Year in Review – Message from the President
September 19, 2016
The Canadian Legacy Project would like to thank you for your continued support of our veterans in need. The Canadian Legacy Project remains as a charity run by volunteers and we are proud that 95% of the donations we receive go directly to our veterans in need. We are a small organization with a big mandate to advocate for our veterans and create and support various initiatives and programs to improve their everyday lives.
Once again, it has been a very eventful and challenging year for our charity and veterans in need, and we wanted to give you an update on what we have been working on and an exciting new project we are supporting.
Annual Veterans Food Drive
Last year’s Veterans Food Drive was very successful. We succeeded in filling two warehouses full of food at the Calgary Veterans Food Bank, which equates to roughly $300,000 in food donations. We were also successful in raising close to $60,000 in cash donations which went to purchase Calgary CO-OP gift cards which go out in the veteran’s food hampers. These food gift cards are used by our veterans to purchase fresh vegetables, meats, and dairy products.
Certainly these are impressive numbers, but unfortunately we did have a shortage of food gift cards near the end of the year and as such we have set a goal of raising $85,000 in cash donations through the 10th Annual Veterans Food Drive. We hope that you will be able to continue to support our veterans so we can make sure they do not go hungry this year. The 10th Annual Veterans Food Drive is taking place November 1st to November 15th you can drop off food donations at Crown Surplus in Inglewood which is located at 1005 – 11th Street SE.
One of the biggest challenges our Canadian veterans face is integrating back into civilian life when their service is completed. Each year, more than 5,000 Canadian Armed Forces members are released from the military. Recent research has shown that getting our veterans back into a routine and participating in regular exercise can be crucial to their transitioning back to civilian life. In response to this, the Canadian Legacy Project launched a new program in 2016 called Vet Fit. Vet Fit is a partnership between the Canadian Legacy Project and GoodLife Fitness where annual memberships are offered at a significant discount to our veterans. For our veterans that require further financial assistance, the Canadian Legacy Project will subsidize the complete membership fees.
Field of Crosses
The Canadian Legacy Project continues to play an important role in the development and planning of the annual Field of Crosses event. There is a park reserved along Calgary’s Memorial Drive for 3,200 white crosses which are displayed each year on November 1st and removed November 12th. At sunrise each day there is a flag raising ceremony and at sunset flags are lowered. The November 11th ceremony begins at 10:30am and is a family friendly event. Members of the public are welcome to attend any of the ceremonies and are encouraged to visit the site at any time, to walk among the crosses, to lay flowers at a loved one’s memorial or to simply be reminded that the price of the freedom we enjoy was not free.
The Canadian Legacy Project is proud to partner with Prospect Human Services and their Forces@WORK program. This is an innovative Alberta-based not-for-profit program which helps veterans and transitioning members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) find work. This is a relatively new program but since December of 2015 they have placed over 600 veterans in new jobs. Our goal is to offer this program across Canada and to get our new government to begin funding this initiative.
Certainly a big part of what the Canadian Legacy Project does is try to educate our youth about the sacrifices made by so many of our Canadian Veterans. The Canadian Legacy Project has been successful in accomplishing this goal through speaking engagements at Calgary schools, participation of local schools in the veterans’ food drive, public schools participating in the daily ceremonies at the Field of Crosses, a partnership with the Military Museums, and a partnership with the Bomber Command Museum.
NEW in 2017 Veterans Housing Project
The Canadian Legacy Project is currently working with a number of organizations in developing a unique and exciting housing project for homeless veterans in Calgary. The goal of the development is to design and build a temporary, aesthetically pleasing, comfortable, safe and secure inner city housing home for functioning, but needy veterans. These homes will be made available through agencies that professionally assist veterans. Our existing programs will be offered to residents at no charge (i.e. Vet Fit, food bank, Forces@WORK).
2016 Funding Drive
The Canadian Legacy Project is asking Canadians for their continued support by donating to support all of our projects. You can be assured that we use all the donations to support our veterans. Financial donations can be made now through our web site at www.canadianlegacy.org or you can send these to The Canadian Legacy Project at #210, 1235 – 17th Ave SW. Calgary, Alberta, T2T 0C2. Tax receipts will be issued for all donations over $20.
Thank you in advance for your continued support.
The Canadian Legacy Project
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