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June 18, 2021

Colonel Russell Mann Military and Veteran Family Health Research Award

Congratulations to Lynda Manser, recipient of the 2020–2021 Colonel Russell Mann Military and Veteran Family Health Research Award!

June 18, 2021

Congratulations to Lynda Manser, recipient of the 2020–2021 Colonel Russell Mann Military and Veteran Family Health Research Award!

Each year, the Vanier Institute of the Family recognizes high-quality Canadian research that increases our understanding of military and Veteran family health with the Colonel Russell Mann Military and Veteran Family Health Research Award, which has been presented annually at the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR) Forum.

Ms. Manser is recognized for her study The State of Military Families in Canada: A Scoping Review and for Relocation Experiences: The Experiences of Military Families with Relocations Due to Postings – Survey Results, as well as for her subsequent knowledge mobilization efforts. This research, along with her work on Services for Military and Veteran Families: The 2020+ Strategic Framework, are important contributions to the national understanding of military and Veteran families.

The State of Military Families in Canada: A Scoping Review, published in August 2020, brings together the most recent Canadian research consisting of 72 articles and reports to identify the issues currently facing Canadian military families. Her work finds three common military journey challenges (geographical relocations due to postings; absences from family due to operational tempo; and the risk of operational illness, injury or death), as well as three family journey challenges (personal well-being and mental health; financial stress; and intimate partner relationships).

While most families report handling these challenges, Manser writes, “For those who struggle, access to systems of care and supports could enhance their resilience to manage these transitional challenges.” The study therefore helps to inform how services can adapt and align with the unique and diverse realities of military family life.

“Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services (CFMWS) is truly blessed to have a researcher like Lynda Manser on its team. Lynda’s keen understanding of military family realities acquired over several years, coupled with her sound research practices, and connections to the Defence research community is a huge benefit to the entire Defence community. Through her research, we are better equipped to make sound decisions on services and programming that are evidence-based. We offer Lynda our most sincere congratulations for receiving this award.”

– Sean N. Cantelon, Chief Executive Officer, CFMWS

Read the publications:

The State of Military Families in Canada: A Scoping Review

Relocation Experiences: The Experiences of Military Families with Relocations Due to Postings – Survey Results

Services for Military and Veteran Families: The 2020+ Strategic Framework