OTTAWA, May 4, 2017 /CNW/ - Natacha Dupuis, Co-Captain of Invictus Games Toronto 2017 Team Canada, will be bringing the unconquerable spirit of service men and women and their families to The Royal Canadian Legion Ontario Command Convention.
Natacha is the Keynote Speaker at the Legion Ontario Command Convention in London, Ontario on Sunday, May 14. "We are honoured to have Natacha bring her message of resiliency and finding the new normal with PTSD to the delegates at Convention" says Brian Weaver, Ontario Command Provincial President. "As the Legion evolves to better support Canada's Veterans, her message reinforces the values we hold close and reaffirms our commitment to supporting and honouring all Veterans."
An athlete in the 2016 Invictus Games and now training for the 2017 Games, Natacha understands and lives the fighting spirit of the wounded, injured and sick service personnel who will not be conquered by their condition. These Veterans compete to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation, and generate a wider understanding and respect for those who serve their country.
"The word 'Invictus' means 'unconquered'. It embodies the fighting spirit of the wounded, injured and sick service personnel and what these tenacious men and women can achieve, post injury." ~ invictusgamesfoundation.org
If there is one message Natacha wants every Veteran, every Legionnaire, and every Canadian to hear in her message, it's this… "No matter the challenges you face, don't let them rule your life. You have the condition; you are not the condition. Together we remember and together we are Invictus."
Prior to the opening ceremonies, Natacha will place a wreath on behalf of the Department of National Defence in a ceremony at Victoria Park to honour Canada's Fallen. She will then join with Legionnaires to parade from the cenotaph to the convention centre.
The Royal Canadian Legion is a proud sponsor of the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 as it furthers our mandate to raise awareness for the issues facing Canada's Veterans, it supports ill and injured Veterans attending the games, and it helps dispel the stigma associated with being ill or injured. Not only will the sponsorship support the nearly 100 Canadian active duty and Veteran service members participating in the 2017 Games, but it will also inspire countless injured and ill Veterans across this country to move forward, and raise awareness for the challenges they face.
To all the members of Team Canada, the Legion is grateful for your service, we are proud to support your journey, and we wish you all success in the 2017 Games!
About Natacha Dupuis
Natacha Dupuis' life took an unexpected turn when, on her second tour to Afghanistan, she witnessed the deaths of two of her brothers-in-arms. The result was an eventual diagnosis of post traumatic stress disorder or PTSI (post-traumatic stress injury) as she likes to refer to it.
With more than 16 years of service, Master Corporal (retired) Dupuis was at a crossroads. Enter the Invictus Games.
After competing at Invictus Games Orlando 2016, Natacha is now Co-captain of Team Canada 2017, and she has a message for other ill and injured members headed to Invictus Games 2017. "You have been given this amazing opportunity to make changes in your life. Believe me, if you put in the effort, the Invictus movement and Soldier On will lift you right up. You will accomplish things you never thought possible."
Listen to her story: https://www.invictusgames2017.com/episode-8-natacha-dupuis/
About The Royal Canadian Legion
Founded in 1925, the Legion is Canada's largest Veteran support and community service organization. We are a non-profit organization with a national reach across Canada as well as branches in the U.S., Europe and Mexico. With more than 275,000 members, many of whom volunteer an extraordinary amount of time to their branches, our strength is in our numbers.
SOURCE The Royal Canadian Legion Dominion Command
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