The Army, Navy & Air Force Veterans in Canada (ANAVETS) is thankful to the Government of Canada
and the Minister of Veterans Affairs, The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay today after receiving a
grant in the amount of one million ($1,000,000) dollars to assist its Units across Canada as they cope
with the financial distress caused by COVID-19.

Call for Reference Group Members

The Centre of Excellence on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Related Mental Health Conditions (the Centre) is seeking to build strong community networks to create the best possible supports and services for Veterans, first responders, and their families.

The Centre is designed to be a “Network of Networks” with Veteran, Families, Service Providers, and Research Reference Groups and a central advisory council advising, promoting, and supporting its work.

We are currently looking for Reference Group members through an application process open until September 14, 2020.

How it works
Reference group positions are voluntary and the role of the Reference Group is to provide the Centre with strategic advice and expertise on specific initiatives and priority areas, while also serving as ambassadors for the Centre.

Reference Groups will be inclusive of diverse perspectives and backgrounds. In establishing membership of the groups, the Centre is seeking First Nations, Inuit, and Métis representation, geographic diversity, sexual and gender diversity, persons with disabilities, ethno-cultural and racialized diversity, and French-speaking Canadians.

Lived and living experience with mental health conditions is a strong asset in the selection of Reference Group members, and is valued as much as technical expertise.

For further information, please contact

Please share widely within your networks, thank you.

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All ANAVETS Units across the Country are currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Provincial Commands and local Units will be making decisions as to the commencement of operations in consideration of Provincial guidelines, orders and health authority advise.  The health and safety of our members and staff will continue to be our top priority.  The Dominion Office staff and many Provincial Command staff are continuing to work remotely at home.

Many ANAVETS Units are remaining in contact with senior members and Veterans via email or telephone to ensure that they have everything they need and have small groups of willing volunteers to help shop, pick up prescriptions and other necessities.

Notice from Interior Public Health regarding ANAVETS Kamloops Unit 290 can be found HERE.


Veterans Affairs is encouraging all Veterans that are requiring assistance to reach out to them through either the MY VAC Account online secure messaging system or via telephone at 1-866-522-2122 (E) or 1-866-522-2022(F)

Veterans Affairs is also reaching out to vulnerable Veterans who may need extra support through case managers and VSA agents that are working from home.

The VAC Assistance Service is a free, 24/7 mental health resource that connects you to psychological support and counselling. You do not have to be receiving VAC benefits to use this service. Call 1-800-268-7708 to speak to a mental health professional right now.

Emergency needs for shelter, food and clothing may be able to be accessed through the Veterans Emergency Fund.

They encourage all Veterans to also come to their website for more information or link to them on their social media channels.


There are many federal and provincial programs that are in place to help support individual Canadians, businesses and not-for-profits and charities.  Below are some links to Federal and Provincial sites that clearly outline or link to individual programs and services.


National COVID-19 Volunteer Recruitment Campaign

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan









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Brian Phoenix

Today, Brian Phoenix is known as the Immediate Past Dominion President of the Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans in Canada (ANAVETS).  A Torontonian whose parents were each veterans of the Second World War and members of ANAVETS, Brian is no stranger to the association and in his own words, he “grew up in the organization”.  Since the young age of eight, Brian has taken great pleasure in the ANAVETS camaraderie, participating in various social events and special occasions.  As a child, he looked forward to the picnics, barbeques and group activities which took place on a regular basis.

In 1976, Brian’s father gave him his first ANAVETS membership as a birthday present.  Prior to becoming a member, Brian was in the Sea Cadets for six years.  It was here that Brian learned how to play the bugle in the Vanguard Sea Cadet Band.  It wasn’t long before Cadet Band became quite good and they were soon performing at various veteran occasions throughout Toronto, the Province of Ontario, New York State and Great Britain in the late 1970s.

In 1978, Brian attended the Canadian Coast Guard College and three years later, graduated as a Marine Engineer.  His newly acquired diploma presented him with enormous opportunities at sea and he quickly set sail on various vessels throughout the Central and Arctic region of the Canadian Coast Guard. Brian left the sea after 17 years and obtaining the position of Senior Engineering Officer onboard the Canadian Coast Guard Ship, Griffon.

Eager to be on dry land again, in 1997 Brian accepted a shore position working out of Burlington, Ontario as a Technical Inspector for the Canadian Coast Guard.  Here, Brian learned how to deal with government bureaucracies and became well versed in the day-to-day challenges involved with running a government repair facility for small craft.  In 2001, Brian was awarded the Exemplary Service Medal from the Governor General of Canada for his meritorious service to public safety in Canada with the Canadian Coast Guard. In 2013 Brian retired from the Canadian Coast Guard after 34 1/2 years.

With a continuous passion to help veterans in any way he could, in 1998 Brian became a member of the executive for the Owl’s Unit 306.  After just two years, he was elected President of the Owl’s Unit 306 and he maintained this title until 2004. Brian continued to work for his unit as the Immediate Past President, until a new President for the Unit was elected in 2010.  In 2005, Brian became one of the Dominion Vice Presidents of ANAVETS and is thrilled to have retained this position up until today.  Over the past few years Brian has chaired the Honour  and Awards Committee, Constitution Committee, Publicity & Public Relations Committee, and is currently Chairman of the Finance Committee.

Invested in the ANAVETS association since a young boy, Brian has only become a bigger voice over the years.  He looks forward to future growth and development within an organization he holds in such high esteem.  In recognition of his dedication, he was awarded a Life Membership in the association in 2009.