Today, Darrell Samson, Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, alongside Francis Scarpaleggia, Member of Parliament for Lac-Saint-Louis, and Anju Dhillon, Member of Parliament for Dorval—Lachine—LaSalle announced that Clinemetrica Inc., Fondation québécoise des Vétérans, and Morrow Consulting and Training Inc. have been awarded funding through the Veteran and Family WellBeing Fund.
“The well-being of many Veterans and their families have been profoundly affected by the pandemic. But thanks to innovative initiatives by our community partners, Veterans and their families are getting the support they need. We are proud to recognize the outstanding efforts of these organizations in supporting women Veterans and to provide the resources they need to undertake this vital work.”
Darrell Samson, Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence
Clinemetrica Inc. will receive $500,000 towards their Push Past the Pandemic Recovery Program, an online health promotion program that supports the physical and mental health of women Veterans and their family members.
The Fondation québécoise des Vétérans will receive $200,000 for Programme des vétéranes: a program that aims to reduce the rate of isolation and suicide among women Veterans by encouraging various organizations to provide resources tailored to their unique needs.
Located in Dorval, Morrow Consulting and Training Inc. will receive $80,000 towards the A.T.H.E.N.A. Program which aims to improve the health and well-being of women Veterans. Through personalized, online coaching, each participant will learn how to mitigate long term health issues. The program also provides accessible, affordable health and fitness training across Canada.
“The Veteran and Family WellBeing Fund grant will allow Dave Morrow PT to provide personalized, world class fitness and health coaching to female veterans of the CAF. Our mission is to fundamentally change the paradigm around veterans' health. This grant will allow us to improve the health of over 100 CAF veterans over the next 3 years”.
Audrée Dufresne, Head Coach and creator of the ATHENA Program, CAF member and athletic therapist
These recipients will use this funding for initiatives that improve the well-being of women Veterans and their families. This year, selected organizations are addressing issues affecting Veterans and their families during the post COVID-19 recovery, such as homelessness, retraining, employment, and health challenges, along with supporting equity-seeking groups such as women and LGBTQ2 Veterans. This support is made possible through additional investments in the Veteran and Family WellBeing Fund in Budget 2021.
Since 2018, the Veteran and Family WellBeing Fund has provided financial support to private, public and academic organizations striving to improve the lives of Veterans and their families through innovative projects, initiatives and research.