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The Official Government of Canada delegation attends a ceremony of remembrance at Agira Canadian War Cemetery and visits the Canadian monuments at the summit of Monte Assoro

The Official Government of Canada delegation attends a ceremony of remembrance at Agira Canadian War Cemetery and visits the Canadian monuments at the summit of Monte Assoro
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Nov 28, 2019

On November 28, 2019 the Government of Canada delegation attended a ceremony of remembrance at Agira Canadian War Cemetery and later visited the two Canadian monuments at the summit of Monte Assoro dedicated to the memory of the soldiers of The Royal Canadian Artillery Monument and The Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment Monument. The delegation was led by the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, and Alexandra Bugailiskis, Ambassador of Canada to Italy. At Agira Canadian War Cemetery, they were joined by the Honourable Maria Gaetana Greco, Mayor of Agira. At Monte Assoro, they were joined by Antonio Licciardo, Mayor of Assoro. On July 10, 1943, following the successful conclusion of the North African campaign, a combined allied force of 160,000 Commonwealth and American troops invaded Sicily as a prelude to the assault on mainland Italy. The invasion lasted 38 days. Agira Canadian War Cemetery contains 490 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, of which 484 are Canadian.

Annual Veterans’ Week Senate Ceremony of Remembrance

Annual Veterans’ Week Senate Ceremony of Remembrance
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Nov 04, 2019

The Ceremony of Remembrance in the Senate is hosted annually during Veterans’ Week by the Senate of Canada. This year’s ceremony focused on the achievements and sacrifices of Canadians during the Second World War’s Italian Campaign. More than 93,000 Canadians served with the Allied forces in the Italian Campaign, one of the longest and fiercest struggles of the war.

Government of Canada delegation commemorates the 75thanniversary of the Battle of the Scheldt

Government of Canada delegation commemorates the 75<sup>th</sup>anniversary of the Battle of the Scheldt
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Sep 06, 2019

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Scheldt a Government of Canada delegation, including Veterans of the Battle of the Scheldt, travelled to Belgium to attend events marking the anniversary. The Allied victory, led by the First Canadian Army, opened the port of Antwerp and secured a crucial supply line for the Allied liberation of Europe.

The Battle of the Scheldt

The Battle of the Scheldt
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Sep 05, 2019

Canada made many important contributions to help the Allies to victory in the Second World War. One of the most important – and most difficult – was the bloody Battle of the Scheldt which raged in Belgium and the Netherlands in the fall of 1944.

Serene View Ranch Psychological Services on Prince Edward Island receives funding to help Veterans and their families

Serene View Ranch Psychological Services on Prince Edward Island receives funding to help Veterans and their families
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Sep 04, 2019

The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, was in Alexandra, Prince Edward Island, visiting one of the 22 organizations that received funding from the 2019 Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund. Serene View Ranch, which opened in 2014, provides evidence-based and trauma-informed mental health and related health services for Veterans and their families. With the funding received from the Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund, it will pilot new treatment approaches involving individual Veterans and couples and renovate its premises for group programming.

New Operational Stress Injury (OSI) Satellite Service Site to open in Stratford, Prince Edward Island

New Operational Stress Injury (OSI) Satellite Service Site to open in Stratford, Prince Edward Island
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Sep 04, 2019

The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, joined the Honourable Dennis King, Premier of Prince Edward Island, and Dr. Julie Devlin, Manager of the Operational Stress Injury Clinic, Horizon Health Network to announce the new OSI Satellite Service Site in Prince Edward Island (PEI). OSI Clinics and OSI Satellite Service Sites provide specialized, evidence-based assessment, treatment and support services for operational stress injuries. Staff at these sites are trained in treating a range of mental health conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression and insomnia. Services, such as one-on-one therapy sessions and group sessions, are provided to Veterans, CAF and RCMP members. Veterans Affairs Canada funds New Brunswick’s Horizon Health Network to operate the Fredericton OSI Clinic. This clinic delivers health care services in English and French to eligible individuals in New Brunswick, as well as northern Nova Scotia and PEI. The Prince Edward Island OSI Satellite Service Site is a satellite of the Fredericton OSI Clinic that will address increasing demand for these services in PEI. Based on an agreement between Horizon Health Network and Health PEI, a team of clinicians will operate out of a new space to provide assessment and treatment to clients in need of specialized mental health services.

Four Calgary-based organizations receive funding to help Veterans find housing and employment

Four Calgary-based organizations receive funding to help Veterans find housing and employment
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Aug 27, 2019

The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, announced funding for four Calgary-based organizations who work with Veterans on issues such as transitional housing and employment. The four funding recipients included the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness, the Legacy Place Society, The Mustard Seed, and Prospect Human Service Society. The Government of Canada provides $3 million annually to organizations across Canada through the Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund. In 2018 and 2019, a total of 43 organizations have received funding to address Veterans’ issues such as mental health, transitioning from military service to civilian life, Veteran employment and more.

Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation Ceremony in Calgary, Alberta

Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation Ceremony in Calgary, Alberta
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Aug 27, 2019

On 27 August 2019, the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, awarded 15 recipients from the Prairies the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation at a ceremony in Calgary, Alberta. The Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation is awarded annually to Canadians who display an exceptional commitment to improving the well-being of Canadian Veterans, as well as promoting remembrance within their communities.

Veterans Affairs Canada announces funding to help two Nova Scotia-based organizations advance Veterans’ mental health

Veterans Affairs Canada announces funding to help two Nova Scotia-based organizations advance Veterans’ mental health
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Aug 13, 2019

On August 13, 2019 the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, announced funding from the Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund for the Canadian Women’s Wellness Initiative and the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia. The announcement was held in Dartmouth at the Nova Scotia Hospital. The Canadian Women’s Wellness Initiative received funding to give stress-reduction training to Veterans and their families. It will offer a transcendental meditation program to help Veterans and their families deal with toxic stress, occupational stress and post-traumatic stress. The Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia will use its funding to support Landing Strong, a 12-week day-treatment program helping Veterans and their families to address the mental, moral and physical aspects of injury. The funding will also support year-round workshops, Community Connection days and social media education and support initiatives.

Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation ceremony in Hamilton, Ontario

Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation ceremony in Hamilton, Ontario
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Jul 29, 2019

On July 29, 2019, the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, presented 33 recipients from the province of Ontario with the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation at a ceremony in Hamilton, Ontario.

The Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation is awarded annually to Canadians who display an exceptional commitment to improving the well-being of Canadian Veterans, as well as promoting remembrance within their communities.

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