WINNIPEG, Aug. 7, 2014 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Julian
Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Parliamentary Secretary
Parm Gill, along with Steven Fletcher, Member of Parliament for
Charleswood-St. James-Assiniboia, participated in a tour of the Field
of Honour at Brookside Cemetery, guided by City of Winnipeg officials,
Grant Nordman, Deputy Mayor, Michael Jack, Chief Administration
Officer, and Jane Saxby, Manager of Brookside Cemetery.
Brookside Cemetery is one of the largest and oldest municipal Military
Fields of Honour in Canada. More than 12,000 Veterans, service men and
women, and their family members have been interred in this cemetery
Later in the day, Parliamentary Secretary Gill joined Lawrence Toet,
Member of Parliament for Elmwood-Transcona, to meet with Veterans and
local representatives of Veterans' organizations to gain their
perspectives on key issues facing Canada's Veterans and their families.
Discussions focussed on Government of Canada initiatives related to
Veterans' employment, mental health and transition to civilian life.
While in Winnipeg, Parliamentary Secretary Gill also had the opportunity
to meet with Veterans at the Deer Lodge Centre and tour the facility.
Veterans Affairs Canada offers rehabilitation services, vocational
assistance and career transition services to help improve Veterans'
employability after they leave the military.
Since 2006, the Government has invested almost $5 billion in new funding
to enhance Veterans benefits, programs and services.
Veterans Affairs Canada has a well-established national network of
approximately 4,000 registered mental health professionals, including
psychologists, social workers and mental health nurses, who deliver
mental health services to Veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder
(PTSD) and other operational stress injuries (OSIs).
The Brookside Field of Honour is home to the only Commonwealth War
Graves Commission "Stone of Remembrance" in Canada and many other
important military monuments, including the Last Post Fund
Columbaria—the first of its kind in Canada.
Veterans Affairs Canada contributes almost $500,000 annually to Deer
Lodge Centre to support an enhanced level of programs and services.
Approximately 120 Veterans currently reside at the Centre.
An Operational Stress Injury Clinic, fully funded by Veterans Affairs
Canada, is also located at Deer Lodge Centre.
"Our government will always stand up for Veterans, and together with all
Canadians, we will never forget their service and sacrifice. I was
pleased to meet with many of Canada's brave men and women while in
Winnipeg to ensure we are providing adequate support to Veterans and
their families. We are listening and taking action on initiatives that
are important to those who have served."
Parm Gill, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs
"I am pleased to tour Brookside Cemetery with Parliamentary Secretary to
the Minister of Veterans Affairs, Parm Gill, as we commence Manitoba's
commemoration of the First World War."
Steven Fletcher, Member of Parliament for Charleswood—St.
"Our Government is committed to ensuring those who have served have the
supports they need to successfully transition to civilian life. I am
pleased that Parliamentary Secretary Parm Gill travelled to Winnipeg to
meet with local Veterans and the organizations that represent them to
discuss issues facing Veterans and their families in our area."
Lawrence Toet, Member of Parliament for Elmwood-Transcona
"The Field of Honour at Brookside Cemetery is one of the largest and
oldest military interment sites in Canada. It was a pleasure to join
the Government of Canada representatives and others on a tour of this
significant tribute to Winnipeg's fallen heroes."
Grant Nordman, Deputy Mayor, City of Winnipeg
"I am pleased Parliamentary Secretary Gill is reaching out to Veterans
right here in Winnipeg. It is essential that we continue the dialogue
on how best to ensure our men and women transition to civilian life."
Celeste West, President, Transcona Branch 7, the Royal Canadian Legion
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
For further information:
Office of the Minister of Veterans of Affairs
Veterans Affairs Canada