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Ontario Providing More Supports for Veterans and Their Families

April 8, 2022

OTTAWA — The Ontario government is providing more than $1.2 million to the True Patriot Love Foundation to support veterans’ access to mental health services and training to help them as they transition back to civilian life. The funding will offer specialized supports, including creative arts, training in technical upskilling, a virtual veterans network to world-wide resources, as well as couples’ counselling programs and supports for women, including survivors of military-related sexual trauma.

“Veterans have devoted their lives to protecting us, and we must do everything we can to support them when they come home,” said Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services. “I am grateful for the work that the True Patriot Love Foundation does and having met with several of the veterans they support, I am deeply moved by their stories and inspired by their resilience.”

An investment of $806,337 will help the True Patriot Love Foundation’s work with partners in Ontario to provide specialized mental health supports including:

  • the Military Creative Arts initiative supporting veterans transitioning to civilian life by harnessing the mental health and social benefits of creative arts
  • a virtual veterans network in Ontario that will offer one-stop online access to local, regional, national and international resources for Veterans
  • the 2022 Captain Nichola Goddard Fund, offering an opportunity for survivor groups to support female veterans and their families in the province who live with military-related sexual trauma.
  • the Bell True Patriot Love Fund, supporting the mental health needs of veterans and their families
  • Wounded Warriors Canada programs helping veterans and their spouses acquire tools to deal with physical and social effects of post-traumatic and operational stress injuries.

The mental health funding builds on the Ontario government’s commitment to support the women and men who served our country and their families through investments in the Soldiers’ Aid Commission, mental health programs and civilian job skills training.

“True Patriot Love is proud to continue our partnership with the Ontario government, helping veterans and their families across the province,” said Nick Booth, Chief Executive Officer, True Patriot Love Foundation. “This crucial funding from the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services will allow us to continue to support mental health programming for veterans. The additional funding through the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development will provide veterans with the training they need to enhance their skills or transition to a new career in the tech sector. These two investments will continue to grow and develop Ontario’s support for those who have bravely served in our Armed Forces”.

True Patriot Love Foundation will also receive $472,540 to fund a project that will help 70 veterans or their spouses transition to civilian life through a variety of technical reskilling courses run over the next 12 months, including programs for web development, data science and cybersecurity. Graduates will be connected to job opportunities in their area of training, including data scientist and programming. The programs run until March 2023 and are now accepting applications.

“Ontario’s veterans have made incredible sacrifices to keep our province and country safe, and we need to do our part to support these heroes when they need it,” said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development. “The transition from military to civilian life can be a difficult one, particularly when it comes to finding a new career. Our government is proud to support the True Patriot Love Foundation in their work to help veterans reach their goals, build strong families and thrive in careers outside of the military.”

Quotes

“Throughout our proud history, Canadians have shown exceptional bravery, resourcefulness and dedication in defence of our country. Our veterans deserve to be commemorated through initiatives like the new Cameron Highlanders Park in Barrhaven and Ontario’s Afghanistan War Memorial. Their sacrifice and resilience deserves to be recognized through the Invictus Games. And their whole health deserves to be supported, which is why I am proud of today’s investment into the True Patriot Love Foundation.”

Hon. Lisa MacLeod
Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, & MPP for Nepean

“This investment in the True Patriot Love Foundation is important to the many veterans and reservists. Veterans have put their lives at risk so we can live in a free nation. Today’s funding demonstrates our government’s commitment to giving back and supporting veterans on their journey back into civilian life.”

Goldie Ghamari
MPP for Carleton

“Veterans have made tremendous sacrifices to make our country and province what it is today. Our government will always remember and honour the sacrifices made by our veterans, and this ongoing partnership with the True Patriot Love Foundation is another important way to support them.”

Jeremy Roberts
MPP for Ottawa West—Nepean

“This support will help our Centre of Excellence in Frailty-Informed Care™ conduct and share practical research so that older adults and veterans can live life to the fullest. Through research and education, we will transform care for seniors and veterans. We are grateful for the continued support from the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services and True Patriot Love Foundation.”

Danielle Sinden
Director, Centre of Excellence & Research Operations

Quick Facts

  • In 2020, Ontario passed the Soldiers’ Aid Commission Act, to renew the Soldiers’ Aid Commission and expand access to financial assistance to all eligible veterans of all ages and their families.
  • Ontario is home to approximately 228,000 of Canada’s veterans.
  • Each year, about 10,000 Canadian Armed Forces members are released from military service. One-third say they have difficulty transitioning to civilian life.
  • According to Veterans Affairs Canada, about one-fifth of Canadian veterans experience a diagnosed mental health disorder at some time during their lives.

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SERVICES & RESOURCES

 

Katrina Bolak

Katrina Bolak is an award-winning marketer and seasoned communications professional. She has a passion for podcasting that led her to executive produce two podcasts for The Globe and Mail and launch The Globe’s podcasting efforts. She holds an HBAA in Media Studies from the University of Guelph, a Diploma in PR from Humber College and an Executive MBA from the Ivey School of Business at Western University. Katrina lives in Toronto with her husband Dan, their rescue pup Parker and two cats Duncan and Vivica.

 

Shannon Busta

Shannon Busta is an award-winning digital journalist based in Toronto. Prior to joining The New York Times she worked at The Globe and Mail as a video producer and audience strategist. She holds an Executive MBA from Western University’s Ivey School of Business and a Master of Journalism from Ryerson University. She loves running, cycling and spending time outdoors with her partner Sam Riches.

 

Philip Grosch

 

Philip is a board member for the True Patriot Love Foundation and the sponsor behind the Captain Nichola Goddard Fund Podcast.

 

Philip is a passionate supporter of veterans with a focus on supporting their transition and success in post-military careers. In addition to his role on the True Patriot Love Foundation board, he is the President of Treble Victor Group (3V is a Veterans organization focused on supporting members in their post military careers www.treblevictor.org) . He has been awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition for his support of veterans.

 

In his professional career, Philip is a Consulting Partner at PwC, based in Toronto. Currently he is the executive responsible for the firm's global sales transformation program.

 

Philip has become a somewhat unexpected sponsor and joint-architect of PwC’s innovative and award winning leadership program targeted at top talent, mid-career women. The program started in 2013, when it became clear that although our entry level hiring was equal, we were losing top talent mid career women at a significantly higher rate than their male counterparts. In 2017, the program was expanded to include participants from other organizations. Today more than 400 talented women have graduated from the program. Our retention of talent is now close to 90%, and 21% of the PwC alumni have joined the executive (partner) ranks.

 

Philip is a 2016 Catalyst Canada Honours Champion in the Business Leader category, recognized for his exceptional corporate leadership and transformational contributions to advancing women and inclusion in the workplace. He is an Advisory Board Member for WNORTH and past advisory board member for WXN Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women.

Captain (Ret’d) Theresa Sapara, CD, MBA

 

Theresa joined the military as a private soldier before being selected for officer and university training, after which she worked for combat, special forces and combat-support units as a logistic officer, in Canada and in Haiti. True to her competitive and driven nature, she also qualified as a military parachutist and competed in the military Ironman competition.

 

Seeking further opportunities to develop and broaden the application of the leadership skills learned as a soldier, she left the Army and has quickly established herself as a mid-ranking commercial leader with a track record of changing business focus and processes to better exploit new strategic environments. This included working within the retail, mining and professional services industries before being appointed as a manager for Amazon Web Services based in Toronto.

 

Theresa holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Ottawa and an MBA from the Ivey School of Business. In addition to spending time with her family, she volunteers as a Board Member for the Treble Victor Group (a Veterans organization) and UForChange (a youth arts program).