Happy New Year from True Patriot Love!

Happy New Year! I hope that 2018 has been wonderful for you and your loved ones so far. As I look forward to this year, I am excited about what lies ahead for TPL: another thrilling expedition (this time to the Himalayas), celebrating our 10th Annual Tribute Dinner in November, preparing for the Invictus Games in Sydney Australia, once again partnering with so many organizations across the country that are doing important work, and so much more! We will be sure to provide you with regular updates via our newsletters on all of the ways we are helping to change the lives of soldiers, Veterans and their families.  

For our first newsletter of the year, we wanted to shine the light on some of the work we are doing to support the mental health and well-being of military families. Our partner and incredible supporter Bell, is once again encouraging Canadians to join the critical conversation about mental health during Bell Let’s Talk Day on January 31, 2018. TPL will be actively involved in this important dialog and I encourage all of you to do the same.

Below you will learn more about some of the incredible organizations TPL is working with to provide mental healthcare in the military community, as well as various mental health resources and tools available to you and your family.

On behalf of True Patriot Love, I thank you for your generous support.

Warm Regards,

  CEO, True Patriot Love 

Spotlight on Mental Health:
Bell Let's Talk Day

January 31, 2018 is Bell Let’s Talk Day, a day where conversation surrounding mental health is amplified on a national scale. In September 2010, Bell Let’s Talk started the important dialog during a time when most people weren’t openly discussing it, despite the urgent need for action.

Since 2013, TPL and Bell have been working together to improve access to mental healthcare within the military community, and through the Bell TPL Fund, over 70 mental health programs, across the country, have received critical funding.

Some of the 2017 Bell TPL Fund recipients include: The Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) program which offers front-line workers suicide intervention training, WWC COPE Canada, a program that provides family coaching to couples living with PTSD and Mainland MFRC’s Mothers of the Fallen Workshop, which helps military mothers express and address their grief.

Together, TPL and Bell are working to provide Canadian military families with the tools and resources needed to address mental illness resulting from service.

To learn more about the Bell TPL Fund and our partnership with Bell click here. For more information about Bell Let’s Talk Day on January 31, 2018, click here.


Spotlight on Mental Health: Virtual Outreach Workshop

1,000 Canadian military personnel are medically released each year, with 40% of them returning home with psychological injuries. This is why True Patriot Love has committed to supporting the mental health and well-being of military families, serving members and Veterans by funding programs across Canada that help overcome mental illness through counselling, support groups, clinical tools and mental health first aid. 

One of the programs TPL has supported through the 2017 TPL Family and Veteran Transition Fund is the Halifax and Region MFRC’s Virtual Outreach Mental Health Workshop.

With TPL’s assistance, this virtual program will be able to teach eight MFRC staff how to effectively engage the military community using virtual tools. Each program participant will receive hands-on training by an experienced instructor who has successfully led numerous, virtual workshops. By the end of April 2018, the program is expected to benefit more than 300 Canadian Armed Forces members, Veterans and their families.

For more information about True Patriot Love's funds, including how to apply, click here.

Spotlight on Mental Health: Kelly Scanlan

Corporal Kelly Scanlan has been an infantry soldier with the Canadian Armed Forces for the past ten and a half years.  At age 19, Kelly deployed to Afghanistan on a tour that lasted 8 months. 

During her tour to Afghanistan, Kelly began experiencing insomnia and nightmares. Believing these to be normal reactions to military life, she didn’t pay much attention to them, but when the symptoms continued after she returned home, she knew she needed to take the first step toward her recovery by seeking professional assistance.
Since serving in Afghanistan, Kelly has competed in the Invictus Games Toronto 2017, joined the 2018 Bell Let’s Talk campaign as a Friend of Bell Let’s Talk, and in April 2018 she, and a team of other soldiers, Veterans and business leaders will take part in the TPL Scotiabank Expedition to the Himalayas. Together, they will trek to Mount Everest Base Camp, then summit 20,000 ft. to reach the nearby peak of Lobuche East in attempts to raise funds to support Veterans who are facing challenges related to transitioning to civilian life.

To learn more about how you can help support the upcoming TPL Scotiabank Expedition: Himalayas 2018 click here.

Dream Job Alert!

Looking for a way to be a part of Invictus Games 2018 and support our wounded warriors? True Patriot Love has a unique opportunity to join our team and be at the forefront of this global sporting event founded by
Prince Harry.

As Manager, Stakeholder Relations and Special Projects, you will play a critical role in supporting Team Canada competitors and their families leading up to and during the 2018 and 2021 Games.

To learn more about this incredible opportunity, click here



Learn More About our Upcoming Events

TPL Scotiabank Expedition: Himalayas 2018April 1 to 18, 2018
Annual Educational Trip: Mainland ItalyJune 1 to 7, 2018

The 8th Annual Invitational for HeroesJune 25, 2018

The 10th Annual TPL Tribute Dinner- November 8, 2018