Wounded Warriors Canada Makes Substantial Donation in Equine Assisted Support for PTSD

EDMONTON, Feb. 17, 2015 /CNW/ - Wounded Warriors Canada is proud to announce it will make a $170,000 donation in 2015 to Can Praxis – Canada's leading PTSD Equine program supporting Canada's ill and injured Canadian Armed Forces members, Veterans, and their families.

Can Praxis is designed to specifically address the ongoing challenges of conflict and crisis in a relationship brought on by the effects of PTSD and other Operational Stress Injuries.  Horses provide an environment where honest and open feedback surrounding these concerns can be addressed in order to gain new understandings and "take away" skills to improve interpersonal communication and reduce conflict within relationships. Can Praxis is managed by licensed and certified facilitators with proven experience in relationship communication and conflict resolution.

For Wounded Warriors Canada, as a privately funded charity, this donation was made possible as a result of the ongoing partnership between Wounded Warriors Canada and Glenfiddich. Since 2012, Glenfiddich has donated over $300,000 to Wounded Warriors Canada with the funds raised now supporting the charity's funding for Can Praxis.

Phil Ralph, National Program Director for Wounded Warriors Canada, commented, "Can Praxis is an internationally recognized program for PTSD headquartered in Alberta. To date, our funding has supported over 80 couples that have experienced this innovative program. Wounded Warriors Canada, through our partnership with Glenfiddich, is extremely proud to be their national funding partner – ensuring that no matter where a serving or retired Canadian Armed Forces member resides, this programs is accessible at no cost".

Steve Doyle, Country Manager at William Grant & Sons, joined members from Wounded Warriors Canada and Can Praxis for the announcement and commented, "It continues to be an honour for William Grant & Sons to partner with Wounded Warriors Canada and Can Praxis in their on-going support of Canadian military heroes and their families. As a five generational family run business, we are deeply aware of the important role that strong family plays in every person's well-being. The good work done by Can Praxis and Wounded Warriors Canada is essential in meeting the needs of our veterans and their families, and Glenfiddich is very proud to play a part in that work."

Steve Critchley, Co-Founder of Can Praxis, commented, "Can Praxis is pleased and honoured to be partnered with such a tremendous organization as Wounded Warriors Canada. PTSD and OSI are not regional concerns – nor does it matter their age or where they served. By working together we can accomplish even more for our Canadian Armed Forces members, Veterans and their families.  Wounded Warriors Canada, through the support of Glenfiddich, makes this possible as a result of their substantial funding to our program."

For more information on Wounded Warriors Canada please visit: www.woundedwarriors.ca

For more information on Can Praxis please visit: http://canpraxis.com

For more information on the partnership between Wounded Warriors Canada and Glenfiddich please visit: http://www.glenfiddich.com/ca/latest/recent-news/2014/wounded-warriors-canada-receives-120-000-donation-from-glenfiddich-scotch-fundraiser-supports-can-praxis-equine-therapy-program-for-canadian-forces-members/

SOURCE Wounded Warriors Canada

Image with caption: "Tegan Vickers and her dad, Neil Vickers, a serving member of the Canadian Armed Forces with Bella the horse at the Can Praxis Equine centre in Rocky Mountain House. (CNW Group/Wounded Warriors Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150217_C2535_PHOTO_EN_12244.jpg

For further information: Scott Maxwell, Executive Director, Wounded Warriors Canada, 1-888-706-4808 ext 2, scott@woundedwarriors.ca

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