Year in Review – Message from the CEO
September 26, 2018
On behalf of The Canadian Legacy Project (CLP) I would like to thank you for your continued support of our Canadian Veterans in need. CLP is a volunteer driven charity and we are proud that 95% of the donations we receive go directly to our Veterans. My name is Melanie Mitra and I’d like to say how pleased I am to join Dave Howard and the team at Canadian Legacy Project as their new CEO. I’ve had the opportunity to talk with so many Veterans who are benefiting from CLP’s programs and the support from our donors and sponsors. Those who have served, have told us that integrating from Military into Civilian life is a difficult process regardless of whether they are retiring or releasing for medical reasons. Many have said that they are more comfortable on the battlefield with their unit around them, than dealing with their final transition from military to civilian life where they often feel more vulnerable and alone.
We are a small organization, with a big mandate to advocate for our Veterans; to support their transition from military to civilian life and to improve Veteran well-being in the areas of: Employment and Sense of Purpose, Financial Security, Housing, Health, Life Skills and Preparedness, Social Integration, Social Integration, Family Stability, Cultural and Social Environment. Without your help we would not be able to offer the quality of programs we have, and we thank you for this support.
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.
EDUCATION AND COMMEMORATION:THE FIELD OF CROSSES
This year CLP will host the education breakfasts for Calgary’s youth and Veterans at the Legion, after the morning flag raising ceremonies. Members of the public are welcome to attend any of the ceremonies and are encouraged to visit the site at any time, Nov 1-11, 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
NEW EDUCATION PROGRAM:HOCKEY CALGARY & CANADIAN ARMED FORCES NOV 2018
CLP educates our youth about the sacrifices made by so many of our Veterans. On November 12, 2018, CLP will collaborate with the Canadian Armed Forces and Hockey Calgary to teach over 1100 youth about leadership, resiliency, citizenship and community service. Furthermore throughout 2017-18, CLP educated hundreds of community students about the contributions of our Veterans through speaking engagements at Calgary schools.
NEW EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM:ENTREPRENEURSHIP & MICRO LOANS FALL 2018
New for the fall of 2018, we will be offering an Entrepreneurship training and Micro Loan program for Veterans; this project is a partnership led by CLP in conjunction with the Prince’s Trust charity and our banking partners. Stay tuned as we are very excited about this program.
NEW MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAM:“GOT YOUR SIX” (GY6) – PEER SUPPORT FOR VETERANS TRANSITIONING FROM MILITARY TO CIVILIAN LIFE
In the military, “got your six” means “I’ve got your back.” The saying originated with World War I fighter pilots referencing the rear of an airplane as the six o’clock. CLP has designed and will be offering a peer to peer support program for Veterans and Families to assist with the transition and integration into civilian life, related stress and mental health challenges including PTSD. Stay tuned for GY6’s formal announcement and program launch in Fall 2018.
MENTAL HEALTH:SERVICE DOGS
CLP continues our partnership with Audeamus to provide Veterans with PTSD a trained Service Dog. So far in 2017- 2018, through CLP contributions, Audeamus has matched and trained 12 new Veteran Handler /Service Dog teams. Please see our website for more info on our new teams. CLP will continue to support the development of new Veteran Handler /Service Dog teams over 2018-19. CLP continues our collaboration with CVETS Pets and in 2018, we supported over 450 Veterans to access pet food vouchers to relieve financial stress that comes with owning a service dog.
HOUSING: HOMES FOR HEROES FOUNDATION
CLP is a primary partner with the Homes for Heroes Foundation (www.h4hf.ca) a charity working to end homelessness among our Veteran population. The Homes for Heroes Foundation will assist through the provision of affordable housing and a robust support system. The first tiny home community is scheduled to open in Calgary in the spring of 2019 and the goal is to have a village in every major Canadian City by 2020.
MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH
CLP will be partnering with Soldier On (soldieron.ca) to bring fitness boot camps to ill and injured soldiers in Alberta. Soldier On is a highly recognized and successful program that uses peer support and fitness to encourage Veterans to adopt an active way of living post service. Participants will engage in both winter fitness boot camps and spring hiking boot camps. 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.
VETERANS FOOD BANK
Sadly, the Calgary Poppy Fund’s Veterans Foodbank has now shut down. It was a surprise to hear this news, as it is a much-needed resource for the Calgary community. Our team believes in a Veterans-based food program and have been working with stake holders on a solution. The CLP team conducted focus groups with Veterans to understand their needs and met with several interested parties who have proposals for a new program.
Originally the Calgary Poppy Fund announced the closure would take place at the end of January, but recently they decided to close the doors effectively immediately. This decision has left many of us scrambling to find a solution. We are closely monitoring this situation and will be there to lend our support when a solution comes forward.
2018 FUNDING DRIVE
The Canadian Legacy Project is asking Canadians for their continued support by donating to our charity. Donations can be made through our web site at www.canadianlegacy.org or you can send your donation 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. As a token of our appreciation for your continued support, we have enclosed a new Poppy pin which we hope you will wear proudly in November. To learn more about The Canadian Legacy Project and the initiatives we are working on please visit www.canadianlegacy.org
Thank you in advance for your continued support.
Chief Executive Officer
The Canadian Legacy Project
Non-profit foundation registration #82478 8202 RR0001