Military and Veteran Families in Canada Initiative, 2012–2017
With more than 80% of Canada’s military families living off base, community service providers often find themselves serving military service members and their families.
To increase awareness of military families and their unique experiences, expectations and perspectives, the Vanier Institute of the Family and the Canadian Armed Forces are partnering to build awareness, capacity, competency and community to ensure military families have equitable access to services and programs in their neighbourhoods. A knowledge network will connect community clinicians, researchers, community organizations and the general public in an innovative five-year collaboration.
The Canadian Military and Veteran Families Leadership Circle is one component of the Military and Veteran Families in Canada Initiative, a partnership between the Vanier Institute of the Family and the Canadian Armed Forces to build awareness, capacity, competency and community regarding military and Veteran families in Canada.
The Military and Veteran Families in Canada Initiative will:
- Build awareness by engaging media partners, analyzing and presenting data, and facilitating important conversations
- Build capacity by delivering training and professional development sessions for leaders, managers, front-line professionals, volunteers and professional associations, including but not limited to:
- Educators (early childhood through university), high school guidance counsellors, employment and career counsellors
- Health care and mental health professionals
- First responders
- Build competency by facilitating professional development that would lead to a credential or professional designation
- Build community by connecting Canadians and national and international organizations that study and support military families
To learn more about the life of military families from the Vanier Institute of the Family, Canadian Armed Forces and National Defence sources, see these related items:
- Building Inclusive Communities for Canada’s Military and Veteran Families, Transition
- Twitter Chat: Military Families in Transition to Civilian Life
- Canadian Military and Veteran Families Leadership Circle
- Work–Family Conflict Among Single Parents in the Canadian Armed Forces, Transition
- The Current State of Military Family Research, Transition
- CIMVHR: Serving Those Who Serve Us, Transition
- Caring for Each Other, Together and Apart: Military Families in Canada, Transition
- Canada’s Military Families and the Military Family Services Program, Transition
- Evaluation of Military Family Support Programs and Services, National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces
- Director Quality of Life/Military Family Services and the Vanier Institute of the Family partnership announcement
- On the Homefront: Assessing the Well-being of Canada’s Military Families in the New Millennium, National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces Ombudsman
This project is ongoing from 2012 to 2017.
- Nora Spinks, CEO, Vanier Institute of the Family