Virtual Fireside Chat:
Resiliency in the Canadian military -
lessons from leading women
Date & Time:
October 8, 2020
12 p.m. EST
Military service comes with the inherent possibilities of physical and mental injury, relocation, separation from family, and potential challenges with civilian integration following service. Many who serve have successfully managed these realities and can offer valuable lessons on developing resiliency and coping through difficulties such as mental illness.
In recognition of Mental Illness Awareness Week (October 4 – 10), True Patriot Love hosted a live virtual fireside chat on October 8 that included unique and valuable insights into resiliency from inspiring women within the military and Veteran community.
The conversation was in honour of Captain Nichola Goddard, a brave artillery officer who at the age of 26 became the first women soldier to die in a combat role. Since her untimely passing, she has become a beacon of courage and resiliency, and the Captain Nichola Goddard Fund in her name benefits programs that support the health and well-being of servicewomen, Veteran women and their families. The chat also drew on the topic of resiliency discussed in the For Her Country podcast, which was established in Capt. Goddard’s honour.
This virtual event provided attendees with valuable lessons that are universal and applicable to our everyday lives, particularly amid a challenging global pandemic. Attendees also had the opportunity to ask a question in advance, with several answered during the live chat.
Lisa LaFlamme, Chief News Anchor and Senior Editor, CTV NATIONAL NEWS
As Chief News Anchor and Senior Editor of CTV NATIONAL NEWS WITH LISA LAFLAMME since 2011, Lisa LaFlamme leads the country’s #1 newscast where she has cemented her role as the face of news in Canada.
Never far from the heart of the story, LaFlamme brings Canadians an up-close look at the biggest stories unfolding across Canada and around the world. In May 2018, LaFlamme travelled to Windsor to lead CTV News’ live special of the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. In 2017, she reported from the devastated flood regions of Texas and Florida, and travelled to northern France to lead CTV News’ special coverage of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Led by LaFlamme, CTV News delivered live coverage of the inauguration of Donald Trump from Washington D.C. in January 2017; reported on the death of Fidel Castro from Havana in November 2016; and broadcast live from Paris in November 2015 in the aftermath of the coordinated terrorist attacks across the city. Read full bio.
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Rear-Admiral Rebecca Patterson enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) as a critical care Nursing Officer in 1989 after obtaining a Niagara College Diploma in Nursing. A BScN/PCNP certificate (Summa Cum Laude) from the University of Ottawa was soon accomplished, which was followed by an occupational transfer to Health Services Operations Officer. Rear-Admiral Patterson went on to qualify as a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Leaders and then graduated from the CF Command and Staff College Advanced Military Studies Course.
Rear-Admiral Patterson has worked in a number of health care domains, which include providing direct patient care, delivering and leading CAF medical education and training, overseeing and directing national level medical planning in support of CAF missions at home and abroad and leading a large CAF primary care health centre. In 2012, Rear-Admiral Patterson was appointed Commander of 1 Health Services Group, followed by an appointment to the position of Deputy Commander, Canadian Forces Health Services Group in 2016. A subsequent appointment to the Director General Professional Military Conduct – Operation HONOUR (DG PMC-OpH) ensued in 2018. Rear-Admiral Patterson was appointed to the current position of Commander Canadian Forces Health Services in July 2020.
Rear-Admiral Patterson deployed as a member of Op SCALPEL with 1 Canadian Field Hospital during the Persian Gulf Conflict in 1991 (Saudi Arabia), Op DELIVERANCE in support of the Canadian Airborne Regiment in 1993 (Somalia), and Op ATTENTION with the NATO Training Mission – Afghanistan (Kabul) 2011-2012, where responsibility was granted for leading a multinational team tasked to assist the Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police with re-establishing their medical education and training system. In February 2014, Rear-Admiral Patterson was recognized for contributions to the mission in Afghanistan and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal from the Governor General of Canada and was inducted as an Officer in the Order of Military Merit in 2018.
Rear-Admiral Patterson remains an active member of the College of Nurses of Ontario, the Canadian College of Health Leaders and serves on the Board of Directors for Soldiers Helping Soldiers. Rear-Admiral Patterson was named one of 12 Global Edmonton Women of Vision, was granted the Ontario Premiers Award for Excellence in Health Sciences for Ontario College graduates, received recognition for “Breaking Down the Barrricades” in Esprit de Corps magazine’s highlights on women’s contributions to the Defence community, and was presented with the Niagara College Distinguished Alumni Award. Named the CAF Defence Champion for Women in 2018, Rear-Admiral Patterson continues to serve in this capacity.