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Valour Games set for 2022
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Valour Games set for 2022

Canada’s first Valour Games, a homegrown project created after Toronto hosted the 2017 Invictus Games for wounded veterans and service members, are set to launch in Ottawa in November 2022. The games are to be held every two years in select Canadian cities. Some 500 competitors are expected.  The weeklong competition is to feature 10 adaptive sports, including archery, powerlifting, wheelchair tennis, rugby and basketball. “Canada’s Valour Games are much more than elite competition—they are a vital part of the rehabilitation journey for Canada’s ill and injured warriors,” reads the Valour Games’ website. “Many Canadians may not know the extent of the physical and emotional trauma service members undergo while serving our country, or the extraordinary burdens placed on their families. ...
Unforgettable Ian tells the story of a soldier’s battle with dementia
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Unforgettable Ian tells the story of a soldier’s battle with dementia

Unforgettable Ian is a bittersweet mini-documentary about a dementia-sufferer, Ian Doig; his devoted wife Kathie Reid; and the front-line workers who care for him. Written and directed by Rhiana Ehara, the film tells the story of the long-retired army officer and his struggles with aging, change and short-term memory loss.   Doig is an endearing subject—an accomplished man forced to confront the vulnerabilities and consequences that the years have wrought. That he does so with such grace, humour and fortitude is inspiring. He came to the Revera Stoneridge Manor long-term care home in Carleton Place, Ont., three years ago after a bad fall. As is often the case, it was a difficult transition for all involved. Doig was subsequently diagnosed with dementia. “I don’t know why I’m here ...
Dominion convention in August to be virtual
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Dominion convention in August to be virtual

Originally planned to take place in Saskatoon, The Royal Canadian Legion’s 48th dominion convention will be conducted by video conference on Aug. 13-15 this year.  The decision was based on the safety of Legion members, predictive factors associated with the pandemic and restrictions imposed on the convention facilities, said Steven Clark, executive director of National Headquarters. Delegates from Legion commands, sections and branches will convene online to make policy decisions and set the future course of the organization.  This may pose a challenge to some, but current technology should ease the process, said Clark. The internet browser Google Chrome will be used and a minimum 5 megabits-per-second internet download speed is required. The 14-page convention call was distributed on...
DEC focuses on support to branches
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DEC focuses on support to branches

At its meeting via video conference on April 24-25, Dominion Executive Council (DEC) considered the many impacts of COVID-19 on The Royal Canadian Legion in recent months. A common theme through the meeting was how the Legion has responded to the pandemic and its plans for a post-pandemic future.  “Branches stepped up to the plate to offer their spaces for vaccination and testing.” “A top priority of the RCL in the past year has been to help many branches, in serious financial difficulty because of the lockdowns, avoid permanent closure,” said Grand President Larry Murray. “Dominion Command initially provided relief using national reserves to the extent feasible and then successfully sought assistance from government for the first time in the Legion’s nearly 100-year history. The sup...
Veterans’ House opens in Ottawa
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Veterans’ House opens in Ottawa

A new 40-unit veterans’ housing facility has opened at the former Canadian Forces Base Rockcliffe in Ottawa, the first of what its builders hope will be many across Canada.    Six years in the making, Veterans’ House is a project of the Ottawa-based Multifaith Housing Initiative charity, which plans to build similar facilities in other cities. Peer-support staff will be in the building during the day to help residents navigate their new lives. It is located in the Andy Carswell Building, named for a former Royal Canadian Air Force pilot. The facility includes nine accessible apartments for those with disabilities. “I’m over the moon!” said an emotional Dave Gordon, chair of Ontario Command’s Provincial Homeless Veterans Program. “One homeless veteran is one too many, and one less o...
Scholarship to research TBI classification system
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Scholarship to research TBI classification system

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the focus of the recipient of the 2020 Royal Canadian Legion Masters Scholarship in Veteran Health Research.  “Traumatic brain injury was a significant injury in both Iraq and Afghanistan war zones and is a leading cause of mortality in Canada for people under 40 years of age,” said Abdelhakim Khellaf during the online presentation of the award on Jan. 27.  Knowing the severity and type of injury are important. The award is usually presented at the annual forum of the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research, which was cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic.  Khellaf, of the University of Toronto, will focus on the development of a new classification system for TBI.  For more than a decade, international researchers have been ref...

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