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Valentines for Veterans
Feb 14, 2017
On February 14th, Sherry Romanado, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, helped long-term care providers at the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre deliver Valentine’s Day cards to Veterans.
Parliamentary Secretary Romanado met with the staff and Veteran residents, handed out valentines and toured the facility.
The Valentines for Vets program at Veterans Affairs Canada invites Canadians to create special cards for Veterans in long-term care facilities across Canada. Every year, Veterans Affairs Canada receives thousands of handwritten cards—submitted by schools, individuals and organizations from every province in Canada—and distributes them at long-term care facilities in time for Valentine’s Day.
The Valentines for Vets campaign is designed to bring joy to Veterans and remind them that Canadians are thankful for their service and sacrifice.
Minister Hehr Delivers Valentines to Veterans and Announces Changes to Veterans’ Access to Long Term Care at Parkwood Institute
Feb 14, 2017
The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, delivered handcrafted Valentine’s Day cards to Veterans at Parkwood Institute where the Minister also announced a new partnership agreement with Parkwood that will improve Veterans’ access to long term care beds. This further enhances the commitment to Veterans by both Parkwood Institute and the Department.
Veterans Affairs Canada office reopens in Thunder Bay
Jan 31, 2017
Veterans, their families and local officials joined Don Rusnak, Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay—Rainy River, on behalf of the Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister for Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, for the reopening of the Veterans Affairs Canada office in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Following MP Rusnak, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, also delivered remarks.
The office is located on the first floor of 130 Syndicate Avenue South, Thunder Bay, Ontario. The Thunder Bay office will employ approximately seven staff, who will serve approximately 1,700 Veterans in the area.
The Thunder Bay office is the seventh of nine Veterans Affairs offices to be reopened across the country by May 2017.
More information: Veterans Affairs Canada office reopens in Thunder Bay
Invictus Games Toronto 2017 Team Canada co-captains at House of Commons
GC to commemorate 100th anniversary: Battle of Vimy Ridge
Nov 17, 2016
On Thursday November 17th, the Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, announced Government of Canada plans to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge and the First World War in France and Canada in April 2017. Official commemorative ceremonies will take place at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France, the National War Memorial in Ottawa and in major cities across Canada on April 9, 2017.
An official Government of Canada delegation will travel to France to attend ceremonies and events in Northern France in early April 2017. The delegation will include Veterans, youth, regimental representatives, the Department of National Defence, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and parliamentarians.
More information: News Release
New resources to help skilled Veterans build meaningful new careers
Nov 15, 2016
On November 15th, on behalf of the Honourable MaryAnn Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, the Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence announced that Veterans will get the information and training they need to build meaningful new careers.
Canada Company is receiving $1.1 million from the Government of Canada’s Sectoral Initiatives Program for its National Military Recruitment program. The announcement was made at Canada Company’s 2016 National Transition exCHANGE conference taking place at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum.
More information: News Release
Annual Tribute to Veterans at CFL semi-final playoff games
Nov 13, 2016
The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, joined members of the Canadian Football League (CFL), Veterans and thousands of football fans in the Veterans Remembrance Tribute at the Grey Cup Western Division semi-final playoff game in Vancouver.
Karen McCrimmon, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, joined members of the Canadian Football League (CFL), Veterans and thousands of football fans in the Veterans Remembrance Tribute at the Grey Cup Eastern Division semi-final playoff game in Hamilton.
Minister Hehr addresses youth at Operation Veteran
Nov 11, 2016
On November 11, 2016, Minister Hehr spoke at Operation Veteran, a program of the Canadian War Museum. Approximately 300 students from Ontario, Québec, Nova Scotia, and British Columbia visited the Chateau Laurier before attending the annual Remembrance Day Ceremony at the National War Memorial.
Operation Veteran was founded in 2009 by Dr. Paul Kavanagh in association with the Canadian War Museum, to honour Veteran and raise awareness of their sacrifices.
More information: Statement – Government of Canada marks Remembrance Day 2016
Minister Hehr attends Veterans’ Week Commemoration at Perley and Rideau Veterans Health Centre
Nov 11, 2016
The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, takes part in the Veterans’ Week Commemoration at Perley and Rideau Veterans Health Centre in Ottawa. Minister Hehr marked the occasion by delivering a short speech to commemorate Veterans’ Week and the contributions of Veterans of the Perley Rideau Veterans Health Centre, and presented this year’s Veterans’ Week poster to the residents. The Minister also had the opportunity to recognize the contribution of the CEO of Perley and Rideau Veterans Health Centre, Akos Hoffer, for his contribution to the well-being of Veterans at the centre.
Minister of Veterans Affairs joins youth from across Canada to experience a wartime meal
Nov 11, 2016
The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, joined youth aged 14 to 17 from all corners of Canada at the Terry Fox Centre in Ottawa to participate in Encounters with Canada’s “wartime meal” with Veteran guests. During the meal, participants learned about the brave men and women who have served our country in uniform and their legacy.
The menu for the supper was inspired by what Canadians typically ate on the home front during the Second World War and included pea soup, meatloaf and bread pudding for dessert.
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