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Schlumberger & Prospect - Empowering Veterans Through Employment

On November 14th, Prospect and Schlumberger collaborated to deliver the Effective Strategy Session called Empowering Veterans Through Employment at the Marriott in downtown Calgary. The event was well attended by several of Prospect’s employer partners and featured two panels of speakers. The first panel was comprised of leaders from BMO, Nutrien, Katerra, CP Rail, Chevron and Schlumberger, who discussed best practices for including candidates with military experience in the workforce. The second panel included Canadian, American and British Veterans, who talked about their experience transitioning from military service to the civilian workforce.

A special thanks to Nick Tran and Celine Gerson from Schlumberger for their tremendous collaboration and the very generous $15K donation to our military employment programs, Forces@WORK and BaseToBusiness.

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True Patriot Love approves additional support for Forces@WORK

Prospect is pleased to acknowledge additional support of $90,000 from True Patriot Love (TPL). The TPL Board of Directors approved the funding in recognition of the excellent work and results achieved by the Forces@WORK team.

The monies will allow Forces@WORK to deliver uninterrupted service to Veterans, transitioning members of the military, Reservists, and their families as Prospect seeks to secure additional funding from other sources. To date, Prospect’s Forces@WORK team has helped hundreds of program participants find and succeed in new jobs in the civilian workforce. The program has achieved a 96% satisfaction rating from those it has served. It is led by Maj. (Ret’d) David Blackburn.

The True Patriot Love Foundation is a national charity that honours the sacrifices of members of the Canadian Armed Forces, Veterans and their families in both times of peace and conflict.

An evening of magic in support of years of hard work.

Prospect was excited to be part of the Canadian Legacy Project’s presentation of Penn & Teller at a fundraising event in Calgary, October 20th. We called attention to veterans’ homelessness and employment issues with a special poster, “There are some things even Penn & Teller can’t make disappear.” Both Penn & Teller signed the poster after a great show that was enjoyed by many, especially 400 veterans and their families who were hosted by the Canadian Legacy Project.

“Canadian Legacy Project is dedicated to supporting our Canadian veterans and this annual concert event is one of our main fundraising activities,” stated David Howard, President of the Canadian Legacy Project.

Prospect’s Forces@WORK initiative was featured at the event and is the employment partner of the Canadian Legacy Project.

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Prospect and the Canada Legacy Project (CLP) continue their collaboration to support Veterans.

CLP is leading a Veterans Funding Drive to raise $500,000 over the next year to support various Veterans Initiatives. This year, they switched their emphasis to supporting employment and education initiatives, housing and service dogs. Prospect’s Forces@WORK has been identified as a leading program that CLP will continue to support.

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Calgary military charity switches focus from food to jobs for veterans

The Canadian Legacy Project started the Veterans Food Drive in support of the Veterans Food Bank at the Calgary Poppy fund over a decade ago.

But on Saturday, the group announced that they will be changing their focus this year from collecting food to supporting programs that help veterans with employment, housing, mental health and PTSD service dogs.

Soft local economy empties shelves at Calgary Veterans Food Bank

”We anticipate the Veterans Food Bank at the Calgary Poppy Bank will have the resources needed to help the veteran population they support. With this goal soon to be accomplished, Canadian Legacy Project will not be further promoting this year’s food drive and is asking Calgarians to support their 2017 Veterans Funding Drive,” Canadian Legacy Project president Dave Howard said in a news release.

“We have been overwhelmed with support for Canadian Legacy Projects Veterans Food Drive. We are confident that we will have excess food donations this year and have partnered with the Mustard Seed to make sure they receive food donations also as they are feeding our homeless veterans daily,” Howard said.

“We will monitor the situation at the Calgary Poppy Funds Veterans Food Bank through the remainder of this year and next, to make sure if the food bank needs are met.”

Melanie Mitra works with the Alberta non-profit group Prospect Human Services which runs an employment service for veterans called Forces@WORK.

Forces@WORK connects people retiring from military service with employers who want to tap into that demographic.

“They were stunned to learn that here was this very skilled, capable population with all skill levels that were struggling with employment,” Mitra said.

She said ending a military career is a tough transition for many former soldiers.

“They are facing a major cultural change. They are facing a huge career change. Many of them have never even been in the civilian workforce as they joined at 18. But on top of that they’re dealing with an injury that has prematurely ended their military career,” Mitra said.

According to Howard in 2016 Calgarians helped raise over $170,000 in cash donations through the Canadian Legacy Project’s Veterans Food Drive, which was used to buy food gift cards and filled four warehouses with food for the Veterans Food Bank which is run by the Calgary Poppy Fund.

“While our food drive goal has been met, it is important to note that this is a trying time for many of our Canadian veterans. They are having a difficult time integrating back into civilian life. Many are unemployed and many are suffering with PTSD. Canadian Legacy Project is a charity run by volunteers and we want to ensure people who support this funding drive that their dollars will be going directly to those in need,” Howard stated.

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