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Interview with Prince's Operation Entrepreneur - 2018 Commendation Recipient

Founded in 2012, Prince’s Operation Entrepreneur (POE) has become the hub of entrepreneurship for the Canadian military community. By engaging military, civilian, academic, and corporate collaborators, plus hundreds of volunteers, POE provides a continuum of training and support services needed for veterans and their families to start and grow successful businesses.

Interview with Prince's Operation Entrepreneur
Interview with the RCMP Veterans Association Support and Advocacy Team - 2018 Commendation Recipient

In 2012, the Nova Scotia RCMP Veterans’ Association initiated the Support and Advocacy Committee after recognizing the lack of available assistance and support in pursuing VAC pensions and other retirement issues for RCMP Veterans and their families.

Interview with the RCMP Veterans Association Support and Advocacy Team
Interview with Leah Cuffe - 2018 Commendation Recipient

Leah Cuffe is the wife and caregiver of MCpl (Ret’d) Michael Trauner, an Afghanistan Veteran who in 2008 suffered from the loss of both of his legs and the majority of his left arm and hand functions. After her husband’s injury, Leah left her job and sought different employment for a more flexible schedule to provide and care for him.

Interview with Leah Cuffe
Interview with Dr. Timothy Black - 2018 Commendation Recipient

Dr. Black is an Associate Professor of Counselling Psychology and Department Chair in Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies at the University of Victoria. He has worked with the Canadian Military and Veteran Community as a clinician and researcher for 20 years with a focus on group counselling for PTSD and transition to civilian life.

Interview with Dr. Timothy Black
Are you being medically released from the Canadian Armed Forces?

If you are being medically released, your transition to civilian life will take place over several weeks, months or years. This can be a difficult time because there are many steps and key players involved. To assist you, the National Defence and Canadian Forces Ombudsman has developped a reference tool called Your Transition to Civilian Life – The Three Phases of Medical Release.

Are you being medically released from the Canadian Armed Forces?
Interview with the New Chelsea Society - 2017 Commendation Recipient

The New Chelsea Society was founded in 1952 to provide safe, affordable housing for World War II Veterans and their families in the Vancouver area. Today, it is the third largest non-profit housing provider in the BC lower mainland with 1,432 affordable housing units for Veterans, seniors, families and persons with disabilities.

Interview with the New Chelsea Society
Interview with Paws Fur Thought - 2017 Commendation Recipient

Paws Fur Thought is an initiative that fundraises and matches service dogs with Veterans and First Responders in need. Inspired by his service dog, Thai, Medric Cousineau, a decorated RCAF Captain (Ret’d) who was awarded the Star of Courage, co-founded Paws Fur Thought with Jocelyn Cousineau in 2013.

Interview with Paws Fur Thought
Interview with Daniel Lafontaine - 2017 Commendation Recipient

Daniel Lafontaine was born in 1964, and grew up in Chelmsford outside Sudbury in Northern Ontario. His father’s mother was Algonquin (Anishnabeg), born in the Baskatong region of Québec; his mother’s grandmother was Innu (Montagnais) from the area of Les Escoumins, Québec; and he is a francophone first-generation Métis in Québec.

Interview with Daniel Lafontaine
Interview with Lieutenant-General Louis Cuppens, C.M.M., C.D. (Ret’d) - 2017 Commendation Recipient

Lieutenant General Louis Cuppens was born in Nijmegen in the Netherlands during World War II. Canada so influenced his family that they immigrated to Canada in 1950, and he chose to spend his adult life in the service of Canada as a member of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Interview with Lieutenant-General Louis Cuppens, C.M.M., C.D. (Ret’d)
Interview with Allan De Genova, Founder, Honour House - 2016 Commendation Recipient

President of Honour House Allan De Genova received the 2016 Commendation Award for his dedication to the military community by providing free accommodation for Veterans, CAF members, and Emergency Services Personnel in a “home away from home” since 2010 in Vancouver.

Interview with Allan De Genova, Founder, Honour House
Interview with Jenifer Migneault, Caregiver Advocate - 2016 Commendation Recipient

As an advocate for caregivers, and a caregiver herself, Jenifer Migneault has contributed to the national conversation regarding support for military families and dedicates her time to assuring Veterans, families, and caregivers have the support they need and deserve. The Veterans Ombudsman Commendation Award recognized her efforts and highlights her importance to the military community.

Interview with Jenifer Migneault, Caregiver Advocate
Ray Kokkonen -
What was the most rewarding aspect of the work that you have done to date on behalf of Veterans?

Capt. Ray Kokkonen (Ret'd) shares with us the most rewarding aspects of his work on behalf of veterans and their families. This is part of a series of clips taken from interviews with 2015 Commendation recipients.

Ray Kokkonen
Roméo Dallaire -
What inspires your efforts and your work to support Veterans and their families?

Lt.-Gen the Honourable Roméo Dallaire (Ret'd) talks about what inspires him to work so hard on behalf of Veterans and their families. This is part of a series of clips taken from interviews with 2015 Commendation recipients.

Roméo Dallaire
Ray Kokkonen -
How do you feel about being one of the few recipients of the Veterans Ombudsman Commendation?

Ray Kokkonen describes how it feels to be one of the few recipients of the Veterans Ombudsman Commendation. This is part of a series of clips taken from interviews with 2015 Commendation recipients.

Ray Kokkonen
Roméo Dallaire -
What was the most rewarding aspect of the work that you have done to date on behalf of Veterans?

Lt.-Gen the Honourable Roméo Dallaire (Ret'd) talks about the most rewarding aspect of his work on behalf of Veterans. This is part of a series of clips taken from interviews with 2015 Commendation recipients.

Roméo Dallaire
Ray Kokkonen -
What advice would you give to others who would like to dedicate time to Veterans' issues?

Ray Kokkonen, 2015 Veterans Ombudsman Commendation recipient, shares his advice for those who want to dedicate their time to Veterans and their families. This is part of a series of clips taken from interviews with 2015 Commendation recipients.

Ray Kokkonen
Roméo Dallaire -
How do you feel about being one of the few recipients of the Veterans Ombudsman Commendation?

Lt.-Gen the Honourable Roméo Dallaire (Ret'd) describes how it feels to be one of the few recipients of the Veterans Ombudsman Commendation. This is part of a series of clips taken from interviews with 2015 Commendation recipients.

Roméo Dallaire
Ray Kokkonen -
What inspires your efforts and your work to support Veterans and their families?

Recipient Ray Kokkonen talks about what motivates him in his work for Veterans and their families. This is part of a series of clips taken from interviews with 2015 Commendation recipients.

>Ray Kokkonen
Your call is important

Your call is important is a video message hosted by Mr. Guy Parent the current Veterans Ombudsman of Canada.   Mr. Parent describes who the Office of the Veterans Ombudsman serves and the services we provide.  The video message has various tight and wide angle shots of Mr. Parent and shows a faded waving Canadian flag in the background with various military personnel and commemorative photos.  The Veterans Ombudsman shares a real-life success story as an example of how the Office of the Veterans Ombudsman can help.  On screen toll free number provided: 1-877-330-4343.

Your call is important
Welcome to the Office of the Veterans Ombudsman

This video is a collage of images depicting members of the Canadian Forces and RCMP conducting operations on land, sea and in the air. It also includes Veterans of various ages, scenes of remembrance ceremonies and monuments, and historical photos from previous wars.

Welcome to the Office of the Veterans Ombudsman
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