Year in Review – Message from the President
October 30, 2017
The Canadian Legacy Project would like to thank you for your continued support of our veterans. 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 run by volunteers, 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 year for our charity and veterans in need, and we wanted to give you an update on what we have been working on.
Veterans Food Drive
Last year the city of Calgary rallied behind our veterans which resulted in the most successful Veterans Food Drive yet! We succeeded in filling three warehouses full of food at the Calgary Veterans Food Bank, which equates to roughly $500,000 in food donations. We were also successful in raising close to $170,000 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.
We hope that you will be able to continue to support our veterans, so we can make sure their needs continue to be met. The 11th 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.
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 3,400 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. More information on the project can be found at www.fieldofcrosses.com
Veterans Housing Project
The Canadian Legacy Project is currently working with the Homes For Heroes Foundation (www.h4hf.ca) in building unique and exciting housing developments for homeless veterans across Canada. The issue of homelessness among Canadian Armed Forces veterans is an area of increasing concern. Unfortunately, over 2,500 Canadian veterans are homeless and have not been successful in transitioning from their military career to healthy and productive civilian lives. The Homes For Heroes Foundation is an initiative that will assist with re-integration of military veterans into civilian life within Canada through the provision of affordable housing and a robust support system. Our first community is slated for development in Calgary in 2018, with the goal to have a community in every major Canadian city by 2020.
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. We now have over 2,000 veterans enrolled in this program.
The Canadian Legacy Project is now supporting AUDEAMUS, a veteran run not-for-profit dedicated to the principle of providing highly skilled and effective certified service dogs to those veterans whose quality of life depend on them. AUDEAMUS is a registered charity operating throughout Canada and is 100% volunteer veteran-run and directed. They have mere expenses, which ensures that donations made towards AUDEAMUS go directly to supporting veterans.
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, and public schools participating in the daily ceremonies at the Field of Crosses.
2017 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 through our web site at www.canadianlegacy.org or you can send these to The Canadian Legacy Project at #900, 2424-4th ST SW. Calgary, Alberta, T2S 2T4. Tax receipts will be issued for all donations over $20.
Thank you in advance for your continued support.
The Canadian Legacy Project
Non-profit foundation registration #82478 8202 RR0001