ANAVETS Shoulder to Shoulder

September 2016

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SHOULDER TO SHOULDER 13 ANAVETS SUPPORTS OUR VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES T hanks in large part to the companies across Canada who support us with advertising in our Shoulder to Shoulder Yearbook, the Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans in Canada were able to provide $10,000.00 in donations to two very worthwhile causes at the 53rd Biennial Dominion Convention. The Veterans Transition Program The Veterans Transition Program is a group-based counselling and transition course developed at the University of British Columbia by psychologists and physicians to help men and women of the Canadian Forces to overcome barriers in their transition to civilian life. Developed specifically for Canadian veterans, the transition programs combine the expertise of internationally recognized leaders in the mental health and veterans' care with the skills of veterans who have graduated the programs themselves. The course involves 10 days of retreat-based group work, consisting of three separate weekends. During this time the group meets for various exercises and skill development sessions. These new skills are then utilized in daily life between retreats. INVICTUS Games Team Canada Fund Established by Prince Harry in 2014, the Invictus Games are the only sporting event for ill, wounded and injured active duty and veteran service members. Following a visit in 2013 to the US-based Warrior Games for wounded, ill and injured military personnel and veterans, he was inspired to create an expanded international version. The inaugural Invictus Games took place in London in the fall of 2014 and at- tracted more than 450 competitors from 13 nations. The second Invictus Games took place in May 2016 in Orlando, Florida, and built on the excitement of the London Games with more than 500 competitors from 15 nations. The Invictus Games demonstrate soldiers' and veterans' indefatigable drive to overcome and the power of sport on their journey to recovery. The Invictus Games will be held in Toronto, Canada in September 2017. • Invictus Games Team Canada Fund • Ensuring the success of Canadian teams competing at future Invictus Games. • Helping to expand adaptive sport programs for our wounded, ill and injured. • Recruiting and training competitors and assisting with logistics. Dominion President Brian Phoenix (m) presents $5000.00 donation to Bob Sutherland (l) and Oliver Thorne (r) of the Veterans Transition Network. Michael Burns,(l) CEO of Invictus Games 2017 accepts a $5000.00 donation from Dominion President Brian Phoenix (r) for the Invictus Team Canada Fund at the 53rd Biennial Dominion Convention in Winnipeg.

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