TPL Presents Tri-National Military Mental Health Symposium

Published: September 24, 2012

TPL PRESENTS TRI-NATIONAL MILITARY MENTAL HEALTH SYMPOSIUM

September 24, 2012 – Washington, D.C.

The True Patriot Love Foundation was proud to host military and mental health leaders from Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom today at the Embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C., to facilitate a teaming effort across multiple disciplines and countries that addresses the most critical military mental health issues, and to share best practices in order to promote successful outcomes for military members, veterans, and their family members.

“The True Patriot Love Foundation has shown extraordinary leadership by organizing this symposium in Washington. This event reinforces the fact that collaboration and cooperation are key to tackling and treating mental health injuries. These issues transcend organizational boundaries and territorial borders,” said the Chief of the Defence Staff, General Walt Natynczyk, Symposium keynote speaker. “While we are making progress in breaking down ‘old school’ barriers to the identification and treatment of mental health issues, we still have much work to do to overcome the stigma and accelerate treatment. We will continue to work with our allies, partners and professional medical organizations to ensure those who need help, get it. We owe those who have sacrificed so much, the very best support we are able to provide.”

In a program including Parliamentary Secretary Chris Alexander and the Surgeon-General Jean-Robert Bernier, speakers outlined the purpose of the day. “Having come through ten years of war in Afghanistan, the countries represented here today are each facing difficult challenges in addressing the mental health and wellbeing of the men and women who served, and the families that served by their sides,” stated Shaun Francis, Chair and Founder of the True Patriot Love Foundation. “Today we will have a candid dialogue about the nature and scope of military mental health challenges, and how government, charities, and the private sector can work together to help ensure a prosperous and purposeful life for those men and women who have sacrificed so much.”

Active panel sessions  included U.K. Surgeon Captain John Sharpley, Canadian Colonel and Lead Psychologist Rakesh Jetly , and U.S. Colonel Carl Castro, who challenged the organizations and leaders in attendance to act, “We can say the right things, but ultimately it is about what we do. As a manager of research, I know shortcuts don’t work. Our service members deserve the full treatment, with no shortcuts and efficacy based treatment.”

Going forward, True Patriot Love plans to further this international cooperation for the optimization of the lives of military members and their families by instituting a follow-up series and a rotating annual symposium.

ABOUT TRUE PATRIOT LOVE True Patriot Love is a national foundation that supports and honours members of the Canadian military and their families. It was founded by a group of citizens dedicated to building bridges between Canadian civilians and their military, in order to better understand and appreciate the sacrifices of soldiers and their families. In celebrating the patriotism of our military families, our foundation also strives to inspire Canadians to serve their country, whether it’s in or out of uniform.

Over the past three years, True Patriot Love was honoured to have raised $11 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.

MEDIA CONTACT Hilary Coles Manager, Communications and PR hcoles@truepatriotlove.com 416-628-4972 647-227-5238


Funding Announced at Highway of Heroes Unveiling

Published: August 12, 2012

TRUE PATRIOT LOVE FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES FUNDING FOR ATLANTIC CANADIAN MILITARY FAMILIES AT HIGHWAY OF HEROES UNVEILING

SUNDAY AUGUST 12, 2012 – Fredericton, New Brunswick

Today, True Patriot Love was thrilled to return to Atlantic Canada to make a special funding announcement and presentation with Premier David Alward, MLA Brian Macdonald, Legislative Secretary to the Premier, award-winning Canadian band the Trews, and the citizens of Fredericton as part of the unveiling of the New Brunswick Highway of Heroes.

The True Patriot Love Foundation announced over $350,000 in funding to support military families in Atlantic Canada from the proceeds of its second fundraising dinner in Eastern Canada, the Atlantic Maple Leaf Tribute Dinner. Disbursements include $50,000 to the Military Family Resource Centres (MFRC) across Atlantic Canada, including the Halifax and Greenwood, which play a critical role in providing military families with relevant programs and services that empower and encourage strong, independent individuals and families within the Canadian Forces.

Other funding disbursements include $250,000 to the Veterans Transition Program in Atlantic Canada to ensure the mental health and well-being of military members and veterans. This successful program helps former members of the Canadian military make the sometimes difficult transition back to civilian life, reducing traumatic symptoms and experiencing greater self-confidence.

Also announced was $800,000 to the Military Families Fund to support families with special needs children and to provide home and vehicle modifications to our ill and injured members and veterans. As national programs, they will not only affect the Atlantic region but most importantly will help families in need across Canada when and where it is needed most.

True Patriot Love also took this opportunity to recognize Judith Irving, the Atlantic Maple Leaf Tribute Dinner Fundraising Committee Chair, with a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her dedication to helping our military families.

“We are honoured to be back in Atlantic Canada to not only announce the funding from the Atlantic Maple Leaf 2011 Tribute Dinner, but also to recognize Judith Irving, who has supported True Patriot Love and demonstrated her dedication to helping our military families in Atlantic Canada and across Canada,” said Bronwen Evans, a founding Director of True Patriot Love. “Our announcement today reflects this commitment to both our local community and to the military community as a whole, as each program plays a critical role in Atlantic Canada and across the country in supporting the mental, physical and family health of our military families.”

True Patriot Love was designated Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medals to recognize and pay tribute to those whose achievements have benefited their fellow citizens, their communities, their organizations and their country. The True Patriot Love Foundation will continue to recognize distinguished Canadians with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal throughout 2012.

ABOUT TRUE PATRIOT LOVE

True Patriot Love is a national foundation that supports and honours members of the Canadian military and their families. It was founded by a group of citizens dedicated to building bridges between Canadian civilians and their military, in order to better understand and appreciate the sacrifices of soldiers and their families. In celebrating the patriotism of our military families, our foundation also strives to inspire Canadians to serve their country, whether it’s in or out of uniform.

Over the past three years, True Patriot Love was honoured to have raised $11 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.

MEDIA CONTACT

Hilary Coles

True Patriot Love Foundation

hcoles@truepatriotlove.com

416-628-4972 647-227-5238


True Patriot Love Honours Seven Deserving Canadians

Published: July 12, 2012

TRUE PATRIOT LOVE HONOURS SEVEN DESERVING CANADIANS WITH QUEEN’S DIAMOND JUBILEE MEDALS

 TORONTO, ON – Thursday, July 12, 2012  Today, the True Patriot Love Foundation honoured deserving Canadians with the presentation of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medals at a surprise ceremony during a Treble Victor Group networking event. Of the citizens recognized today, most have served in the Canadian, South African or British Armed Forces.

Presenting the medals was True Patriot Love Foundation Co-Founder and Director, Erin O’Toole who himself is a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal recipient, a decorated veteran of the Canadian Forces, and a member of Treble Victor Group.

“Our commitment to Canada is strengthened when we collectively pay homage to those who distinguish themselves by virtue of their talents, their generosity, and their service to their community and to our country,” said Mr. O’Toole. “I am honoured to have this opportunity to thank these distinguished individuals who have shown leadership in and out of uniform and continue to give back to the military community by playing an integral role in True Patriot Love’s first veterans career conference, From Battlefield to Boardroom: A Symposium for Corporate Canada on the Value of Military Veterans, this fall in Toronto.”

We are proud to recognize today’s recipients for their contributions:

Jim Leech, President & CEO, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (Canadian Army)

David LeClaire, President, Oberon Capital Corporation (Royal Canadian Navy)

David Mack , Project Manager, RBC Capital Markets (British Army)

Mark Walden, Director, Business Development, BMO (Canadian Army)

Joel Watson, Partner, Heenan Blaikie (Canadian Army)

Philip Grosch, National Leader & Partner, Technology Consulting and Business Transformation, PricewaterhouseCoopers Canada (South African Navy)

Duncan Hobbs, President, Charton Hobbs

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal was created to celebrate Her Majesty’s accession to the Throne 60 years ago. This commemorative medal is a tangible and lasting way to pay tribute to 60,000 Canadians whose achievements have benefited their fellow citizens, their communities, their organizations and their country. It provides an opportunity to look back and recognize those who made Canada what it is today, and to look forward and recognize youth who are actively involved in our country’s future.

The True Patriot Love Foundation will continue to recognize distinguished Canadians with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal throughout 2012.

About TPL:

The True Patriot Love Foundation was formed by a group of dedicated business leaders to support and honour members of the Canadian military and their families, while also building bridges between Canadian civilians and the military to better understand and appreciate the sacrifices of soldiers and their families.

Since its inception 3 years ago, TPL has raised almost $11 million for military family health and support, for the physical health and rehabilitation of our injured military personnel and veterans, and for ensuring the mental health and well-being of both our military members, veterans and their families. TPL’s fourth annual True Patriot Love Tribute Gala, presented by Bell, is on November 1, 2012 in Toronto.

Please visit www.truepatriotlovefoundation.com for more information.

 


Golf Tournament Raises $130,000 to Send Children to Camp

Published: June 27, 2012

TRUE PATRIOT LOVE RAISES $130,000 AT 2ND ANNUAL INVITATIONAL FOR HEROES TO SEND CHILDREN OF MILITARY FAMILIES TO CAMP

TORONTO, ON – Wednesday, June 27, 2012  Today, the True Patriot Love Foundation (TPL) held their 2nd Annual Leslois Shaw Invitational for Heroes at Angus Glen Golf Club in Toronto in support of military families.

This sold out event was enjoyed by over 100 participants that ranged from corporate leaders to members of our Canadian Forces and raised over $130,000.

“We are honoured to have the LesLois Shaw Foundation rejoining us as title sponsor,” said Bronwen Evans, Director of the True Patriot Love Foundation. “And we are proud to announce that all proceeds generated from today’s event will be donated to Camp Maple Leaf to allow the children of fallen, ill, injured, currently deployed and recently deployed members of the Canadian Forces to enjoy a week at camp.”

Established in 1955 as a legacy from the Canadian Council of War Veterans, Camp Maple Leaf hosts 300 military children annually to enjoy a week of challenging and fun activities that promotes the development of self-confidence, self-esteem, problem solving skills, leadership and conflict resolution.

As part of this event, the True Patriot Love Foundation presented the event Co-Chairs Michel Pratt and Nicolas Mulroney with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.

“Our commitment to Canada is strengthened when we collectively pay homage to those who distinguish themselves by virtue of their talents, their generosity, and their service to their community and to our country,” said Ms. Evans. “We are proud to recognize Michel Pratt and Nicolas Mulroney as this evening’s recipients for their contributions and their dedication to helping our military families.”

Angus Glenn will be hosting the 3rd Annual Leslois Shaw Invitation for Heroes again next year.

Dinner sponsor: BARRICK Golf Cart Sponsor: THE GARY AND JOANNE REAMEY FAMILY Beverage Cart Sponsor: LABATT Gold Sponsor: GLAXOSMITHKLINE Silver Sponsors: THE CARPENTERS’ UNION, KPMG, and SELF MANAGEMENT GROUP Print Sponsor: THE PRINTING HOUSE Golf Ball Sponsor: ARVAN REHAB GROUP.

About TPL: The True Patriot Love Foundation was formed by a group of dedicated business leaders to support and honour members of the Canadian military and their families, while also building bridges between Canadian civilians and the military to better understand and appreciate the sacrifices of soldiers and their families.

Since its inception 3 years ago, TPL has raised almost $11 million for military family health and support, for the physical health and rehabilitation of our injured military personnel, and to ensuring the mental health and well-being of both our military and their families. TPL’s fourth annual True Patriot Love Tribute Gala, presented by Bell, is on November 1, 2012 in Toronto.

Please visit www.truepatriotlovefoundation.com for more information.


TPL Pledges $1 Million to Address Mental Health

Published: June 21, 2012

HALF OF $2 MILLION TRUE PATRIOT LOVE PLEDGE TO ADDRESS GAP IN MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT FOR MILITARY FAMILIES

TORONTO, June 21, 2012 /CNW/ – Today, the True Patriot Love Foundation (TPL) pledged $1 million over the next year to fund mental health programs and services for the members of the Canadian Forces and their families.

The pressing need for mental health support was identified last year in a comprehensive independent report by the Mezzanine Group, commissioned by TPL, to pinpoint the largest gaps in services to support military families.

“Last year saw the conclusion of a decade’s worth of Canada’s participation in conflict in Afghanistan. For many members of the Canadian Forces, the profound effects of post-traumatic stress disorder are just beginning to surface, requiring specialized individual and family counseling to deal with a myriad of issues, including anxiety, depression, substance abuse and homelessness,” said Shaun Francis, Chair and Founder of TPL.

TPL’s commitment to mental health is supported by True Patriot Love Tribute Gala sponsor Bell Canada, which has committed its Gala support to mental health programs for Canadian Forces members and their families. Bell’s support for TPL is part of the $50 million Bell Let’s Talk mental health initiative, the largest ever corporate commitment to mental health in Canada.

“Bell is proud to work with the True Patriot Love Foundation to support Canadian service men and women, and their families, dealing with issues related to mental health,” said Mary Deacon, Chair of the Bell Let’s Talk mental health initiative.

This summer, TPL is assembling a team of experts to identify where the $1 million earmarked for mental health will be most effective. The findings will be announced at the Tri-National Military Mental Health Symposium at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C. from September 24 – 25, hosted by TPL. The symposium will feature extensive collaboration among Canadian officials, the White House, British officials, business executives and NGOs from all three countries to examine issues surrounding veteran mental health, its effective treatment and de-stigmatization.

The Mezzanine report also identified significant gaps in the areas of family health and support (such as childcare and supports for military children with special needs), and physical health and rehabilitation of injured soldiers. In response, TPL today also committed $1.0 million over the next year to these two areas ($500,000 each).

“Our great fear is that Canada’s declining presence in Afghanistan leads to decreased mindshare for the military among civilian Canadians. This makes True Patriot Love’s mission doubly important. If we succeed, no military charity in our country will ever have to worry about having resources available to them. Our military families will feel the support provided by regular Canadian citizens. And all Canadians will be able to say that they have met a man or women in uniform,” said Francis.

Going forward, TPL plans to increase its annual disbursements from $2 million in 2012 to $3 million a year by 2015.

About TPL: The True Patriot Love Foundation was formed by a group of dedicated business leaders to support and honour members of the Canadian military and their families, while also building bridges between Canadian civilians and the military to better understand and appreciate the sacrifices of soldiers and their families.

Since its inception 3 years ago, TPL has raised almost $11 million for military family health and support, for the physical health and rehabilitation of our injured military personnel, and to ensuring the mental health and well-being of both our military and their families. TPL’s fourth annual True Patriot Love Tribute Gala, presented by Bell, is on November 1, 2012 in Toronto.

Please visit www.truepatriotlovefoundation.com for more information.


TPL Honours Deserving Canadians with Queen’s Medals

Published: June 21, 2012

TRUE PATRIOT LOVE HONOURS DESERVING CANADIANS WITH QUEEN’S DIAMOND JUBILEE MEDALS

TORONTO, ON – Thursday, June 21, 2012  Today, the True Patriot Love Foundation honoured deserving Canadians with the presentation of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medals.

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal was created to celebrate Her Majesty’s accession to the Throne 60 years ago. This commemorative medal is a tangible and lasting way to pay tribute to 60,000 Canadians whose achievements have benefited their fellow citizens, their communities, their organizations and their country. It provides an opportunity to look back and recognize those who made Canada what it is today, and to look forward and recognize youth who are actively involved in our country’s future.

“Our commitment to Canada is strengthened when we collectively pay homage to those who distinguish themselves by virtue of their talents, their generosity, and their service to their community and to our country,” said Shaun Francis, Founder and Chairman of the True Patriot Love Foundation. “I am honoured to have this opportunity to thank those individuals who have supported True Patriot Love and demonstrated their dedication to helping our military families.”

The True Patriot Love Foundation will continue to recognize distinguished Canadians with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal throughout 2012.

We are proud to recognize today’s recipients for their contributions:

Charlie Angelakos, Mauro Baldassara, Conrad Bellehumeur, Christopher Brown, Michael Cooper, George Cope, Mary Deacon, Danny Deep, Ferg Devins, James Dodds, Sara Dunkley, Geoffrey Dyer, Paul House, Judith Irving, Steven Joyce, Cameron Kenyon, Marc Laliberte, Shawn Leslie, Mike Martin, Joe Natale, Earle O’Born, Jan Ottens, Tim Patriquin, Gary Reamey, Ed Rogers, Calin Rovinescu, Gregg Saretsky, Walter Schneider, Ben Smith, Warren Spitz, Jaime Watt, and Richard Waugh.

About TPL: The True Patriot Love Foundation was formed by a group of dedicated business leaders to support and honour members of the Canadian military and their families, while also building bridges between Canadian civilians and the military to better understand and appreciate the sacrifices of soldiers and their families.

Since its inception 3 years ago, TPL has raised almost $11 million for military family health and support, for the physical health and rehabilitation of our injured military personnel, and for ensuring the mental health and well-being of both our military members and their families. TPL’s fourth annual True Patriot Love Tribute Gala, presented by Bell, is on November 1, 2012 in Toronto.

Please visit www.truepatriotlovefoundation.com for more information.