Serene View Ranch, Lest We Forget Community Veterans Committee each receive $400,000 from Veterans Affairs Canada
18 January 2022 – Charlottetown – Veterans Affairs Canada
Today, the Honorable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, alongside Bobby Morrissey, Member of Parliament for Egmont, announced that Serene View Ranch and Lest We Forget Community Veterans Committee have been awarded funding through the Veteran and Family Well‑Being Fund (VFWF).
Located in Alexandra, PEI, Serene View Ranch will receive $400,000 to develop a stabilization, grounding and resiliency program for Indigenous and women Veterans. The trauma treatment will be both individualized and community-based and will offer a variety of multidisciplinary, and culturally sensitive treatment approaches. Once developed, this program will be shared with mental health clinics across Canada.
The Lest We Forget Community Veterans Committee, based in Summerside, PEI, will also receive $400,000 to improve the economic security of women and LGBTQ2 Veterans in PEI. They will develop a Veteran Success Centre to support Veterans through entrepreneurship and employability programs, employment support services, translation services, career counselling and mentoring services.
All recipients will use this funding for initiatives that improve the well-being of Veterans and their families. This year, selected organizations are addressing issues affecting Veterans and their families during the post COVID-19 recovery, such as homelessness, retraining, employment, and health challenges, along with supporting equity-seeking groups such as women and LGBTQ2 Veterans. This support is made possible through additional investments in the Veteran and Family Well‑Being Fund in Budget 2021.
Since 2018, the Veteran and Family Well‑Being Fund has provided financial support to private, public and academic organizations striving to improve the lives of Veterans and their families through innovative projects, initiatives and research.