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Inaugural True Patriot Love Winnipeg Tribute Dinner Raises over $1 million

Supporters gathered in Winnipeg to honour and support Manitoba's Men and Women in Uniform
Winnipeg's business, political and community leaders came out on the evening of June 1st to support Canada's military families, raising more than $1 million for True Patriot Love Foundation. The funds raised from the inaugural True Patriot Love Winnipeg Tribute Dinner will support programs in Manitoba that address TPL's four main areas of focus: mental health and well-being, physical health and rehabilitation, family health and support, and research and innovation. 

The True Patriot Love Winnipeg Tribute Dinner took place at the RBC Convention Centre in downtown Winnipeg, where more than 800 guests from various political, military and philanthropic communities came together to support Canada's troops. The evening was hosted by long-time TPL supporter, General (Ret'd) Rick Hillier, and featured a special musical performance by Juno Award Winner, and Winnipeg-native, Chantal Kreviazuk. 

“Winnipeg has a proud military history and we’re incredibly grateful that Manitoba’s corporate community came out in support of our military veterans and their families,”said Jason Stefanson, Tribute Dinner Committee Co-chair and Vice-Chairman, CIBC World Markets Inc. “We understand that at over $1 million raised, this is the largest philanthropic dinner in Winnipeg’s history; the proceeds are sorely needed to support our wounded heroes. 

True Patriot Love has proudly supported many critical programs in Manitoba since our inception in 2009, disbursing over $400,000 to military family programs, veterans transition services and mental health treatments, among others. 

True Patriot Love would like to send a sincere thank you to all those who attended the event. In particular, thank you to all sponsors who have allowed proceeds and funds raised from the evening to go to support a variety of military organizations throughout Manitoba. Thank you to Presenting Sponsor, Exchange Income Corporation, VIP Reception Sponsor, Parrish & Heimbecker Limited, Platinum Sponsor, Great West Life, Gold Sponsors, Aikens Law, The Asper Foundation, CIBC, Manitoba Hydro, MTS and WestJet, and National Silver Sponsor, RBC. 

The inaugural True Patriot Love Winnipeg Tribute Dinner was hosted by General (Ret'd) Rick Hillier. 

6th Annual Les Shaw Invitational for Heroes

The 6th Annual Les Shaw Invitational for Heroes Golf Tournament took place at Magna Golf Club on June 27th, 2016. The day was a fantastic success, with over 113 golfers in attendance. With support from our generous sponsors, committee members and guests, just over $219,000 was raised, which will benefit the Veterans Transition Network, a unique program that addresses transition and mental health through week-long workshops and group therapy for veterans. 

TPL would like to thank everyone who supported the 6th Annual True Patriot Love Les Shaw Invitational for Heroes, with special thanks going out to our major sponsors of the day: LesLois Shaw Foundation as Presenting Sponsor, National Post at Media Sponsor, Barrick Gold as Gold Sponsor and The Printing House as Silver Sponsor.

Thank you to all who attended, we look forward to seeing you on the course next year! 

Join in the Canada Day Celebration!

As we gear up to celebrate the 149th birthday of our great country, True Patriot Love Foundation would like to take this time to celebrate the brave and selfless men and women who fight to protect our home. Last year, TPL challenged you to share your messages of thanks for Canada’s Armed Forces men & women, and the response was incredible. We received over 400messages of gratitude from all parts of the world.  

This year, we are doing it again, only bigger! Leading up to July 1st, we want YOU to take a moment to share your message of thanks on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn...wherever you want!

Take a photo (or video) that expresses why you are thankful, and post it on your social media pages. We will be sharing the best ones so that our military men and women can see how truly appreciated they are. Encourage your friends and families to do the same, and the message will become even louder!

Don’t forget, express your thanks by using #TPLCanadaDay and by tagging True Patriot Love in order to make it onto the TPL social media pages! 

"Real heroes don’t have a name on the back of their jersey. They have their country’s flag on the arm of a uniform."

Bell-TPL Fund Call for Applications

The Bell True Patriot Love Fund is nowOPEN!

Launched in 2013, the Bell True Patriot Love Fund is a $1 million program, in partnership with Bell Let's Talk, to support community mental health initiatives for Canadian military families, veterans and serving members. Since 2013, the Fund has provided 48 grants to programs delivered through Military Family Resource Centres (MFRCs) and other charities that work directly with veterans and families, and that focus on improving access to mental health care in military communities across the country. 

The application window is open fromJune 27th to August 26th at 5pm EST. The fund provides grants to programs that are increasing access to mental health support for soldiers, veterans and military families. 

For more information and to download the official funding application, pleaseclick here.

Program Profile:
Camp Maple Leaf

On June 25th, True Patriot Love - along with hundreds of Camp Maple Leaf friends, supporters, former directors, counsellors and campers - was honoured to attend the grand re-opening of Camp Maple Leaf on Pigeon Lake, Ennismore. 

Camp Maple Leaf, a 104-acre island on Pigeon Lake in the Kawarthas, was founded in 1955 by the Canadian Council of War Veterans (now known as the United Council of Veterans), as a living legacy to their commitment of caring for communities. For years, Camp Maple Leaf has been a place to relax and have fun for children from military families and those who may not otherwise be able to afford a camp experience.

With a transfer of ownership in the past year, Camp Maple Leaf is now proudly operated by the Camp Tanamakoon Foundation. Camp Maple Leaf’s renewed and refreshed objective to continue and broaden its reach to children with unique challenges, including children of military families, remains strong. True Patriot Love has been a proud supporter of Camp Maple Leaf over the past few years, providing over $366,000 of funding since 2011 to send over 500 children from military families to camp, and is happy to have been a part of the special Grand Re-opening – welcome back, campers!
Congratulations, Camp Maple Leaf, on a wonderful re-launch. Have a fantastic summer season! 

Upcoming TPL Events in 2016!
  • November 9th, 2016: True Patriot Love Toronto Tribute Dinner (Toronto, ON) 
Stay tuned to the TPL website for more details on this upcoming event, or emailevents@truepatriotlove.com for more information.
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