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 Saint 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!
Complete the Online Sponsorship Form (coming soon!) and provide details about your preferred sponsorship.
Business owners or individuals who offer a product or service that may benefit the Invisible Ribbon Gala are invited to provide donations on an in-kind basis. You will receive sponsorship benefits based on the value of your donation. In-kind ideas: catering, decor, flowers, print/radio advertising.
Invisible Ribbon Supporters are business owners or individuals who make a monetary donation to the Invisible Ribon Gala of $100 - $1,499.
Attach your sponsorship dollars to a specific element that will make the night a memorable one. Contact us to customize your package.
Includes all benefits of a Runway Sponsor, plus:
Includes all benefits of a Jet Sponsor, plus:
Includes all benefits of a Pilot Sponsor, plus:
To help us achieve our goal you are invited to show your support for our military community by donating an item to our auction.
Donations of all amounts are appreciated.
Complete the Online Donation Form and provide details about your Auction Item donation.
Please contact us with any questions or for more information.
Amy LeGresley, Special Events Coordinator
613-392-2811 ext. 4635
Devon Taylor, Communications & Development Coordinator
613-392-2811 ext. 3598
Kameel Sharma, Youth Services & Personal Development Coordinator
613-392-2811 ext. 2568
50 Rivers Drive East
Please Note: If you have not received an email within 48 hours of your request please call Amy at 613-392-2811 ext 4635.