Toronto Military Family Resource Centre receives first award from
million dollar Fund
TORONTO, Nov. 6, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The Bell True Patriot Love Fund today announced its first grant in
support of mental health initiatives for Canadian military families.
Bell Let's Talk and the True Patriot Love Foundation presented a $20,000
grant to the local Toronto Military Family Resource Centre to support
the Dynamic Military Family Workshop. Focusing on the challenges
specific to military life, this series of mental health events offered
to military members and their families will promote mental well-being
and help families cope with the unique stressors of daily military
"Bell Let's Talk is very pleased to present the first Bell True Patriot
Love Fund grant to the Toronto Military Family Resource Centre," said
Mary Deacon, Chair of Bell Let's Talk."These grants will help provide
access to mental health care for military families when they need it,
and we look forward to extending our support alongside True Patriot
Love to military families across the country."
Bell and True Patriot Love are matching funds for the program. Starting
this year and through 2016, the Bell True Patriot Love Fund will
distribute $250,000 annually in grants of $5,000 to $25,000. It will
support programs delivered through Military Family Resource Centres
(MFRCs) that focus on improving access to mental health care on
Canadian Forces Bases across the country, often in remote locations.
"I have seen firsthand the incredible work and support that the Military
Family Resource Centres provide for military members and their families
from coast to coast," said True Patriot Love Vice Chair Michael Burns.
"Bell and True Patriot Love are committed to providing funding to these
Centres so that they are able to continue to provide high-quality
mental health programming to as many families as possible."
The Executive Director of the Military Family Resource Centre, Cathy
Turalinski, expressed her sincere thanks to Bell and True Patriot Love
for their commitment. "In my position, I see hundreds of families who
have mental health and wellness needs that are not otherwise funded.
The contribution that the Bell TPL Fund provides for MFRCs like ours is
integral to our ability to provide the best possible support for
military families in our community."
About True Patriot Love:
True Patriot Love honours the sacrifices of members of the Canadian
Forces, Veterans and their families by:
Stepping in where government is unable to fund programs that support
their physical, mental and social wellbeing no matter where they are
posted in Canada or abroad
Promoting their special skills and capabilities resulting from their
unique conditions of service
Being a channel for everyday Canadians, corporations and philanthropists
to express their appreciation and patriotism
Over the past three years, True Patriot Love was honoured to have raised
over $15 million to fund a variety of military programs, charities and
causes, when and where it is needed most. Our three key areas of
support are Family Health and Support, Physical Health and
Rehabilitation and Mental Health and Well-Being.
Please visit www.truepatriotlovefoundation.com for more information.
About Bell Let's Talk
The Bell Let's Talk mental health initiative is a national charitable
and awareness program promoting mental health across Canada with the
Bell Let's Talk Day anti-stigma campaign and significant Bell funding
of community care and access, research, and workplace initiatives. To
learn more, please visit Bell.ca/LetsTalk.
SOURCE: Bell Canada
For further information:
Manager, Business Development and Marketing
True Patriot Love Foundation
Bell, Media Relations
1 855 785-1427