True Patriot Love Foundation Announces Official Team for 2016 TPL Scotiabank Expedition: Antarctica

Published: October 19, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

True Patriot Love Foundation Announces Official Team for 2016 TPL Scotiabank Expedition: Antarctica

Wounded Canadian soldiers team up with Canadian business leaders to battle the coldest continent in the world in order to raise awareness and funds for Canada’s military families and veterans

Toronto, Oct. 19th – True Patriot Love announced the official team for the 2016 True Patriot Love Scotiabank Expedition: Antarctica today. In January of 2016, 9 ill and injured soldiers and 17 Canadian business leaders will embark on an adventure to summit Vinson Massif – the highest peak in Antarctica and one of the world’s Seven Summits.

As with previous True Patriot Love Expeditions – to the Himalayas in 2012 and the North Pole in 2014 – the purpose of this journey is to bring attention to the challenges that face members of the Canadian Armed Forces, their families and Canada’s veterans each day. By bringing these challenges into the spotlight, True Patriot Love strives to provide inspiration to those facing these issues every day and also garner financial support and awareness from Canadians across the country. In 2014, the True Patriot Love Expedition to the magnetic North Pole raised a total of $2 million for programs and charities that True Patriot Love supports.

“We need to raise funds to increase awareness about veterans’ issues and to fund transition programs for our Canadian soldiers who are suffering from the effects of injuries, both physical and emotional, incurred while on duty,” said Anne-Marie Sorrenti, Civilian Team Participant. “We need to take care of our own. Our soldier team-mates represent all our soldiers who keep us safe and protect us from harm”

The Canadian Business Leaders who are on the Expedition Civilian Team are:

Andy Chisholm – Advisory Director Officer at Goldman Sachs

Anne-Marie Sorrenti – Leadership Consultant & Executive Coach

Anthony Longo – President and CEO of Longo Brothers Fruit Markets

Brian Carney – VP & Portfolio Manager at Canso Investment Counsel Ltd.

Claire Kennedy – Partner at Bennett Jones LLP

David Hodgson – Managing Director and Portfolio Manager at Gluskin Sheff & Associates Inc.

Geordie Young – VP & Portfolio Manager at Gluskin Sheff & Associates Inc.

Heather Moyse – Gold Medal Olympian and Motivational Speaker

Larry Stevenson – Managing Director at Callisto Capital

Michael Tait – Founding Partner and EVP of SHOP.ca

Philip Smith – CFO and Head of Operations of Scotiabank’s Global Banking and Markets Division

Rick Byers – Former Executive VP at Borealis Infrastructure

Shaun Francis – Executive Chair of Medcan Health Management and Chair of TPL Foundation

Tim Duncanson – Senior Advisor to the Deputy Minister of Finance

Tim Hodgson – Managing Partner of Alignvest Management Corp.

William Webb – Executive VP and Chief Investment Officer at Gluskin Sheff & Associates Inc.

The Canadian soldiers who are on the Expedition Soldier Team are Anouk Beauvais (Montréal, QC), Jeremy Blair (Petawawa, ON), Charles Hamel (Calgary, AB), Bojan Joksimovic (Meaford, ON), Simon Nadeau (Montréal, QC), Stephen Rice (Petawawa, ON), Glen Villa (Brampton, ON) and Thomas White (Petawawa, ON).

We are fortunate to be embarking on this expedition with strong leadership, including team captains Meagan McGrath (Soldier Team) and Scott Kress (Civilian Team). Both Meagan and Scott have summited each of the Seven Summits, as well as the North and South Pole. In addition to the team captains, TPL has recruited Dr. Markus H. Besemann, head of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation for the Canadian Forces Health Services Group, to keep the expedition participants safe and healthy before, during and after the expedition. Finally, TPL is lucky to have Canadian Scientist and veteran Dr. Sarah Dentry-Travis on board as our own Team Researcher. Dr. Dentry-Travis will be conducting important research for her work at the University of Manitoba about the effects of stress on veterans with PTSD.

The True Patriot Love Scotiabank Expedition: Antarctica is grateful to be supported by many generous sponsors and partners that allow funds raised to benefit Canadian Armed Forces, veterans and their families from coast-to-coast. The Presenting Sponsor is Scotiabank, the Official Outerwear Sponsor is Canada Goose, the Official Gear Sponsor is Mountain Equipment Coop (MEC), and the official Health and Wellness Sponsor is Medcan, the Soldier Sponsors are Loblaw Companies Limited, Longos, Frank & Debbi Sobey, Save-on-Food and Sobeys Inc., the Official Photography Sponsor is Nikon and the Silver Sponsors are BMO Capital Markets and TD Bank Group. Thank you to all of our sponsors.

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.

True Patriot Love gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of our generous partners for the ‘True Patriot Love Scotiabank Expedition: Antarctica’: Scotiabank, Canada Goose, MEC, Loblaw Companies Limited, Longos, Frank & Debbi Sobey, Save-On-Foods, Sobeys Inc., Medcan, Nikon Canada Inc., BMO Capital Markets and TD Bank Group.

Twitter: @tplfoundation

Facebook: True Patriot Love Foundation

Foundation Website: www.truepatriotlove.com

Expedition Website: www.tplexpedition.com

Hashtags: #TPLFoundation & #Antarctica16

 

For more information and interview requests, please contact:

Amy Simmonds

Communications Coordinator, True Patriot Love Foundation

asimmonds@truepatriotlove.com

647-628-9241


True Patriot Love Announces 2016 Winnipeg Tribute Dinner in Support of Canada’s Military

Published: October 15, 2015

True Patriot Love Foundation Announces 2016 Winnipeg Tribute Dinner in Support of Canada’s Military, Veterans and their Families

WINNIPEG, Oct. 15thWinnipeg’s corporate and community leaders and philanthropists were on hand this evening to hear the announcement that the True Patriot Love Foundation (TPL) will be hosting its first Winnipeg Tribute Dinner in support of military families, on June 1st 2016 at the RBC Convention Centre, Winnipeg. 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 Tribute Dinner will rally Winnipeg’s influential business and community leaders around this important cause. The money raised from the Winnipeg Tribute Dinner will support 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.

“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.”

“With such a strong Military presence within our community, it is extremely fitting that Winnipeg is the host of a Tribute Dinner in support of True Patriot Love,” said Jason Stefanson, Tribute Dinner Co-Chair. “The health and well-being of the Canadian Forces, Veterans and their families should be important to all Canadians, from coast-to-coast. We, the people of Manitoba, are thrilled to be given this opportunity to show just how grateful we are to those men and women in uniform, who put their lives on the line for us every day.”

The announcement took place at the Government House of Manitoba in Winnipeg and was hosted by Honourary Chair, the Honourable Janice Filmon, Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba. In attendance was General (Ret’d) Rick Hillier, Winnipeg Tribute Dinner Co-Chairs Mike Pyle, David C. Filmon and Jason Stefanson, TPL President Bronwen Evans, local military personnel and local business leaders.

True Patriot Love hosts multiple Tribute Dinners each year, with the goal of increasing support for Canadian Armed Forces, veterans and their families from coast-to-coast. This will be TPL’s first dinner hosted in Winnipeg. On October 14th, TPL hosted a Vancouver Tribute Dinner at the Vancouver Convention Centre, and on November 4th, the Foundation will be hosting the 7th Annual Toronto Tribute Dinner at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

For more information regarding ticket sales or sponsorship, please contact Tracey Taylor, Director of Corporate Sponsorships, at ttaylor@truepatriotlove.com.

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


True Patriot Love Vancouver Tribute Dinner Raised $424,000 in Support of Canada’s Military Families

Published: October 15, 2015

True Patriot Love Vancouver Tribute Dinner Raised $424,00 in Support of Canada’s Military, Veterans and their Families

Vancouver, Oct 15th – Vancouver’s business, political and community leaders came out in full force yesterday evening to support Canada’s military families, raising more than $424,000 for the True Patriot Love Foundation (TPL). The money raised from last night’s Tribute Dinner will support programs in Western 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.

“When military families need assistance coping with the unique challenges they face in their daily lives, we will act on their behalf. When our men and women are injured in training and in combat, we will make sure they get what they need to move their lives forward,” said Michael Burns, TPL Co-Founder. “When our men and women leave the Armed Forces, we will make sure they get the retraining and the jobs they need in order to support their families. And, when our men and women are fighting in silence against Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, we will make sure they get the care and support they need to heal.”

The True Patriot Love Vancouver Tribute Dinner took place at the Vancouver Convention Centre. More than 480 guests from business, political, military and philanthropic communities of British Columbia and Alberta attended. Distinguished guests included the British Columbia Premier, Christy Clark, Mr. Joe Segal* and Rear Admiral Gilles Couturier, Commander of the Maritime Forces Pacific. The evening was hosted by Global News Anchor, Robin Stickley, and featured a special musical performance by Canadian singer-songwriter, Colin James. One of the highlights from the evening was a $50,000 donation made by Vancouver’s own Joe Segal, distinguished businessman and philanthropist.

Cpl Dale Hamilton (Ret’d), spoke on his experience with the Veterans Transition Network, a British Columbia based organization that assists veterans who are transitioning to civilian life, and one of the organizations that has received funding from TPL since the foundations inception in 2009. “The Veterans Transition Network receives the majority of its funding from the private sector. Organizations such as True Patriot Love have been essential in being able to bring our program to as many vets as possible, nationwide,” said Dale. “To date, over 500 vets have gone through our program, myself one of them. For my own part, I don’t know where I would be today without their support.”

True Patriot Love has supported many important programs in Western Canada since 2009. These include $250,000 in funding to the Veterans Transition Network (VTN), a combined $127,700 in funding to the Military Family Resource Centres (MFRCs) located in Esquimalt and Comox, and $71,000 in funding to the Legacy Place Society, which provides a short-term, safe living environment for military personnel.

The Vancouver Tribute Dinner was supported by key sponsors and partners that have allowed the proceeds and funds raised from the evening to benefit a variety of military organizations from coast to coast. The Print Media Sponsor for the evening was National Post and the Media Sponsor for the evening was Shaw Media/Global Television.

True Patriot Love hosts multiple Tribute Dinner across the country each year, with the goal of increasing support for Canadian Armed Forces, veterans and their families from coast-to-coast. On November 4th 2015, TPL will host its Annual Toronto Tribute Dinner at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Photos from the evening can be found at the following link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/l4mv7jgnbfza2oe/AAAxnKkwW_LIiOfAoSxWsV4-a?dl=0

*Joe Segal, C.M., O.B.C., C.B.H.F., O.ST.J., LL.D.(HON).

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

 


Be a Hero for our Heroes this November

Published: October 14, 2015

This Remembrance Day, help support the courageous people who stand on guard for our country, past, present and future.

Join True Patriot Love in our quest to raise awareness of and support for our military heroes and their loved ones. Our Heroes for Heroes Campaign, which runs through Remembrance Day, allows you to provide your customers, clients and employees with a quick and easy way to help these brave men and women get the recognition, services and assistance they deserve. And, by aligning yourself with this important cause, you’ll also be helping your own business by generating public interest and awareness of what your brand stands for.

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Click here to download the informational page above.

For more information, simply email Shannon Caskey, Director of Development, at scaskey@truepatriotlove.com and let us know you’d like to be involved!


Moores Clothing for Men and True Patriot Love

Published: October 1, 2015

Moores Clothing for Men has partnered with Kenneth Cole to carry a special collection of men’s tailored clothing, under the “AWEARNESS Kenneth Cole” label. A contribution from all “AWEARNESS Kenneth Cole” products sold will be donated to True Patriot Love, helping to empower military members, veterans and spouses to succeed in the civilian workforce.

“We are excited to partner with Moores and bring tailored clothing to their customer while at the same time, be able to assist our veterans in their transition into the workforce,” said Kenneth Cole, Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of Kenneth Cole Productions.

“AWEARNESS Kenneth Cole” is a collection tailored for the modern man who wants to “look good, for good.” This line will be available exclusively at Moores Clothing for Men locations across Canada.

If you’re shopping for ties, dress shirts, suits, sport coats, or dress pants, choose the “AWEARNESS Kenneth Cole” label exclusively at Moores, and support True Patriot Love through your purchase.


Seventh Annual True Patriot Love Toronto Tribute Dinner to raise funds for Canadian Armed Forces, veterans and their families set for November 4th, 2015

Published: September 15, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Sept. 15th 2015

Seventh Annual True Patriot Love Toronto Tribute Dinner to raise funds for Canadian Armed Forces, veterans and their families set for November 4th, 2015

Supporters will gather at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre to pay tribute to our men and women in uniform

Toronto, ON – On Wednesday, November 4th, 2015, Toronto’s corporate and community leaders will gather at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (222 Bremner Blvd) for the Seventh Annual True Patriot Love Toronto Tribute Dinner, a gala and fundraiser to show support for Canada’s men and women in uniform, as well as the families that stand behind them. Founded in 2009, the True Patriot Love Foundation (TPL), along with Presenting Sponsor for the evening Bell Canada, 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 gala and fundraiser will include a special performance by Canadian singer-songwriter, and six-time Juno Award winner, Colin James. Funds raised by sponsors and attendees will support military programs and organizations across Canada. The evening will also honour a long-time supporter of True Patriot Love and the veteran community, Mr. Paul Desmarais Jr.

“A contribution by Canadian citizens can make such a difference for the few who put their lives on the line to defend our values,” said Mr. Desmarais Jr.

“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 Honourary Dinner Chair, General (Ret’d) Rick Hillier. “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.”

The Toronto Tribute Dinner is supported by key sponsors and partners that allow the proceeds from the evening to benefit a variety of military organizations from coast-to-coast. The Presenting Sponsor for the evening is Bell Canada. Gold Sponsors include TD Bank Group, Bennett Jones, EQ Works, Navigator, The Printing House and Fuse Marketing Group. Silver Sponsors for the evening include RBC, ISCA (Interior Systems Contractors Association), Deloitte, Osh Kosh Defense, Fox Harb’r Golf Resort & Spa, Hilary & W. Galen Weston, Dunkley Charitable Foundation and VIA Rail. The Print Media Sponsor for the evening is National Post.

Tables (seating 10) for the Toronto Tribute Dinner are available for purchase at $10,000.

True Patriot Love hosts multiple Tribute Dinners each year, with the goal of increasing support for Canadian Armed Forces, veterans and their families from coast-to-coast. On October 14th, 2015, TPL will host a Vancouver Tribute Dinner at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Funds raised from that night will support military programs and organizations based in Western Canada.

For more information about table sales and sponsorships, please contact Tracey Taylor at ttaylor@truepatriotlove.com.

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 more than $15 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 or media accreditation for the True Patriot Love Toronto Tribute Dinner, please contact:

 Amy Simmonds

Communications Coordinator, True Patriot Love Foundation

asimmonds@truepatriotlove.com

647-628-9241


PEI Tribute Dinner hosted by the PEI Friends of True Patriot Love

Published: September 11, 2015

Prince Edward Island Tribute Dinner

November 10, 2015

PEI Brewing Company, Charlottetown

The PEI Friends of the True Patriot Love Foundation are excited to be organizing the first-ever Tribute Dinner in PEI. Through the generous support of sponsors, many Island military, Veterans, and spouses/partners will be invited at no cost, plus money will be raised to fund support programs in PEI.

For event details, please visit www.PEITributeDinner.ca or follow the PEI Tribute Dinner on Facebook and Twitter.

PEI Tribute Dinner Press Conference

The PEI Friends of the True Patriot Love Foundation at the 2015 PEI Tribute Dinner Press Conference. From left to right: Robert Ghiz (Former Premier of Prince Edward Island); Gabriel Mercier (Veteran); Elizabeth le Roux (The Sharp Group); Ivan Kerry (Veteran); Tyler Coady (Veteran); George Olscamp (Veteran); Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable H. Frank Lewis; Allan Callard (Veteran). Photo credit – © Jean-Sébastien Duchesne


True Patriot Love Foundation returns to Vancouver for Tribute Dinner to raise funds for Canadian Armed Forces, veterans and their families

Published: September 10, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Sept. 10th 2015

True Patriot Love Foundation returns to Vancouver for Tribute Dinner to raise funds for Canadian Armed Forces, veterans and their families

Supporters will gather at the Vancouver Convention Centre to pay tribute to our men and women in uniform

Toronto, ON – On Wednesday, October 14, 2015, Vancouver’s corporate and community leaders will gather at the Vancouver Convention Centre (999 Canada Place) for the True Patriot Love Vancouver Tribute Dinner, a gala and fundraiser to show support for Canada’s men and women in uniform, as well as the families that stand behind them. 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 military servicemen and women of the Canadian Forces.

The gala and fundraiser will include a special performance by Canadian singer-songwriter, and six-time Juno Award winner, Colin James. To kick-off the evening, guests will witness a unique piece that was created by a group of Canadian veterans and led by artist – and True Patriot Love supporter – Foster Eastman. Funds raised by sponsors and attendees will support military programs and organizations based in Western Canada.

“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 Honourary Dinner Chair, General (Ret’d) Rick Hillier. “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.”

“The need does not start and finish with the just the serving member,” said Michael Burns, Vancouver Tribute Dinner Fundraising Committee member. “Our soldiers can only fulfill their demanding missions when they have the support of their families, and when they know that their families are being well looked after while they serve. TPL helps to support our military families—as their loved ones support our country by putting themselves in harm’s way for us.”

Tables (seating 10) for the Vancouver Tribute Dinner are available for purchase at $5,000.

The Toronto Tribute Dinner is supported by key sponsors and partners that allow the proceeds from the evening to benefit a variety of military organizations from coast-to-coast. The Print Media Sponsor for the evening is National Post. The Media Sponsor for the evening is Shaw Media/Global Television.

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 November 4th 2015, TPL will host its Annual Toronto Tribute Dinner at the Toronto Metro Convention Centre.

For more information about table sales and sponsorships please contact Tracey Taylor at ttaylor@truepatriotlove.com.

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 more than $15 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 or media accreditation for the True Patriot Love Vancouver Tribute Dinner, please contact:

 Amy Simmonds

Communications Coordinator, True Patriot Love Foundation

asimmonds@truepatriotlove.com

647-628-9241


Gearing Up for the TPL Scotiabank Expedition: Antarctica Training Camp

Published: August 6, 2015

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The countdown is on. There is 1 week left until 9 ill and injured soldiers, 17 business leaders, and 1 team doctor begin their 6 month journey to Antarctica, commencing at Training Camp in the Columbia Icefields and concluding at the top of Vinson Massif, the highest peak on the uninhabited continent and one of the world’s Seven Summits. By doing so, these individuals will raise critical funds and awareness for the brave men and women of our Canadian Armed Forces, to ensure that each individual who has served our country is able to receive the care that they need as they recover and reclaim their body and spirit following their service.

So what do we know about Vinson Massif?

Vinson Massif is 21km long and 13km wide. It lies on the southern part of the main ridge of the Sentinel Range and was named after Carl G Vinson, a Georgia congressman and a major force in 20th century US Antarctic exploration. It was first climbed in December 1966 by a group from the American Alpine Club and the National Science Foundation.

Climbing Vinson Massif is no easy task. In order to prepare for this endeavor, participants are required to train individually and attend this 4 day training session outside of Canmore, Alberta. This will mark the beginning of their journey to the summit. The training camp will take place from August 13th to 18th, 2015. There, participants will learn valuable skills such as mountain camping, rope walking, walking with crampons (spikes on the bottom of shoes for walking on ice or rock) and how to use an ice axe, among many other key skills. On the last day of the training camp, participants will put their new skills to use, and attempt to summit Mount Athabasca.

The camp will be run by Yamnuska Adventures, Canada’s premier provider of mountain adventure experiences for over 33 years. Yamnuska has worked with the British Military for 20 years as the Canadian provider of Adventurous Training, and has extensive relationships with the Canadian Armed Forces.

Here is a quick snapshot of what the True Patriot Love Scotiabank Expedition: Antarctica participants will be doing while at the training camp:

  • Set up camp at Columbia Ice Field, learn how to use harnesses, ropes, knots, crampons, ice axes & cooking equipment;
  • Learn sled rigging & pulling, screw placement, ice anchors, crevasse rescue & ice climbing skills;
  • Learn ascending fixed ropes & abseiling.

 

The hard skills learned throughout the 4 day training camp will be critical when it comes to climbing Vinson Massif, and the soft skills – creating supporting and lasting relationships – will help participants with the mental obstacles that each will experience throughout the expedition.

“We are fighting against the mountain, not to beat it, but striving to tie. All the smartest fighting that has been done in previous wars, was done with respect to the enemy. This will be no different.” – Master Cpl. Peter Burcew, Canadian Forces Veteran and TPL Himalayas Expedition participant.

To follow the participants on this incredible journey, and to show your support, follow True Patriot Love on Facebook & Twitter.

Stay tuned for the launch of the True Patriot Love Scotiabank Expedition: Antarctica official website!


National Benefit Authority presents $150,000 cheque to True Patriot Love Foundation to benefit Canadian Military Families with Children with Special Needs

Published: August 4, 2015

For Immediate Release

National Benefit Authority presents $150,000 cheque to True Patriot Love Foundation to benefit Canadian Military Families with Children with Special Needs

TORONTO (August 4, 2015)The National Benefit Authority (NBA) presented a multi-year gift of $150,000 to the True Patriot Love Foundation (TPL), earlier today at the Toronto Military Family Resource Centre (Toronto MFRC).

The funds will 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.

A portion of the donation was directly disbursed to the Toronto MFRC to support its Casual Care Program. The amount disbursed will cover the cost of 2 spots within the Casual Care Program, 1 day per week for one year, for children with complex special needs. The remaining amount given to TPL from the NBA will be disbursed across Canada to support Military families with children with special needs in order to address a backlog of funding requests in 2015.

“Military families who move frequently are impacted greatly from both an emotional and financial perspective,” said Bronwen Evans, President, True Patriot Love Foundation. “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 new curriculum, and the anxieties of having to make friends in a new community.”

Akiva Medjuck, Founder and CEO of The National Benefit Authority, spoke about the new partnership, “As soon as we were introduced to these two phenomenal organizations, something immediately clicked that these were organizations we wanted to support – to assist in our small way – for them to continue the work that they do.”

In attendance at the cheque presentation were representatives from True Patriot Love Foundation, the Toronto MFRC and the National Benefit Authority. Jason Kenney, Minister of National Defence, had to decline his acceptance to the event due to the announcement made from Ottawa early Sunday morning.

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 more than $15 million to support military charities and research across Canada.

About The National Benefit Authority

The National Benefit Authority (NBA) offers assistance to Canadians with disabilities to receive a Disability Tax Credit from the Canadian Government. NBA specializes in all the processes involved with the Disability Tax Credit applications. NBA clients are Canadian taxpayers who have disabilities that may qualify them to receive substantial refunds through the DTC and other related programs. For more information, visit www.thenba.ca.

About the Toronto MFRC

The Toronto Military Family Resource Centre (TMFRC) is a community based non-profit charitable organization. The goal of the TMFRC is to recognize and foster the unique strengths of families within the military community. The aim is to support military families by providing resources to assist, maintain and enhance their quality of life while living in the Greater Toronto Area. The Casual Care Program is a licensed child care program that is a mandated program for all MFRCs across Canada. It is run year round and is available for children from birth to age 12 years. The MFRC is an inclusive environment and children with special needs are integrated into the casual care program and also a full time child care program.

Media Inquiries

Amy Simmonds

Communications Coordinator, True Patriot Love Foundation

asimmonds@truepatriotlove.com

(647) 628 9241

@tplfoundation