Greenwood MFRC has received a grant from the Bell True Patriot Love Fund in support of mental health initiatives for Canadian military families.
Bell Let’s Talk and the True Patriot Love Foundation presented a $25,000 grant to the local Greenwood Military Family Resource Centre recently to support the School Liaison Program. This position within the GMFRC will liaise between the GMFRC and our local schools to implement programs developed for military children in schools, advocate for military families and, together with school staff, help to foster an understanding of the social, emotional and educational needs of military children.
“These grants will help provide access to mental health care for military families when they need it, and we look forward to extending our support alongside True Patriot Love to military families across the country," said Mary Deacon, Chair of Bell Let’s Talk
Bell and True Patriot Love are matching funds for the program. Starting this year and through 2016, the Bell True Patriot Love Fund will distribute $250,000 annually in grants of $5,000 to $25,000. It will support programs delivered through Military Family Resource Centres (MFRCs) that focus on improving access to mental health care on Canadian Forces Bases across the country, often in remote locations.
“I have seen firsthand the incredible work and support that the Military Family Resource Centres provide for military members and their families from coast to coast,” said True Patriot Love Vice Chair Michael Burns. “Bell and True Patriot Love are committed to providing funding to these Centres so that they are able to continue to provide high-quality mental health programming to as many families as possible.”
The executive director of the Greenwood Military Family Resource Centre, Margaret Reid, was thrilled to receive the funds.
“We are genuinely honoured and appreciative of the commitment of Bell and True Patriot Love to supporting military families. This grant will provide both hands-on mental health support to our military children and these partnerships with local schools and educators will help build awareness of military life and culture and help develop stronger and more supportive communities for children living our transitional lifestyle.”