; and a combined $115,000 in funding to the Military Family Resource Centres (MFRCs) located in Winnipeg and Shilo.

True Patriot Love thanks all sponsors and partners for supporting the inaugural Winnipeg Tribute Dinner, allowing proceeds and funds raised from the evening to benefit a variety of military organizations in Manitoba, specifically Presenting Sponsor, Exchange Income Corporation, VIP Sponsor, Parrish and Heimbecker Limited and Platinum Sponsor, Great-West Life.

True Patriot Love hosts multiple Tribute Dinners across the country each year, with the goal of increasing support for the Canadian Armed Forces, veterans and their families from coast-to-coast. On November 9th 2016, the 8th Annual True Patriot Love Tribute Dinner will return to Toronto.

Photos from the evening can be accessed at the following link: (courtesy of Manny Sousa Photography)

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/obcfjuers5vhxlz/AAAqemaEhRcZgHPDao5urb0Xa?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 changing the conversation about our nation’s veterans, hosting multinational symposiums and organizing ambitious global expeditions. Since 2009, True Patriot Love has committed $14.9 million to support military charities and research across Canada. For more information, visit www.truepatriotlove.com.

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

 


Veterans Transition Network receives $25,000 from the Bell True Patriot Love Fund to support Canadian Armed Forces members, veterans and their families

Published: May 31, 2016

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Vancouver, BC, May, 31, 2016 – Veterans Transition Network (VTN) is delighted to receive a $25,000 grant from the Bell True Patriot Love Fund, which provides dedicated support to transitioning veterans and for the expansion of the evidence based program into Ontario and Quebec.

Grown out of the University of British Columbia and based on over 15 years of evidence-based research, Veterans Transition Network is a unique program that addresses transition and mental health through week-long workshops and group therapy for veterans.

“This generous support from True Patriot Love and Bell not only allows us to deliver programming that will help Canadian Forces Veterans in Ontario make the transition back to civilian life, but also to continue the training of local Psychologists in both Ontario and Quebec,” said Oliver Thorne, National Operations Director at VTN. “This helps to ensure that the delivery of our programs in these provinces is sustainable and that in future we will be able to help even more of Canada’s veterans navigate their transition to civilian life.”

The program is supervised by trained clinicians and psychologists and has earned national recognition and respect for its results and clear benefits: all of the nearly 400 participants who graduated have shown significant reductions in depressions and traumatic stress, and an increase in self-esteem.

“Bell Let’s Talk is proud to support Canadian Armed Forces members and veterans who are living with mental health issues with this donation to the Veterans Transition Network from the Bell True Patriot Love Fund,” said Mary Deacon, Chair of Bell Let’s Talk. “Programs like VTN 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.

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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 Veterans Transition Network

Since its inception, the Veterans Transition Program has maintained the belief that soldiers are best served by other soldiers. The researchers found that many of the veterans they worked with were reluctant to participate in programs or access resources that were provided by the government or military, for fear that their information would not be kept confidential. Many veterans fear the consequences an operational-stress injury could have on their military record and future career prospects. To date, the veterans transition program has helped over 600 veterans in six provinces, and continues to grow. To learn more, visit www.vtncanada.org.

 

For more information, please contact:

Oliver Thorne

National Operations Director, Veterans Transition Network

oliver.thorne@vtncanada.org

(604) 550 8155

 

Amy Simmonds

Communications Coordinator, True Patriot Love Foundation

asimmonds@truepatriotlove.com

(647) 628 9241

@tplfoundation

 


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