TPL congratulates the Government of Canada on the latest budget and looks forward to future collaboration

Published: March 24, 2017

News Release from True Patriot Love Foundation

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(Toronto, ON) March 23, 2017- The True Patriot Love Foundation (TPL) expressed its congratulations today to the Government of Canada on the latest budget, specifically its commitment to support Canadian Armed Forces Members and Veterans.

Canada’s military, Veterans and their families have made great sacrifices for our country, and TPL applauds all efforts to provide them with the critical support and resources they need.

The national expansion of Veterans’ services at MFRC recognizes not only the unique needs of the Veteran community but also their families. TPL has a long-standing funding relationship with each MFRC and looks forward to expanding its support to now include Veteran families – as this has always been a key priority for TPL.

TPL applauds the creation of a PTSD Centre of Excellence. This will be a tremendous step forward and will allow for continued optimization of mental health care delivery for military and Veteran communities. TPL, along with partners like Bell, has been focused on working to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness while also funding innovative programs and cutting-edge research that is helping to change the landscape of mental health care and recovery.

TPL is also supportive of the government’s focus on enhanced transition services. TPL found in its recently released Veteran Transition Advisory Council: Final Report (created in collaboration with the government, Canadian business leaders, academic institutions and not for profits), that the need is certainly great for enhanced services in this area for members of the military and Veteran communities. TPL is particularly encouraged by the government’s recognition of the unique circumstance of Veterans’ spouses and common-law partners, and the government’s enhanced focus on providing them with the tools and services they need as they navigate into the civilian workforce.

TPL looks forward to further collaborating with the Government of Canada in the months and years to come for the benefit of our serving members, Veterans and their families.


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.

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SCOTIAFUND FOR ILL/INJURED VETERANS

Published: January 30, 2015

SCOTIAFUND FOR ILL/INJURED VETERANS

The Scotiabank Fund of $300,000 over 3 years with matching TPL funds (total $600,000).

 

LEADERSHIP SUPPORT OF TRUE PATRIOT LOVE’S 2014 NORTH POLE EXPEDITION

Generous support of $150K as the Lead Sponsor of the True Patriot Love 2014 North Pole Expedition. Funds raised will support mental health rehabilitation for our soldiers and veterans. Specifically, the funds will help convert a clinical, U.S. mission-based virtual reality exposure therapy, currently used to assess and treat PTSD in American soldiers who have served in Afghanistan and Iraq, to use by Canadian soldiers.

 

  • True Patriot Love Foundation’s third Expedition will take place in January 2016.  Nine wounded soldiers will team up with 18 business leaders to summit Vinson Massif, Antarctica’s highest peak, while raising critical funds and awareness for members of the Canadian military, veterans and their families.

 

As the Presenting Sponsor of the True Patriot Love Expedition: Antarctica, Scotiabank will be a corporate leader, ensuring that our brave men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces are able to receive the care they need.

 

INSPIRING EMPLOYEE GIVING/ENGAGEMENT

Engaging Scotiabank employees to show support to the Scotiabank Fund and to our military veterans and their families, through Scotiabank events and inspiring presentations.

 

 

Their support provided funding to the following orgs:

OUTWARD BOUND VETERANS PROGRAM

The Outward Bound Veterans Program is an adventure-based resiliency and peer-to-peer support program for veterans and current members of the Canadian Forces who were previously deployed, and are now struggling with re-integration into civilian culture; many of the participants are suffering from an Operational Stress Injury, like Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or depression.

VETERAN’S TRANSITION PROGRAM

Funding from Scotia supported the launch of the Veterans Transition Program’s expansion into Central Canada, funding two half courses each in Ontario and Quebec, and on training workshops for local psychologists in the service areas.

PRINCE’S OPERATION ENTREPRENEUR

The Scotia funds supported three Based in Business workshops in Quebec (May) in Newfoundland (July) and Saskatchewan (August).  Specifically the funds were paid for operating costs, and travel, activities, and accommodations benefiting 60 veterans, primarily those with Operational Stress Injuries, like Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

ABILITIES CENTRE

Scotia Funds paid for 50% of the cost of 20 annual memberships to the Abilities Centre for wounded veterans and their families from The GTA, Durham Region, Trenton, Kingston as well as the surrounding towns.  The Abilities Centre, a 125,000 square foot, state-of-the-art, fully accessible facility in Whitby,  is recognized as International Centre of Excellence that delivers enriching sports, fitness, arts, life skills, research and educational opportunities for people of all ages and abilities.

CANADIAN ASSOCIATION FOR DISABLED SKIING

The Scotia funds covered the participation of up to 20 injured veterans and their spouses in the National Capital Division Ski Retreat, including transportation, meals, ski tickets, accommodation and instruction.  For the third year, the Canadian Association for Disabled Skiing – National Capital Division in partnership with Calabogie Peaks Resort provided winter sports instruction for injured soldiers and veterans to support their rehabilitation by organizing and running an adaptive winter sports clinic.


North Pole Expedition: Day 7

Published: April 25, 2014

SHAUN FRANCIS, Expedition Co-chair: Today is go day, we have been fighting high winds and low visibility for the past two days resulting in two pods on the ice and several more waiting for a good weather envelope. We have checked and re-checked our gear and gone for acclimatization skis and hikes all day. It’s been a good opportunity to team build, everyone is socializing together: soldiers,CEOs, Olympians, guides, and film crew.

In our team outpost in Resolute Bay, we have enjoyed the warm hospitality of the Inuit and eclectic smattering of “southern Canadians” who came to visit and stayed for a lifetime.

After a few false starts we are ready to go, knowing full well that in a few days we will miss the hot showers and food from our staging area.

Nervous excitement abounds as we depart for the airfield. Most of our expedition team is now on the ice, and several of us, including Sgt. Bjarne Nielsen, are taking up the rear. It is soon evident that we are fully committed. Our plane is a DC-3 and I am told manufactured in 1943. Thankfully it has had its engines replaced a few years ago. This same plane, equipped with skis, services the South Pole in the summer which tells you there is a limited market for people looking for passage to the most inhospitable terrain on earth. So remote, that we are told by our guides that many of us will experience serious anxiety once we are deposited on the ice and after our plane departs, leaving us in dense silence, thousands of kilometres from other human beings. The DC-3 lands on the ice, floating in like a seaplane, off the icy ridges of the frozen sea, everyone cheers the landing and the official start to our adventure.

Our base camp is just north of King Christian Island. The team of 53 starts out headed to the horizon. The surface is hard and uneven and we stretch out well over a kilometre. It is clear reality has set in, as team members realize every minor adjustment to their equipment is a major effort at this temperature.

I am in a sled team with Bjarne Nielsen, we have jerry-rigged a sled so that he can stabilize himself in the rough terrain and focus on pushing with his arms while I pull him with my legs. We make a great team and I feel lucky to be a part of it. We push 15.8 kilometres on our first day before setting camp. Everyone is tired and anxious to set up camp and get shelter from the biting cold and boil some snow to prepare dinner. We are thankful to warm up as the temperature drops below -30 celsius.

 


Corporate Leaders and Injured Soldiers Launch Largest Expedition to Magnetic North Pole; Make $10,000 Donation in Memory of Nunavut Soldier

Published: April 20, 2014

 

Iqaluit, April 19, 2014 – The True Patriot Love Expedition team today officially begun its journey to the Magnetic North Pole, setting off on what will be a two-week ski trek in some of the most challenging meteorological conditions. Made up of 24 Canadian corporate leaders and 12 ill and injured soldiers, the team will, together, face the mental and physical challenges that stem from a 125-km journey into the Canadian Arctic.

Through this Expedition, the largest of its kind ever undertaken, the team will be raising awareness on the physical and mental injuries that Canadian soldiers continue to face despite the end of Canada’s role in Afghanistan. It is estimated that 30% of the men and women who return from deployment will suffer from an operational stress injury such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), though the symptoms may take years to manifest. Presented by Scotiabank, the Expedition will be filmed for national coverage, helping to break down the stigma associated with mental illness.

As part of the Expedition Launch, True Patriot Love also announced its recent contribution to the “On the Ramp” Bursary established at the University of Manitoba in memory of Corporal Jordan Anderson. The only soldier from Nunavut to have been killed in action during Canada’s mission in Afghanistan, Corporal Anderson was on his second overseas tour serving as a radio operator when he was killed.

Having received tremendous support from the Nunavut communities for the Expedition, the Foundation is proud to recognize Corporal Anderson’s sacrifice and the territory’s commitment by contributing to this prize. “One of the goals of our expedition is to increase patriotism and raise awareness for the needs of our veterans and military families all across the country,” said Shaun Francis, Chair of the True Patriot Love Foundation and Co-Chair of the Expedition. “As a national foundation, we want to recognize the sacrifices that were made in every corner of the country, and to honour the memory of those who gave their lives for our country.”

The bursary in memory of Corporal Anderson is housed at the University of Manitoba, where he was a student just short of completing his Bachelor of Political Science / History when he was killed in 2007.

“We are proud to offer this bursary to serving and retired members of the Canadian Forces, and are grateful for the support from True Patriot Love,” said Stephanie Levene, Associate Vice-President, Donor Relations at the University of Manitoba. “The awareness they are raising through their Expedition, in addition to the funds committed to the bursary, helps Canadian soldiers and veterans as they return home and pursue civilian lives, whether through employment or academia.”

 

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 in Canada 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 four years, True Patriot Love has raised over $16 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.

 

For inquiries, please contact:

 

Hilary Coles

Expedition Director

True Patriot Love Foundation

hcoles@truepatriotlove.com

(647) 227-5238

 


True Patriot Love Tribute Dinner in Calgary Raises $1.2 Million to Support Western Canada’s Military Families

Published: April 3, 2014

Calgary, April 3, 2014 – Calgary’s business, political and community leaders came out in force tonight to support Canada’s military families, raising more than $1.2 million for The True Patriot Love Foundation (TPL). The money raised from tonight’s Tribute Dinner will support programs in Western Canada that address the Foundation’s three areas of focus: mental health and well-being, physical health and rehabilitation, and family health and support.

“Unfortunately, our military families often feel disconnected from the very people that they serve. This dinner gives Calgarians the opportunity to stand behind our military families and thank them for the sacrifices they make on behalf of all Canadians,” said Laureen Harper, who served as Honorary Chair of tonight’s event with Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health and MP for Edmonton-Spruce Grove.

“We are grateful for the support the Calgary community has shown,” said Andy McCreath, co-chair of TPL’s local dinner committee. “The money raised tonight will make a big difference, whether it is through home and vehicle modifications for injured soldiers, counselling for families dealing with emotional issues, or programs for children and youth.” McCreath co-chaired the committee with Christian Darbyshire and Lois Mitchell.

Presented by Tim Hortons, the Calgary Tribute Dinner took place at the BMO Centre. More than 1,000 guests from Calgary’s business, political and philanthropic communities attended, including The Honourable Donald Ethell, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta and The Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of National Defence. Other major corporate sponsors included ATCO, Mediaco, ADGA and MEG Energy. The evening featured a special musical performance by Canada’s Tom Cochrane and Red Rider.

“When I returned from my second tour overseas, I lost my sense of purpose and didn’t know what I was qualified to do in the civilian world,” said Sergeant (Ret’d) Scott Gullion, who participated in a TPL-funded program in 2011 and remains involved with the program to this day. “Thanks to True Patriot Love, I was able to feel that other Canadians valued that we had been willing “to stand on guard for thee.”  Funded by Canadians for Canadians, the Foundation made me feel that Canadians valued the years I spent in service.”

 

“Canada’s military stands second to none in terms of skill, courage, tenacity and willingness to sacrifice. But when that sacrifice becomes too much, it’s our duty as citizens to help,” said Michael Burns, Vice-Chair of True Patriot Love. “Even though our mission in Afghanistan has come to a close, military families will continue to need our support.  Tonight’s financial and moral backing will go a long way to improve the lives of so many deserving families.

True Patriot Love is a national not-for-profit organization that honours the sacrifices of members of the Canadian Forces, veterans and their families by stepping in where government is unable to fund programs in family health and support, physical health and rehabilitation, and mental health and wellbeing.  Over the last five years, the True Patriot Love Foundation (TPL) has raised more than $16 million to support military charities across Canada.  For more information, visit www.truepatriotlove.com.

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Media Contact 

Hilary Coles
Manager of Marketing |True Patriot Love
(647) 227-5238
hcoles@truepatriotlove.com

 


Toronto Maple Leafs’ Joffrey Lupul joins with David Yurman to show ‘True Patriot Love’

Published: January 16, 2014

Toronto ON – Thursday, January 16, 2014 – Today Toronto Maple Leafs’ Joffrey Lupul is hosting a reception at the grand opening of the David Yurman store at the Yorkdale Mall in support of the True Patriot Love Foundation.  Ten percent of the evenings’ sales will go towards programs that support soldiers who are facing challenges in making the transition from military to civilian employment.

Last year, the True Patriot Love Foundation, at the request of the Minister for Veterans Affairs, assembled the Veteran Transition Advisory Council to identify systemic barriers that prevent veterans from transitioning to meaningful civilian employment.  The Council’s recommendations to the Minister include a one-stop online portal for information on services to assist with transition, a national peer mentorship program, a marketing campaign to educate corporate Canada on the value of hiring veterans, and  tailored employment supports for soldiers with physical and mental injuries. Mr. Lupul is proud to support Canada’s men and women in uniform through Lupe’s Troops. In addition to personally providing Leafs tickets and a hockey night experience to active members in the Forces at each home game, he also works with many other groups to help raise awareness and funds to support our veterans and their families.

“It is important for people to remember that soldiers continue to require our support long after they have taken off their uniforms. Helping them transition back into society is the right thing to do and it’s good for the economy,” says Mr. Lupul, “They have portable skills, they know what hard work is and they make terrific team players – just like great hockey players.”

“The True Patriot Love Foundation is honoured to receive support from Joffrey Lupul and David Yurman,” says Michael Burns, Co-Founder and Vice-Chair of the TPL Foundation.  “The money raised tonight will help fund peer-to-peer support programs that assist veterans in adjusting to civilian culture and ultimately transitioning to a civilian career.”

About True Patriot Love Foundation:

True Patriot Love Foundation is a national non-profit organization that honours the sacrifices of members of the Canadian Armed Forces, veterans and their families by stepping in where government is unable to fund programs to address family health and support, physical health and rehabilitation as well as mental health and wellbeing.

About Lupe’s Troops:

 

Since January 3, 2009, current members of the Canadian Armed Forces have been saluted at games at Air Canada Centre. As guests, dedicated men and women of the military have been recognized with standing ovations from the patrons, and on some occasions, both teams, when introduced at each home game.

This year, Lupul insisted on carrying on the program created by former Maple Leaf Luke Schenn. This initiative, originally coined as ‘Luke’s Troops,’ was aptly renamed ‘Lupe’s Troops’ for the 2013-14 season. Through this project, Lupul welcomes a member of the Canadian Armed Forces that has served overseas. He provides a pair of tickets to a game, food and beverage, and a jersey to all of his guests; an annual commitment of more than $15,000. The Forces members are selected from many of the bases within Toronto and the surrounding area.

In addition to these game initiatives, Joffrey contributes to many events and programs in order to continue to raise funds for Lupe’s Troops.

About David Yurman Inc.:

David Yurman was founded in New York in 1980, and quickly became known as America’s leading fine jewelry and luxury timepiece designer for men, women, and children. The signature gold and silver designs; diamond, pearl, and gemstone jewelry; and Swiss-crafted timepieces are renowned for capturing the essence of relaxed American luxury. David Yurman collections are available at 29 retail locations throughout the United States, France and China, and at authorized fine jewelry and timepiece retailers worldwide.

For more information about David Yurman, visit davidyurman.com.

Follow us on: Twitter.com/davidyurman, Instagram.com/davidyurman, Pinterest.com/davidyurman, Youtube.com/davidyurman, Facebook.com/davidyurman.

 

Media Contact:

Hilary Coles, True Patriot Love Foundation

hcoles@truepatriotlove.com

416.628.4972


Largest Expedition Team Ever to Ski to the North Pole in Support of Injured Canadian Soldiers

Published: January 13, 2014

Montreal QC – Friday, January 10, 2014 Today in Montreal, the True Patriot Love Foundation announced that the organization has assembled the largest expedition team in history to ski to the North Magnetic Pole.  The team will be comprised of twelve Canadian soldiers who were injured while serving and twenty-four prominent Canadian business leaders.  The goal of the expedition is to raise awareness of the physical and mental injuries that continue to impact Canadian soldiers even though Canada’s role in Afghanistan is winding down.

 

Led by renowned Canadian Arctic expert Richard Weber, the two-week cross-country ski expedition, presented by Scotiabank, will depart from Resolute Bay on April 21, 2014, and will be filmed for national coverage. The wounded soldiers and business leaders will be paired up to test their respective limits as they cross the perilous terrain in frigid temperatures. The True Patriot Love expedition will strive to inspire hope by highlighting the soldiers’ courage and determination post injury.

 

It is estimated that approximately 30% of the men and women who have deployed are suffering from an Operational Stress Injury, like Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or depression. It is often years before veterans seek treatment, either because it takes time for the symptoms to progress or because of the stigma of mental illness.

 

“The recent troubling news of the four Canadian soldier suicides brings a special significance to this expedition. Canadians across the country will have the opportunity to get to know some of the veterans who are struggling and we are confident that their compelling stories will have a lasting impact,” said Paul Desmarais III, Chair of the TPL Expedition.

 

The civilian team will be led by  True Patriot Love co-founder and Chair, Shaun Francis, Tim Hodgson, former Special Advisor to Governor Mark Carney of the Bank of Canada and current Managing Partner of Alignvest Capital Management, and Paul Desmarais III of Great-West Lifeco. Sponsors in addition to Scotiabank include Canada Goose, Power Corporation of Canada, Barclays, Bruce Etherington & Associates, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP, Greensoil Investments, and Kruger Products.

 

The soldier team will be led by Lieutenant-Colonel David Quick and supervised by the team doctor, Lieutenant-Colonel Markus Besemann, and will meet for the first time on February 7, 2014 for an Arctic training camp in the Gatineau region.

 

“I am injured, but not broken. As a veteran, joining my peers under the support and guidance of Canada’s Top Civilian Leaders, I will be facing the challenges of the North Pole, hoping to find the path to recovery and healing.” said retired Leading Seaman Bruno Guvremont of the 2014 Soldier Team.

 

“Through the True Patriot Love Expedition and our newly launched Wounded Veterans Fund, Scotiabank is proud to support the brave, injured men and women who continue to serve our country each day. As a national corporation, we recognize the important of caring for our own military members, veterans, and families.” said Carole Chapdelaine, Scotiabank’s Senior Vice-President, Quebec and Eastern Ontario Region.

 

Soldier Team Members

Ron Cleroux, NS

Shauna Davies, QC

Adam de Bartok, ON

Bruno Guevremont, QC

Tim Haveman, BC

Dominique Kowlesaar ON

Andrew Knisley, ON

Daniel Lee, BC

Mathieu Levesque, QC

Annette Lockstein, ON

Jeremy Meyer, QC

Bjarne Nielsen, ON

Daniel Scott, BC

Sarah Travis, MB

 

Civilian Team Members

Peter Aghar, President, Crux Capital

Peter Bethlenfalvy formerly Manulife Financial Senior Vice-President

Eric Boyko, CEO, Stingray Digital

Philip Deck, CEO, Extuple

Paul Desmarais III , Vice-President, Risk Management, Great-West Life

Paul Desmarais Jr., CEO, Power Corp

Jim Fasano, Vice-President, CPPIB

Charles Field-Marsham, President, Kestrel Management

Shaun Francis, CEO, Medcan Health Management

Claudia Hepburn, Executive Director, Next 36

Tim Hodgson, Managing Partner, Alignvest

Daniel Labrecque, CEO, DNA Capital

Jim Leech, retired President and CEO of Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

Andy Lennox, Senior Vice President, Scotiabank

Susan McArthur, Managing Partner, GreenSoil Investments

Dougal Macdonald, President, Morgan Stanley Canada

Francois Olivier, President and CEO, Transcontinental

Aaron Regent, Managing Partner, Magris Capital

Bruce Rothney, CEO, Barclays Canada

Sandy Skotnicki Medical Director, Bay Dermatology Centre

David Vickerman, Executive Director, Greystone Managed Investments

Bernard Voyer, Canadian Explorer and Mountaineer

Hayley Wickenheiser, Canada’s National Hockey Team Player

Geordie Young, Vice-President, Gluskin Sheff

 

 

About True Patriot Love Foundation:

True Patriot Love is a national not-for-profit organization that honours the sacrifices of members of the Canadian Forces, Veterans and their families by stepping in where government is unable to fund programs in family health and support, physical health and rehabilitation, and mental health and wellbeing.  True Patriot Love’s first expedition was to the Himalayas where a team of injured soldiers and business leaders successfully summited Island Peak at 20,305 ft.

 

About Scotiabank:

Scotiabank is committed to supporting the communities in which we live and work, both in Canada and abroad, through our global philanthropic program, Scotiabank Bright Future. Recognized as a leader internationally and among Canadian corporations for our charitable donations and philanthropic activities, Scotiabank has provided on average approximately $47 million annually to community causes around the world over each of the last five years. Visit www.scotiabank.com.

 

Media Contact:

Hilary Coles, Expedition Director

True Patriot Love Foundation

hcoles@truepatriotlove.com

416.628.4972


True Patriot Love celebrate Canada’s military families at fifth annual True Patriot Love Tribute Dinner

Published: November 7, 2013

Event raises over $2 million to support programs for members of the Canadian military and their families

 

Toronto, November 7, 2013 – Today marks the fifth anniversary of the True Patriot Love Tribute (TPL) Dinner, the largest Canadian military fundraiser in history. Presented by Bell, the TPL Tribute Dinner has raised over $15 million since 2009 to support a variety of health and well-being programs and organizations across the country that provide resources for military families.

 

Master-Corporal Mark Anstey spoke to the 1,600 attendees present at the Dinner about the unique stressors of military life, especially when military families have children with special needs. When families move from one base to another, they can be put on waiting lists for publicly-funded support and need to pay out-of-pocket for assessments, respite care and therapy. “The cost of therapy was significant for our family and thanks to funding from True Patriot Love my son is receiving the therapy he so badly needs for his autism,” said Master-Corporal Anstey.

 

The funds raised by TPL support programs for military families in three priority areas:

 

  • Family health and support including: emergency childcare, sending military kids to camp, child and youth programs, supports for children with special needs, tutoring and transition from military to civilian employment
  • Physical health and rehabilitation including home and vehicle modification for injured soldiers
  • Mental health and well-being including: counseling for families dealing with Operational Stress Injuries (such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), grief counseling and peer-to-peer support programs.

 

“Bell Let’s Talk is very proud to partner with True Patriot Love in supporting members of the Canadian military and their families,” said Mary Deacon, Chair of the Bell Let’s Talk Mental Health Initiative. “Through the Bell True Patriot Love Fund and the True Patriot Love Tribute Dinner we are able to support important programs that ensure access to mental health care on Canadian Forces Bases across the country.”

 

On November 6, TPL and Bell announced the first grant from the Bell True Patriot Love Fund, a $1 million 4-year program to support community mental health initiatives for Canadian military families. The Fund presented a $20,000 grant to the Toronto Military Family Resource Centre to support a series of mental health workshops for military members and their families to promote mental health and well-being, focused on the challenges specific to military life. Military Family Resource Centres across Canada are receiving further grants for programs ranging from coping with the impact of deployment on families to training for suicide intervention.

 

“Canada has a world-class military of highly-qualified people like Master-Corporal Anstey who serve each day without complaint,” said Shaun Francis, Chair and Co-Founder of the TPL Foundation. “We need to embrace our service members and assure them that their country appreciates and recognizes their sacrifices. I am particularly proud to see, on our fifth anniversary, so many generous individual Canadians and corporations like Bell, who have made our mission their own to champion. True Patriot Love is Canada’s way to give back to those families who have given so much.”

 

Musical entertainment for the evening was provided by the Barenaked Ladies and an F-35 Simulator provided by Lockheed Martin was on display.

 

About the True Patriot Love Foundation

Established in 2008,True Patriot Love is a national foundation dedicated to honouring 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. Please visit www.truepatriotlovefoundation.com for more information.

About Bell
Founded in Montréal in 1880, Bell is Canada’s largest communications company, providing consumers and business customers with leading TV, Internet, wireless, home phone and business communications solutions. Bell Media is Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio and digital 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 mental health initiative is a national charitable and awareness program promoting mental health across Canada with the Bell Let’s Talk Day anti-stigma campaign and significant Bell funding of community care and access, research, and workplace initiatives. To learn more, please visit Bell.ca/LetsTalk.

Media inquiries:

Hilary Coles

Manager, Business Development and Marketing

True Patriot Love Foundation

416.628.4972

hcoles@truepatriotlove.com

Jacqueline Michelis

Bell, Media Relations

1 855 785-1427

jacqueline.michelis@bell.ca

 


Canadian Military Profiled at 2013 RBC Open!

Published: August 7, 2013

TPL was on-hand during the 2013 RBC Canadian Open to support Canada’s military members! We were so proud to see our country’s heroes profiled at this great event.