BFLF Women Veterans Program

The Quebec Veterans Foundation is proud to offer an innovative assistance program exclusively for women veterans, whose main objective is to meet their specific needs. The Barry F. Lorenzetti Foundation (BFLF) has generously agreed to provide major funding for a three-year period.

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. The QVF is a proud recipient of this grant from Veterans Affairs Canada and thanks to their important financial support, we will be able to perrenise and continue to develop this program which has a positive impact on the wellness of women veterans everywhere in Quebec.

This program to help women veterans is also financially supported by Pratt & Whitney Canada and the Tenaquip Foundation.

Through this initiative, we hope to help reduce the rate of isolation and suicide among women veterans by encouraging organizations to offer resources adapted to their unique needs. When transitioning to civilian life, women veterans need access to a support system that fits their reality.


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BFLF Women Veterans Program encourages the development and offering of wellness activities specifically designed to meet the unique needs of Quebec women veterans, as they experience the challenges of the transition from military to civilian life.

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A platform will be created to centralize resources exclusively dedicated to women veterans.

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The BFLF Women Veterans Program will support and disseminate research that will address women veteran specific challenges and needs to optimize their transition to civilian life.

Funding Recipients

Women veterans can access the following activities and services free of charge – some activities have limited admission capacity:
Veterans Transition Network
Transition Skills Course
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This program will allow participants to develop skills through group counselling, a proven formula in the delivery of our long-standing Veterans Transition Program (VTP).
Dave Morrow Personal Training
Healthy Veteran Initiative – Personal training sessions for women veterans
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The goal of this program is to significantly improve the health and wellness of Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) veterans through online training based on lifestyle, fitness, nutrition and state of mind.
Virtual yoga sessions for women veterans
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This program is dedicated is about learning to be present in a safe space and discovering the magic of reconnecting body, mind, and breath. EnergiZen offers trauma sensitive and chronic pain therapy yoga classes.
CASA Centre
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This program has set out to offer group sessions, workshops and peer-to-peer support to help meet and address the unique needs to women veterans. CASA will help to educate and demystify the reality of the challenges faced by this specific group of veterans.
The Pepper Pod
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Heroes Mending on the Fly Canada
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Hélène LeScelleur
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Emmanuelle Meunier, Art Therapist -M.A., ATPQ
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Guiding Principles

The aim of this platform is to centralize resources exclusively dedicated to women veterans. We encourage you to learn more about the listed organizations’ missions, services and codes of ethics. The Barry F. Lorenzetti Foundation and the Quebec Veterans Foundation are funding organizations and are not in a position to dispense or offer clinical advice of any kind. Please contact your family physician, your VAC representative or go to the hospital’s emergency ward if you are concerned about any aspect of your or someone else’s mental or physical health.

The More You Know

Women have been permitted to join the CAF for many years. However, it was not until 1989 that the federal government allowed women to serve in most military occupations. That is how we have seen the number of women in the military grow and being to work in jobs that have been traditionally reserved for men, but not necessarily adapted to them. The number of female veterans is increasing annually and according to the most recent data, approximately 12% of the Regular Force members released from the CAF are women. If the CAF’s efforts to recruit women are successful, the proportion of female veterans is likely to increase substantially in the coming years.

The military environment and veteran assistance system are constantly evolving. Over the coming decades, we will see the CAF and VAC transform to better adapt equipment, training, support, and treatment to match the specifics of women and men. For example, transitioning military women were often invited to join military spouse support groups, in the absence of dedicated services

It is in this spirit of change that the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, recently announced the creation of the Office of Status of Women and LGBTQ2 Veterans at Veterans Affairs Canada.

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Research Studies

Helping Women Veterans Quit Smoking: A Qualitative Analysis of Successful and Unsuccessful Attempts

Understanding the Experiences of Women Student Veterans During Their Transition Process from the Military into Higher Education: Identity, Belonging, and Voice in Writing Courses and Writing Assignments in Other Disciplines

Benefits of CBT-I for Women Veterans with and without PTSD

Postpartum Depression in a Cohort of Post-9/11 Women Veterans: The Role of Military Stress and Trauma

An Open Trial to Test Participant Satisfaction With and Feasibility of a Computerized Intervention for Women Veterans With Sexual Trauma Histories Seeking Primary Care Treatment

The MSSA: A Novel Instrument to Assess Sleep and Sleep Disturbances in Military Men and Women

Realizing the Benefits and Avoiding the Pitfalls of Telemental Health Care for Women Veterans

Integrated intervention for comorbid posttraumatic stress disorder and fibromyalgia: A pilot study of women veterans

The Impact of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Moral Injury on Women Veterans’ Perinatal Outcomes Following Separation From Military Service

An Examination of the Association Between Patient Experience and Quality of Mental Health Care Among Women Veterans

Defining Moral Injury Among Military Populations: A Systematic Review

Lifetime History of Sexual Assault and Emergency Department Service Use among Women Veterans

Women in the U.S. Military: Coping Style as a Moderator between Gender Microaggressions and Depressive Symptoms

Multiple Case Action Research Study Describing Veteran Women’s Perceptions of Biopsychosocial Healthcare

“We Have a Long Way to Go:” A Case Study Examination of Older Women Veterans’ Experiences in VA Primary Care

Gender in Veteran reintegration and transition: a scoping review

Long-Term Outcomes of Service Women Injured on Combat Deployment


Virtual Panel Discussion: Military Sexual Assault: A National Security Issue | Athena Leadership Project

Unique Readjustment Concerns for Newly Separated U.S. Female Veterans

Military and Veteran Women’s Well-being: Canadian Perspective

Needs and Strengths of Military Women Veterans

No Man’s Land – Experiences and Needs of UK Women Veterans

The Experiences and Social Well-Being of Women in the NZ Army

Suicidal Self-Directed Violence among Women Veterans

Unique Readjustment Concerns for Newly Separated U.S. Female Veterans

Moral Injury Research and Clinical Implications: Shining the Lens on Gender Differences

Women’s Mentoring Network of Canada

Moral Injury Community of Interest

True Patriot Love’s For Her Country – Episode 2 | Lieutenant Colonel Eleanor Taylor on the Value of Hard Conversations

True Patriot Love’s For Her Country – Episode 7 | Dr. Henry on the power of empathy and kindness

True Patriot Love’s Resiliency in the Canadian military: Lessons From Leading Women

True Patriot Love’s For Her Country – Episode 8 | Lt(N) Jenn Martin on rising to the challenge

True Patriot Love’s For Her Country – Episode 9 | Captain Mary Ann Barber on putting your own oxygen mask on first

True Patriot Love’s For Her Country – Episode 10 | Able Seaman Yvette Yong on being number one in the world

True Patriot Love’s For Her Country – Episode 11 | Master Corporal (Retired) Natalie Forcier on creating your next chapter

True Patriot Love’s For Her Country – Episode 1 | Major Jaime Phillips on Embracing Authentic Leadership

True Patriot Love’s For Her Country – Episode 3 | Warrant Officer Avril Jno-Baptiste-Jones on finding your own path

True Patriot Love’s For Her Country – Episode 4 | Sergeant GerriAnne Davidson on challenging your limits

True Patriot Love’s For Her Country: Virtual Fireside Chat

True Patriot Love’s For Her Country – Episode 6 | Artillery Officer Anne Reiffenstein on the cost of being first

Female and Male Veterans in Canada

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Code of ethics

  • Inclusion: Valuing diversity and enabling all veterans to have access to the same opportunities.
  • Respect: Consideration for others, accompanied by courtesy, listening and openness. Prohibit and denounce all forms of harassment.
  • Fairness and integrity: Behave fairly and honestly. Provide fair treatment with absolute respect for righteous. Proscribe and denounce all forms of discrimination, judgment or segregation.
  • Impartiality: Be neutral and objective. Make decisions in accordance with the applicable rules and laws. Work without partisan consideration.
  • Diligence: Act morally, responsibly, consistently and thoughtfully.
  • Innovation: Openness to change paired with creativity to optimize performance

Our Missions

The Barry F. Lorenzetti Foundation is committed to improving mental health care in Canada by bridging the gaps in the current system. We aim to do so by supporting grassroots initiatives, forging long-term national partnerships to escalate our cause, and positioning ourselves as a leader in mental health care. The mission of the Foundation is to advance mental health care in Canada by improving access to care and combatting stigma, with two areas of focus: youth mental health and military-related PTSD.

The Quebec Veterans Foundation (QVF) provides tangible support to veterans transitioning to civilian life. The QVF finances programs that provide direct services to veterans in long-term care at Ste. Anne’s Hospital, suffering from post-traumatic stress injuries or experiencing homelessness or addiction. The QVF strongly believes that women and men who have served our country should all feel pride and be able to continue to contribute to their communities in the context of their civilian lives.