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A Global Effort for Military and Veteran Families

Earlier this month, True Patriot Love CEO, Bronwen Evans attended the ASCN Tri-Nations Symposium in Adelaide, Australia as a keynote speaker. The Symposium brings together over 100 senior delegates, representing 80 organizations from Australasia, North America and Europe. The Symposium fosters important dialogue to bridge the gaps in the health, well-being, and needs of the defence and emergency first responder community.    
In her remarks, Ms. Evans noted, “At the charitable level, we have the ability to be nimble and flexible in funding those “diamonds in the rough” that, more often than not, end up being transformational in how we care for those who serve”. The 2016 Symposium was instrumental on building on the work of previous meetings and strengthen the global network of organizations committed to military and Veteran families. Canadian representatives from Veterans Affairs Canada and the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health research were also in attendance. For the complete keynote delivered by Bronwen Evans, please click here

Invictus Games Toronto 2017: One Year Countdown

On October 1, the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 celebrated its One Year Countdown during Nuit Blanche at Yonge-Dundas Square and experienced the inspirational power of this simple prose: “I AM the master of my fate.  I AM the captain of my soul”.

Guests were given the opportunity to participate in the construction of an I AM structure in the centre of the square. The 30-foot by 30-foot structure was built with over 6,000 black and yellow blocks and was the first of its kind for an Invictus Games.
Yonge-Dundas Square was buzzing with activity. The festivities included a photo booth where visitors could get their picture taken with friends or with VIMY the mascot. Visitors could also admire vehicles on display from presenting sponsor Jaguar Land Rover and the Canadian Armed Forces.
There was also a live mural experience by renowned sports artist David Arrigo; depicting two Invictus Games’ competitors’ journeys entitled ‘From Darkness to Light’.
“If this night was any indication, the competitors, their friends and family from 17 nations around the world are in for the best Invictus Games yet; starting with a warm and enthusiastic Canadian welcome.” Said Michael Burns, CEO, Invictus Games Toronto 2017.

True Patriot Love is proud to have secured the bid and required seed funding to bring the Invictus Games to Canada in 2017.  Over the coming months, we will be working together with the Invictus team to raise the required funds to host more 500 competitors and their families

Prince's Operation Entrepreneur

With TPL’s support, Prince’s Operation Entrepreneur ran four successful boot camps this summer and there are now 79 new entrepreneurs-to-be ready to launch or grow their businesses. Participants came with a wide variety of enterprising ideas, from building a family fire starter business, to a health and safety consultancy, frozen prepared foods, service dog training and developing an app to help navigate the health system. For the first time this November, patriotic Canadians will be able to find and buy from these alumni and other veteran businesses with the launch of POE’sVeteran Business Directory.

This fall, POE is also offering one-day “Introduction to Entrepreneurship” workshops for transitioning members, veterans and military families considering entrepreneurship on CF bases across Canada. For personnel with physical or mental health challenges, entrepreneurship can provide the employment flexibility they need to come back to the workforce. In 2016, TPL assisted the 74% of boot camp participants who were medically released find a new civilian mission: their own success. 

Patriot Award Recipient: Mike Durland

This year, True Patriot Love is delighted to present the second annual Patriot Award to Mike Durland. This award recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding philanthropic contribution to supporting Canadian military families and Veterans.

As Former Group Head and CEO, Global Banking and Markets at Scotiabank, Mike was responsible for the overall management of Global Banking and Markets’ operations worldwide. He was appointed Co-CEO in 2008 with specific responsibility for the Global Capital Markets business, and assumed full responsibility for the division in 2014.

As an internal champion for the True Patriot Love Foundation at Scotiabank, Mike has supported True Patriot Love’s Expedition Series since its inception in 2012. Spearheading Scotiabank’s title sponsorship of the Series, Mike has cheered from the sidelines as expedition teams conquered Island Peak in the Himalayas, the North Pole and Vinson Massif in Antarctica.

Earlier this year, Mike retired from Scotiabank to pursue a variety of entrepreneurial interests. In addition to his current business interests, Mike is involved in a variety of academic and philanthropic activities and has stepped forward as co-chair of the 2017 Best of Canada Expedition, celebrating Canada’s sesquicentennial.

Leading The Cabot expedition as part of the series, Mike will forge the new Seawall trail on the unchartered territory of Northern Cape Breton, bringing together Canadian business leaders with a dedicated soldier team along the way.

Mike was also instrumental in establishing the Scotia TPL Fund for Wounded Veterans which provided $600,000 for programs for the ill and injured since 2014.

Please join us on November 9th, 2016 in honouring Mike Durland’s dedication to Canadian Veterans and military families as we present him with the Patriot Award. 


Support for TPL from Escents Aromachology

True Patriot Love is excited to announce a new partnership with Escents Aromachology (Escents Body Products Inc.), a Canadian retailer of scent, 100% natural essential oils, and bath & beauty products. In honour of the men and women who have served and continue to serve our country, Escents has created the limited edition Poppy Aroma blend. Made with 100% pure essential oils, Poppy brings a warm comforting scent with top notes of Jasmine and Geranium. Partial proceeds of the Escents Poppy Aroma Blend will go towards supporting TPL.
Sales of the Poppy Aroma Blend will commence on November 4th while quantities last, and can be purchased in-store or online. Visit escents.ca to purchase the Poppy Aroma blend or find a location near you.  



Top 100 Events in Canada!

#TPLFoundation's Tribute Dinner has made it from BizBash’s top 100 events in Toronto, to the top 100 events in CANADA for 2016!http://bit.ly/2dtMS6j.  The True Patriot Love Toronto Tribute Dinner is almost here! Since TPL's inception in 2009, our signature dinners have become the largest celebration in support of Canadian veterans and their families - and we need your help! We're looking for volunteers to help us in the evening on Nov. 8th & 9th. Please contact Jillian at events@truepatriotlove.com for more details and we'll see you at the dinner!
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