TORONTO, June 13, 2013 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Steven
Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister for La Francophonie,
Eve Adams, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs
and Member of Parliament for Mississauga-Brampton South, congratulated
Mary Jo Haddad, President and CEO of Toronto's Hospital for Sick
Children, on the Hospital's commitment to Canada's Veterans.
"I commend the commitment that the Hospital for Sick Children is making
today to Canada's Veterans. Its participation in the Hire a Veteran
initiative goes hand in hand with the work our Government is doing with
other corporate partners to promote Canada's highly skilled Veterans,"
said Minister Blaney. "Through this initiative, the Hospital for Sick
Children is giving Veterans new opportunities to make a successful
transition from military to civilian life."
"Our Veterans are well trained in various disciplines and have a great
deal to offer to this country's workforce," said Parliamentary
Secretary Adams. "I am delighted to see this top research hospital
joining our Hire a Veteran initiative, along with other corporate
partners such as Cabela's Canada, Queen's University and Mount Allison
University. Without a doubt, the Hospital for Sick Children will put
our Veterans' excellent training and skills to good use in the civilian
workforce. In turn, the Hospital—as well as its young patients—will
benefit greatly from having Canadian Veterans on its workforce."
"The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) is proud to partner with
Veterans Affairs Canada in the Hire a Veteran initiative," said Susan
O'Dowd, Vice-President of Human Resources at SickKids. "We are
committed to helping Canadian Veterans transition to their civilian
lives. We're excited to participate in this important initiative and
are honoured to be able to give back to Canadian Veterans who exemplify
the qualities of compassion and humanitarianism that are of critical
importance to caregivers at all hospitals but particularly to
caregivers at hospitals for children. I believe that Canadian Veterans
can contribute to our 'Healthier Children. A Better World' vision."
This commitment by SickKids builds upon the Veterans Transition Action
Plan, launched last fall by Minister Blaney. The plan consists of new
measures for cutting red tape for Veterans, enhancements to service
delivery, post-military career opportunities for Veterans,
ground-breaking research on the needs of releasing Canadian Armed
Forces personnel, and enhanced cultural awareness.
For more information on Veterans Affairs Canada's programs and services,
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
For further information:
Media Relations Advisor
Veterans Affairs Canada
Jean-Christophe de Le Rue
Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
Director, Total Rewards and Diversity
Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children