Minister of Veterans Affairs Canada meets with local organizations addressing Veterans issues

News release

The Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund is open for a second round of applications until March 29th.


March, 12 (TBC), 2019 – Edmonton – Veterans Affairs Canada

The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, met with three organizations receiving funding from the Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund in 2018 during a recent visit to Edmonton.

Minister MacAulay discussed the unique initiatives the three Edmonton-based organizations are undertaking. He also encouraged other organizations whose research, projects or initiative will have a positive and lasting impact on the Veteran community, to apply for the second round of funding in 2019.

The Governors of the University of Alberta, A New Dynamic Enterprise Inc. (ANDE), and Klassen Rehabilitation Consulting, Appelt OT/Mindful Pain Management, and JL Smith Occupational Therapy Services Ltd. attended the meeting, where the Minister had a chance to discuss the progress achieved so far as a result of the VAC’s investment.

The Governors of the University of Alberta are testing Hand self-Shiatsu--a pragmatic, no-cost, non-pharmacological form of sleep intervention.

ANDE are implementing the Transitions LifeShop--a two and a half day retreat that uses neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) to tap into limiting beliefs, meta-programs and identify unproductive habits, patterns and stress triggers. 

Klassen Rehabilitation Consulting, Appelt OT/Mindful Pain Management, and JL Smith Occupational Therapy Services Ltd.—a group of occupational therapists with training and certification to facilitate mindfulness meditation programs—are developing the Mindfulness-Based Chronic Pain Management (MBCPM) program to ease the pain and suffering of people who live with chronic pain.

Quotes

“I am very impressed with the work these organizations have been doing with the funding they received from the Well-Being Fund. The programs and services they’re developing are helping Veterans manage chronic pain, creating transition retreats where Veterans can make major gains in personal development, and offering non-pharmacological ways to live with occupational stress injuries and combat sleep deprivation—all of which are important steps forward for Veterans and their families.”

The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minster of Veterans Affairs and Associated Minister of National Defence

Quick facts

  • The Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund supports research projects and innovation initiatives tailored to improve the well-being of Veterans and their families.

  • Veterans Affairs Canada is now calling for applications from February 28 – March 29, 2019

  • Veterans Affairs Canada may award grants up to a maximum of $250,000 per fiscal year, for a maximum of five years; and contributions up to a maximum of $1 million per fiscal year, for a maximum of five years.

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Contacts

Media Relations
Veterans Affairs Canada
613-992-7468
vac.media-medias.acc@Canada.ca


Alex Wellstead
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
Alex.Wellstead@canada.ca


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