Military and Veteran Families in Canada: Collaborations and Partnerships

Military and Veteran Families in Canada: Collaborations and Partnerships Compendium 1.0 is a digital publication created to strengthen the community of support among organizations and professionals that study, serve and support Canada’s military and Veteran families.

This reference publication profiles organizations that are engaged in partnerships and collaborations across the country. It informs the public and other organizations about the initiatives that are underway, inspires engagement, reduces duplication of effort, and leverages existing resources to enhance and strengthen our collective competence in supporting Canada’s military and Veteran families.

This unique collection includes organizations not typically associated with military and Veteran families. Contributors are prominent and diverse, including the Canadian Child Care Federation, Autism Speaks Canada, Environics Communications, Mental Health Commission of Canada, Accenture and many more.

The compendium is an initiative resulting from the second annual Leadership Circle meeting in January 2016, which was attended by Karen McCrimmon, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence. The event was co-chaired by the Canadian Armed Forces Commander of Military Personnel Command, Lieutenant-General Christine Whitecross and the Board Chair of the Vanier Institute of the Family, Victor Duret.

The Canadian Military and Veteran Families Leadership Circle connects leaders from business, community, government and the Canadian Armed Forces to facilitate and strengthen community services and programs for Canada’s military and Veteran families. The Leadership Circle is a component of the Military and Veteran Families in Canada Initiative, a five-year partnership between the Vanier Institute and the Canadian Armed Forces that increases awareness of military and Veteran families and their unique experiences, expectations and perspectives.

“The Leadership Circle has shown us that we can accomplish more and extend our reach by working together,” says Spinks. “Leadership Circle members are passionate and diverse, and we will continue to facilitate partnerships and collaborations among stakeholders, service providers, and family members; it’s about relationships, and we look forward to helping these relationships grow.”

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