The Quebec Veterans Foundation is proud to help empowering women veterans to live in dignity.
This assistance program for women veterans is funded by the Barry F. Lorenzetti Foundation, VAC, Tenaquip and Pratt&Whitney. The Quebec Veterans Foundation is responsible for its development and administration.
With this initiative, we aim for our contribution to reduce the rate of isolation and suicide among women veterans by encouraging organizations to provide resources that are tailored to their unique needs. In transitioning to civilian life, women veterans must have access to a support system that reflects their reality.
The 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.
A platform will be created to centralize resources exclusively dedicated to women veterans.
The Women Veterans Program will support and disseminate research that will address women veteran specific challenges and needs to optimize their transition to civilian life.
LONG-TERM CARE FOR VETERANS AT STE. ANNE’S HOSPITAL
INJURIES RELATED TO OPERATIONAL STRESS INJURY (OSI AND PAIN MANAGEMENT CLINICS) AT STE. ANNE’S HOSPITAL
Outpatient OSI Clinics
There are two outpatient clinics treating operational stress injuries (OSI); the primary is located in Ste. Anne’s Hospital and the other is a satellite office located in Longueuil. These clinics are exclusively dedicated to veterans. Their injuries can be physical in nature requiring pain management or be related to mental health issues, such as PTSD.
They serve over 1,200 patients from all over the province. Out-of-town patients can stay at Edith’s House, a small guest house on hospital grounds, which is operated by the Foundation.
Residential OSI Clinic
The only residential clinic for Canadian veterans with an OSI is also located in Ste. Anne’s Hospital. It accommodates up to 10 residents at a time and serves approximately 55 patients per year.
Treatment includes programs for stabilization and/or rehabilitation and takes place over periods ranging from four (4) weeks to four (4) months.
While the Foundation has succeeded in funding renovations to the facilities, further improvements are needed (patients’ bedrooms, therapy, and social rooms).
In addition to social outings that are part of the treatment, the Foundation funds art, pet, and yoga therapy.
We look forward to growing these programs to include outdoor and indoor sports activities, and equine therapy.
WHAT IS AN OPERATIONAL STRESS INJURY?
THE SENTINELS OF THE STREET
The ambitious program “Sentinels of the Street” was launched in May 2017 and is managed by Old Brewery Mission.
The program provides food, shelter, and the necessary psychosocial support to help the homeless veterans rebuild and reintegrate into their communities.
Veterans Affairs Canada graciously provided much of the necessary funding for the program since its inception. The Foundation is proud to be a major pillar and has committed to sponsoring this program until 2021.