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Well-being and Mental Health

  • Meet Tim

    Sergeant (Retired) Timothy Wedesweiler knows first-hand the impact of transitioning out of the military. Tim lost a good friend who took his own life after struggling to adapt following retirement from service. He is left wondering if the right support could have resulted in a different outcome. Tim is newly retired, and joined a program …

  • Meet Brad

    Sergeant Brad Jones participated in the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) program through the 4 Wing Military Family Resource Centre Society. The program helped Brad intervene when a few of his colleagues were at risk of taking their own lives, and also allowed him to get help for his own mental health challenges. Help …

  • Meet Timothy

    Since 2009, True Patriot Love Foundation has committed $28 million in funding to 825 community-based programs across Canada, like the Canadian Adaptive Snow Sports National Capital Division. Through skiing, the program empowers injured military members and Veterans to live a healthy and productive lifestyle, improving their wellbeing, mental health and self-esteem. The program also integrates …

  • Meet Jeff

    Master Corporal (Retired) Jeff A. received lifechanging support thanks to True Patriot Love’s funding of the Veterans Transition Program. Offered by the Veterans Transition Network, this program is run by specially trained psychologists, counsellors and graduates of the program and provides participants with group therapy sessions and tools to manage the unique challenges related to …

  • Meet Stephen Beardwood

    True Patriot Love funds mental health programs for Veterans and their families. Veterans like Stephen. With our help, he’s using music to heal himself and others.

  • Meet Christian Lillington

    See how this military family is healing their service-related PTSD.

  • Bringing Virtual Reality PTSD Treatment to Veterans

    Partnering with the University of Southern California with innovative VR treatments across Canada.

  • Meet Bruno Guévremont

    See how a Veteran’s journey to recovery started with a trip to the North Pole.

  • Discovering Group Therapy with the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia

    Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia, Landing Strong It was September of 2020 when Paul Vardy (Ret’d Captain Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Officer), decided to join group therapy with the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia’s Landing Strong program. The Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia is one of the 2021 recipients of the Bell …

Stronger Military Families

  • Mental Health Support Through Kids Help Phone

    Meet Theresa Roy, a Crisis Responder at Kids Help Phone and Operations Manager at Military Family Services. As someone who has been part of a military family, Theresa recognizes the struggle that children and spouses of those who serve go through each day. To provide mental health support to military families, True Patriot Love partnered …

  • Teaching Children to Identify their Emotions with Roots of Empathy

    To five-year-old Dylan, Master Corporal Blake Lakewood is a superhero and the best father in the whole entire world.  Whenever Dylan needs him, he is always there. But on Sept. 17, 2019 MCpl. Lakewood was deployed. Deployment was an unfamiliar concept for Dylan and brought up emotions that were difficult to express. But one day …

  • Providing Support for Military Spouses with Southwestern Ontario MFRC

    Lori Timland, spouse of Sergeant (Retired) Derrick Timland was able to receive critical support thanks to True Patriot Love’s funding of the Awakening the Anchor workshop. Run by the Southwestern Ontario Military Family Resource Centre, this new workshop, which launched in 2019, is offered to spouses and partners of military members and Veterans who have …

  • Meet Sheila Miller

    True Patriot Love has funded more than 120 mental health programs for military and Veteran families. Families like Sheila’s.

  • Meet Rhonda Crew

    See how the power of sport helped heal this military family.

  • Breaking Barriers for Children of Military Families

    How leveraging technology can offer support and counselling to military children living with anxiety and depression.

  • Operation: Care for the Caregiver

    In Prince Edward Island, spouses of military members and Veterans get the insight and support they need.

  • Meet David MacDonald

    A trip to the Himalayas in 2012 inspired a life-long mission to support military families.

  • Helping Parents Support their Families with PEI MFRC

    Prince Edward Island Military Family Resource Centre (PEI MFRC) has a long standing history of providing military and Veteran families with support in their times of need. For Christine Gordon Manley’s family, that support has proved vital. A self-employed editor who works from home, Christine has been married to Major Allan Manley for 16 years, …

  • Better Support for Military Children with Camp Maple Leaf

    Camp Maple Leaf is a non-profit camp for children of Canadian military families and children living with unique challenges. Beyond that however, it is a place that children can call “home base”. Centered around providing children with a place of connection and support, Camp Maple Leaf hosts a variety of sessions that target a number …

Rehabilitation and Recovery

  • Meet Joanne

    Meet Warrant Officer (Retired) Joanne Bradley From a young age, Joanne knew she wanted to be around people and make a difference. Following in her grandfather’s footsteps who was in the merchant navy, Joanne joined the military in 1990 as a reservist in the combat arms in the artillery. After completing her training her interest …

  • Meet the Trauners

    True Patriot Love has helped change the lives of over 25,000 military and Veteran families. Families like the Trauners. With our help, they’re working toward Mike’s dream of competing in the 2020 Paralympics.

  • Meet Natacha Dupuis

    Watch how the Invictus Games helped former Team Canada co-captain regain control of her life.

  • Helping Veterans through Winter Sport

    Teaching Veterans how to ski and snowboard inspires those with illnesses and injuries to face their challenges head on.

  • Meet Elizabeth Steves

    See how access to programs promoting physical well-being transformed a Veteran’s life.

  • Healing with with Creative Arts – Soldier On

    Growing Up As children we grow up with aspirations we hold dear, things we’d like to accomplish when we’re older. For Desi Cozier, this dream became a reality when he joined the Navy as a weapons engineer. He thought about joining the military before, but didn’t know how. During his search for an electronic engineering …

  • Trying Your Hand at Something New – Soldier On

      Dave Carney served in the military from 1963 to 1991 as a military engineer, before retiring at the rank of Colonel. Following that, he served in the federal government for 12 years and then consulted for another five years before retiring.   He recalls his years in the military as being some of the most …

Connecting with Community

  • Meet Natalie

    Master Corporal (Retired) Natalie Forcier fought through mental health challenges following her medical release from the military. Natalie was chosen to participate as a Veteran in the True Patriot Love Women’s Expedition to Baffin Island and received valuable mentorship that gave her the courage to launch her business to help Veterans in need. This is …

  • Meet Thomas White

    True Patriot Love helps Veterans transition to civilian careers. Veterans like Tom. With our help, he has been able to turn his passion into a business.

  • Equipping Veterans with the Tools for Success

    Helping Veterans transition to the civilian workforce by providing the essential tools to launch and grow their own businesses.