Military and Veteran Families in Canada Initiative

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 builds:

  • Awareness by engaging media partners, analyzing and presenting data, and facilitating important conversations
  • 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
  • Competency by facilitating professional development that would lead to a credential or professional designation
  • 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:

 

Project Timeline

This project is ongoing from 2012.

Project Lead

  • Nora Spinks, CEO, Vanier Institute of the Family

For more information, please contact:

Russell Mann Col (retd), OMM, MSM, MBA, CD
Senior Advisor
The Vanier Institute of the Family
94 Centrepointe Dr., Ottawa, Ontario  K2G 6B1
Tel.: 613-406-8501