Calgary, AB – The Calgary Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC) is delighted to announce that it has received a $25,000 grant from the Bell True Patriot Love Fund, which will allow the MFRC to expand its outreach to military couples coping with OSI and PTSD.

Calgary MFRC will bring together 80 participants in a two day “Moving Forward Retreat.” The Bell True Patriot Love Fund grant will go toward providing programming from 20 mental health service providers and speakers, who will offer support and insight to the couples throughout the retreat.

“As a retired CAF member with a diagnosed OSI, I understand firsthand the difficulty of both recognizing such an issue and seeking help in dealing with it,” said Charles Hamel, MFRC Board Chair and retired CAF Colonel. “Having recently been involved with TPL on a fundraising level, it has provided me insight on the extraordinary level of advocacy that exist in the private sector in support of our troops, as well as the hard work and dedication of the volunteer board members and staff involved in fundraising events. The Bell True Patriot Love grant will allow the MFRC to connect community partners with military families ready to embark on their recovery journey, and show those not quite ready that assistance is there when they are. Every dollar of this grant will help change the lives of our most selfless individuals, giving them the freedom they gave us.”

“Bell Let’s Talk is proud to support Canadian Armed Forces members and Veterans who are struggling with OSI and PTSD through the Calgary Military Family Resource Centre with this donation 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 32 grants to programs delivered through MFRCs and other charities that work to improve access to mental health care in military communities across Canada.

Bell Let’s Talk Day is tomorrow

The 6th annual Bell Let’s Talk Day is tomorrow, January 27. For every text message, wireless and long distance call made by Bell customers on January 27, or for every tweet using #BellLetsTalk, and every Facebook share of the Bell Let’s Talk Day image at Facebook.com/BellLetsTalk, Bell will donate 5 cents to support Canadian mental health programs. On Bell Let’s Talk Day 2015, a record 122,150,772 calls, tweets, texts, calls and shares resulted in Bell committing a further $6,107,538.60 to Canadian mental health programs.

Bell’s donations are made at no extra charge to Bell Let’s Talk Day participants, though normal long distance or text charges, if any, apply.

TPL representatives presenting the $25,000 grant to the Calgary MFRC on January 26, 2016

About Bell Let’s Talk

The Bell Let’s Talk initiative promotes Canadian mental health with national awareness and anti-stigma campaigns, like Clara’s Big Ride for Bell Let’s Talk and Bell Let’s Talk Day, and significant Bell funding of community care and access, research, and workplace initiatives. To learn more about the Bell Let’s Talk campaign, and to download the Bell Let’s Talk toolkit to help get the conversation started, please visit Bell.ca/LetsTalk.

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 well-being, 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. For more information, visit www.truepatriotlove.com.

About the Calgary MFRC

The Calgary 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 Calgary MFRC empowers and supports families of CAF members within our service area of Southern Alberta, including Red Deer and south to Lethbridge. Their programs and services include prevention, support and intervention services, social activities and events (Stampede Breakfast, Christmas party), personal development workshops, family separation and reunification support, counselling, crisis intervention, child and youth programs, discounted admission passes, and more. To learn more, visit calgarymfrc.ca.

For more information, please contact:

Tessa Clayton

Communications Coordinator, Calgary MFRC

tessa.clayton@calgarymfrc.ca

(403) 410 2320 Ext. 3558

Amy Simmonds

Communications Coordinator, True Patriot Love Foundation

asimmonds@truepatriotlove.com

(647) 628 9241

@tplfoundation