True Patriot Love
Algonquin Adventure 2021
A journey of healing through the Canadian wilderness
Since 2012, True Patriot Love Foundation has produced eight ambitious expeditions around the world, pairing business leaders with members of the Canadian Armed Forces and Veterans. These expeditions highlight the perseverance and unconquerable spirit of our military members and Veterans in the face of adversity.
Building on this experience and in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenging realities associated with it, True Patriot Love is launching a ground-breaking new program that will bring together military servicemembers and frontline healthcare workers for a journey of healing through the Canadian wilderness. The program will support mental health and well-being, recognizing that servicemembers and healthcare workers may be facing common mental health challenges that have been magnified due to the pandemic.
Studies have shown that one in five Canadian Veterans suffers from mental disorders at some point in their lives, with the most common disorders being depression, PTSD and anxiety disorders. The pandemic has made the situation even more difficult for those who were already suffering. That’s why True Patriot Love Foundation wants to help. The organization has already provided support to many community programs in response to COVID 19 and has now found another way to help in this very difficult year, in recognition of the military and civilian front-line health workers who worked tirelessly to provide care during the health crisis.
Most mental health issues facing military members are also known to front-line workers in hospitals, clinics and long-term care facilities. The Foundation will bring together military and front-line health workers for a healing journey through Canada’s wilderness. Military participants and civilian health care workers will be united by their experience working in crisis situations, giving them a common basis for telling their stories, acquiring new skills and improving their ability to handle stressful situations.
Led by Warrior Adventures Canada, a charity owned by Veterans with experience in outdoor adventures, active military personnel and Veterans who have faced challenges as a result of or exasperated by the pandemic, will have the opportunity to gather with front-line health care workers to share their experiences and heal. Military participants will provide health care workers with valuable insights into the resilience they have gained in their training and combat experience while gaining new perspectives to help them deal with their own problems. With nature as a backdrop, participants will canoe through Algonquin Park, while improving their self-confidence, strength and independence to help them move forward.
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