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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Were you once an Army Cadet?

A call to all past Army Cadets,

Can you attribute your personal or professional success to what you learned from the program?

The Army Cadet League of Canada is interested in compiling accounts from individuals from across the country who have spent time in the Army Cadet program and have gone on to serve their community in the arts and sciences, business, military, politics, volunteerism, medical and teaching professions, sports etc.

We are not looking to receive only the names of people in the public spotlight such as an astronaut, a rock star, or a general in the military.  We would also like to include are stories from those who are successful and involved within their community, such as bank managers, thriving business owners, school principals and teachers, leaders of youth organizations, municipal, provincial or federal politicians and those who give their time as volunteers to community based organizations.  Your stories can inspire today’s cadets by providing them examples of teenagers who came before them and persevered in the cadet program and have since, become successful, understanding it’s not how far you get but how far you go from when you started.

Submit your stories using this online form:

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Avez-vous déjà fait partie des cadets de l’Armée ?

Une demande à tous les anciens cadets de l’Armée,

Pouvez-vous attribuer votre succès personnel ou professionnel à ce que vous avez appris du programme ?

La Ligue de cadets de l’Armée désire assembler des histoires de personnes de partout au pays qui ont participé au programme des cadets de l’Armée et qui plus tard ont servi leur communauté dans le domaine militaire, des arts, des sciences, des affaires, de la politique, du bénévolat, de la médecine, de l’enseignement ou des sports.

Nous ne voulons pas seulement recevoir les noms de personnes qui sont connues du public ou qui sont devenues célèbres, tel un astronaute, une étoile de la chanson, un haut gradé militaire.  Nous recherchons aussi des histoires de gens qui ont une carrière réussie et qui s’impliquent dans leur collectivité, comme des directeurs de banque, des propriétaires d’entreprises florissantes, des directeurs d’école et des enseignants, des leaders d’organisations de jeunes, des politiciens aux niveaux municipal, provincial et fédéral ainsi que des personnes qui donnent de leur temps comme bénévoles dans des organismes communautaires.  Vos histoires peuvent influencer le cadets d’aujourd’hui en leur donnant des exemples d’adolescents qui les ont précédés dans le programme des cadets et qui ont atteint leur succès.  C’est important de leur démontré que ce n’est pas simplement ou on se rend dans la vie mais où on se rend en considérant d’où on a commencé.

Envoyez-nous vos histoires en utilisant le formulaire électronique suivant :

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ANAVETS 51st Dominion Convention

Members from coast to coast gathered in Winnipeg, Manitoba September 23-26, 2012 for the 51st Biennial Dominion Convention of The Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans in Canada (ANAVETS). The three day event was widely attended with delegates making policy decisions and determining the focus of their lobbying efforts on behalf of veterans and their families over the next two years.

Delegates heard from many guest speakers on benefits, programs and services available to veterans, serving personnel and their families. The Deputy Minister of Veterans Affairs, The Chief of Defence Staff and the Veterans Ombudsman were some of the many speakers invited to inform our members to the programs and concepts currently being addressed. You can listen to all of the speakers by clicking on the audio links below.

The culmination of the convention came with Deputy Minister Anne Marie Smart presenting 56 members in attendance with their Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medals and the convention floor electing Comrade George Beaulieu of Sherbrooke, Quebec as their Dominion President for 2012-2014.

It is our hope that all the delegates and guests enjoyed the camaraderie, speaker topics and other events they took part in and went back to their home units and shared the knowledge gained with all of the other members in their Units.

Large scale events such as a Dominion Convention are never easy to execute flawlessly and we would like to thank Keith Flight, President; Syd Stamper, Convention Chair, and the Convention Committee Members of Manitoba & NW Ontario Command for an exceptional job. We would also like to thank the executive and members of Assiniboia Unit #283, Rockwood Unit #303, Fort Garry Unit #60 and John Osborn VC Unit #1 for the wonderful hospitality.

We look forward to seeing many of you again in Penticton in 2014 as well as new delegates who have yet to experience a national convention.

Delegates attending ANAVETS 51st Biennial Dominion Convention

Delegates attending ANAVETS 51st Biennial Dominion Convention

Photos from the Convention:

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Speeches from our Guest Speakers:

Deputy Minister of Veterans Affairs Canada -Mary Chaput

Chief of Defense Staff – General Walter Natynczyk

ANAVICUS President – Jake Comer

American Legion National Commander – James Koutz

Presentation – CF Support Agency – Commodore Mark Watson

Presentation – Last Post Fund – Major General (Ret;d)  Edward Fitch

Presentation – Veterans Ombudsman – Guy Parent

Presentation – Commonwealth War Graves Commission-  Dominique Boulais

Presentation – Military Families Services and Royal Ottawa Hospital Foundation –  Lisa Vaters and Andree Steel

Minutes from the Convention:


Support for Helmets to Hardhats in Canada

Veterans Affairs Minister Steven Blaney Reaffirms Harper Government’s Support for Helmets to Hardhats in Canada

WOODBRIDGE, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – May 24, 2012)

The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, and the Honourable Julian Fantino, Associate Minister of National Defence, attended a Gala tonight in support of the Helmets to Hardhats program. The Helmets to Hardhats program, led by Canada’s Building Trade Unions, will help connect Veterans, Canadian Armed Forces members and reservists to a range of careers within the construction industry, including apprenticeships in various building trades.

“Our Government is ensuring our Veterans successfully transition from military to civilian life, said Minister Blaney. “That’s why we recently announced that our Government is contributing $150,000 to support Helmets to Hardhats in Canada to help facilitate jobs and training opportunities for our Veterans and Canadian Armed Forces members who are interested in a career in the construction industry.”

“Our Government is committed to providing our brave men and women in uniform with the tools they need to do the jobs we ask of them,” said Associate Minister Fantino. “I am pleased to support initiatives such as Helmets to Hardhats that help ensure our Veterans have the tools to continue to build a strong and prosperous Canada.”

Over the course of their careers, members of the Canadian Armed Forces develop highly transferable skills. Helmets to Hardhats will, through its Web site, help Veterans match the skills they acquired in the military with employment opportunities in the construction industry. The Web site will also provide employers and local unions with access to a talented labour pool to fill positions from engineering posts to trade employment contracts and apprenticeship opportunities. Helmets to Hardhats will be a fully bilingual service that can be accessed by telephone or online.

“This program is already extremely successful in the United States. We have every reason to believe that it will be extremely successful here in Canada,” said Minister Blaney. “Our Government acknowledges the Interior Systems Contractors Association, the Canadian Boilermakers Union, the Carpenters Union and Canada’s Building Trades Unions, which helped organize this evening’s event. These organizations have demonstrated their commitment to this initiative and their commitment to our Veterans.”

For more information on Veterans Affairs Canada’s programs and services, please visit

50th Biennial Convention

Our 50th Biennial convention went off like clockwork, and from all reports, everyone had a good time. Stratford, of course will never be the same. In the photo above is shown our proud Comrades passing the reviewing stand. On the left, our special guest, actor, producer and now comedian Paul Gross being escorted by our Honorary President Comrade Gerry Wharton. Below, recipients of the American Legion Friendship Award proudly showing their wares.


End of an Era

On February 18, 2010, John “Jack” Babcock, Canada’s last WWI Veteran passed away. This event marks the “end of an era” in Canada’s history. Jack did not wish a state funeral, so it was decided to hold a national commemorative event honouring all of our WWI service men and woman and to pay tribute to their achievements. The ceremony was held on “Vimy Day” Friday, April 9, 2010 at Ottawa’s National War Memorial.

Honourary Life Membership – Mary McLeod

Mary McLeod is shown receiving an Honourary Life Membership, on her retirement during their convention in April. Mary has been the BC Provincial Secretary for over 30 years. Shown are the newly elected members of the BC Command executive:
From right to left: Immediate Past President: Bill Calvert, President: Shirley Aldridge,1st Vice President: Bruce Wight, 2nd Vice President: Lou Mazur, Mary McLeod, and 3rd Vice President: John Beugeling.