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When you think of Canada, what comes to mind? Politeness, snowy winters and summers by the lake, bilingualism, freedom, universal health care, hockey, home?
For many military families, answering the common question of “Where are you from?” or “Where is home?” is not an easy task. A military family could start their journey in St. Jean, Quebec, then be posted to Borden, Ontario, or Shilo, Manitoba. Comox, British Columbia could be next, or Gander, Newfoundland, or even Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories. Trenton, Ontario may be their last posting, but how would you describe home when you have lived in so many places across Canada? For most, the simple answer is “Home is Canada!” With this in mind, the Trenton Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC) is pleased to host its 16th annual Invisible Ribbon Gala: CANADA. On Saturday, May 9, 2020, we will celebrate the true north, strong and, free!
The Invisible Ribbon Gala, held at the National Air Force Museum of Canada, is more than just an evening of community philanthropy. It is about raising awareness of the strength behind the uniform – the strength of military families. Military families are called upon to be resilient and steadfast when their Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) member is called upon in the name of Canada. The unique challenges faced by military families every day can have an impact on the operational effectiveness of a CAF member; which is why we at the Trenton MFRC are dedicated to going above and beyond to ensure military families have the resources they need and the community support behind them to be resilient.
Our primary focus in 2020 is a resource that everyone needs and is something we can all relate to: health care. While as Canadians, we pride ourselves on universal health care, access to a primary care physician is a matter many Canadians face. However, due to the unique challenges of the military lifestyle, military families are often at a higher disadvantage when obtaining a primary care physician. There is even a common misconception that military families receive health care through their CAF base. In fact, according to the Seamless for Canada Initiative, in Canada, 9-10% of civilians do not have a family physician compared to the 24% of military spouses who do not have a family physician. Furthermore, 17% of children of military families do not have a family physician.
To offset this challenge, the MFRC has made it a goal to create sustainable health care solutions for military families. To achieve this, we have identified a short-term and a long-term approach which includes developing partnerships with health care officials and regional health agencies, as well as access to virtual care. In the short-term, the MFRC’s aim is to support military families by facilitating access to virtual health care tools that could help with their immediate health concerns.
To help us achieve this goal, you are invited to show your support for our military families by sponsoring the event, making a donation to our cause or an item to our auction, and attending the Invisible Ribbon Gala: CANADA.
For more information about the Invisible Ribbon Gala and how the MFRC supports military families, please visit www.trentonmfrc.ca/invisibleribbon or call Amy LeGresley at 613-392-2811 ext. 4635.
On behalf of the military families of our community, thank you!
Together we are stronger!
100% OF NET PROCEEDS WILL SUPPORT MILITARY FAMILIES IN OUR COMMUNITY.
The Trenton MFRC is a non-profit organization that promotes and facilitates community based services that enrich, strengthen and enhance the quality of life for our military families. The Trenton MFRC serves over 4,400 military members and approximately 7,500 dependents living in the Quinte region. Every year, hundreds of military members and their families use the resources offered by the Trenton MFRC; your support ensures that these resources are available to every person who walks through our doors.
The Invisible Ribbon Campaign raises awareness about the role of the military family, the resilience required in supporting our troops by “wearing the invisible uniform” and pays tribute to the sacrifices military families make in support of Canada.
Military Family Resource Centre
50 Rivers Drive East, Trenton, ON
50 Rivers Drive East, Trenton, ON