MP O’Toole Supports Robbie Burns Veterans Event


January 24, 2014 – Toronto – On January 23, 2014 MP Erin O’Toole was a special guest at the 3rd Annual Treble Victor Robbie Burns Scotch Tasting in support of Canadian Forces families and veterans hosted by law firm Heenan Blaikie LLP. Each year the event draws veterans working in the Toronto corporate community alongside leaders from various Canadian veteran and military family advocacy groups. This year leaders from the True Patriot Love Foundation, Wounded Warriors, Canada Company and Military Minds attended the event and connected on mutual areas of interest.

The event featured a scotch tasting, piping of the haggis and a discussion by sports personality Michael Landsberg, who shared his personal challenges and mission to help Canadian veterans struggling with mental health issues through his Sick Not Weak initiative. A live auction was held and the $14,600 raised for the True Patriot Love Foundation and Wounded Warriors was immediately directed by the charities to support Landsberg’s Sick Not Weak programming.

At the event, MP O’Toole presented Don Ludlow and Mark Walden with National Service Medallions for their volunteer efforts to establish the Treble Victor Group, which helped host the evening. Treble Victor is a national volunteer organization of former military veterans who have transitioned to the private sector and work together to support other transitioning military members find meaningful employment and a welcome peer group after their time in uniform.

MP O’Toole is a member of Treble Victor, a founder of the True Patriot Love Foundation and helped start this Robbie Burns evening several years ago before he was elected to Parliament as the MP for Durham. He served 12 years in the Canadian Forces following his graduation from Bowmanville High School.

“I was honoured to be part of an event supporting Michael Landsberg’s important work on mental health awareness for our veterans and proud of my continued association with groups like Treble Victor, True Patriot Love and Wounded Warriors.”

Background:

Treble Victor Group: is a national volunteer organization of former military veterans who have transitioned to the private sector and work together to support other transitioning military members find meaningful employment and a welcome peer group after their time in uniform. http://www.treblevictor.org/

True Patriot Love Foundation: True Patriot Love is Canada’s eminent military family foundation.  Since 2009, they have raised over $13M to help support those who serve in and out of uniform. http://truepatriotlove.com/

Wounded Warriors:  Founded in 2006, Wounded Warriors Canada is a non-profit organization that helps Canadian Forces members – be they full time or reservists – who have been wounded or injured in their service to Canada. Through a wide range of programs and services, they help find solutions where gaps have left Canadian soldiers in need. Currently, its primary focus is on mental health and the staggering impact of PTSD, perpetrated by Operational Stress Injuries. Its mandate is to help any Veteran in need as they transition to civilian life. http://www.treblevictor.org/

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