True Patriot Love Foundation: Impact to Date
Since 2009, TPL has committed approximately $15 million to support military charities and research on physical health and rehabilitation, mental health and wellbeing, and innovation across Canada. Examples of where our funding is making a difference include:
Military Families Fund (MFF)
Leveraging our strong relationships with experts in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), True Patriot Love Foundation has funded areas of priority need for Canadian military families through the Military Families Fund.
Since 2009, TPL has disbursed $4.1 million nationally to military families to support the following:
• Therapies and tutoring for military children with special needs
• Sending military children to camp
• Home and vehicle modifications for injured veterans
Camp Maple Leaf
Founded in 1955 by the Canadian Council of War Veterans, Camp Maple Leaf is a residential summer camp located on a 104-acre island in the Kawarthas. It was originally created as a living memorial to pay tribute to the sacrifices of Canadian soldiers in the name of peace. Camp Maple Leaf continues to work to honor the vision of the Founding Veterans by removing the barriers for children from military families to allow them to experience the benefits of a camp experience.
In 2013 and 2014, 49% of the total number of campers came from a military family; a total of 547. TPL has disbursed $316,223 directly to Camp Maple Leaf since 2011.
Canadian Association of Disabled Skiing
The Canadian Association for Disabled Skiing (CADS) is a volunteer based non-profit organization with the objective of promoting alpine skiing and snowboarding for persons with a disability. CADS provides the resources and support to break down barriers to this activity and in so doing, embrace a healthy lifestyle, camaraderie and fun.
Since 2008, 150 Canadian Forces members and veterans, as well as American and Australian military veterans, have been assisted through the CADS Winter Clinics. Since 2011, TPL has disbursed $82,423 to the Canadian Association of Disabled Skiing.
Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research
In late 2014, True Patriot Love approached the government of Canada with a pledge of $5 million in funding for the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR) at Queen’s University, contingent on matching government funding. In 2015, the Government of Canada and TPL jointly announced a $10 million investment to CIMVHR.
After the first round of funding, CIMVHR has been able to support cutting edge research in new technology for upper limb amputees at the University of Alberta, as well as the development and implementation of a database in Ontario – the first of its kind – that tracks all veterans and military families.
Dr. Sarah Dentry-Travis
True Patriot Love has provided $75,000 to support the research of Dr. Sarah Dentry-Travis, veteran and Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Faculty of Health at the University of Manitoba, who is examining the relationship between stress, epigenetics and military service. As a soldier participant on the True Patriot Love Scotiabank Expedition in 2014 to the Magnetic North Pole, Dr. Dentry-Travis had the unique opportunity to collect saliva samples from teammates in a challenging and stressful environment.
Dr. Dentry-Travis’ work on the subjective and biological reactions to remote adverse environments continued in January 2016, when she joined the True Patriot Love Scotiabank Expedition to Antarctica to collect further samples.
Prince’s Operation Entrepreneur
Prince’s Operation Entrepreneur (POE) is a national program of The Prince’s Charities Canada, guided by HRH Prince of Wales, for transitioning Canadian Armed Forces members interested in starting their own business, through the delivery of education, mentoring and financing. It is a one-of-a-kind, Canadian-made program that addresses a previously ignored sector of the transitioning community – those with ideas for good businesses who lack the knowledge base, education, or networks to become successful entrepreneurs.
POE has grown from one standalone business boot camp run by student volunteers and a supervising faculty member at Memorial University of Newfoundland, to becoming a national, bilingual program with four university campuses, including Memorial University of Newfoundland, the Paul J. Hill School of Business at the University of Regina, Dalhousie University and the University of Laval. True Patriot Love is POE’s largest donor, providing over $472,500 in funding since 2013, which has allowed 210 transitioning military and veterans to attend their university-based business program, with 127 businesses launching as a result.
Prospect is a non-profit, charitable organization that partners with industry, government, funders, education providers and human service organizations to design and deliver supports and services so that every individual, regardless of circumstance, can reach their maximum potential in the workforce.
Prospect offers a range of direct employment placement, retention and capacity building services. Forces@WORK is a rapid direct job placement and retention service designed for Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members and veterans, specifically the ill and injured population.
Since 2015, TPL has disbursed $250,000 to Prospect in support of the Forces@WORK project which was able to support 144 placements in 2015. Prospect has established effective working relationships with stakeholders who now consider Forces@WORK a partner in delivering service. The program now has funding from the Government of Alberta through to the end of 2018, and the federal government is considering a regulatory change that would allow them to fund job placements.
University of Southern California
In 2013, the Department of Health Services at the Department of National Defence identified a leading Virtual Reality Treatment for PTSD developed at the University of Southern California.
In response, True Patriot Love raised $500,000 in private funds for the University of Southern California to ‘Canadianize’ the software. In less than one year, 54 clinicians are now using the software in 9 government-funded Operational Stress Injury Clinics across Canada.
Veteran’s Transition Network
Based out of the University of British Columbia, the Veterans Transition Network (VTN) is a unique program that addresses transition and mental health through week-long workshops and group therapy for veterans, all supervised by trained clinicians and psychologists.
The program has earned national recognition and respect for its results and clear benefits: all of the nearly 400 participants who graduated have shown significant reductions in depression and traumatic stress and an increase in self-esteem. Over half of the veterans with clinical depression no longer met diagnostic criteria by the end of the program, and 90% have reported moving on to new employment, career opportunities or educational directions. Since 2012, True Patriot Love has disbursed $651,000 to VTN.