In early November, millions of Canadians pin a bright red flower to lapels and collars of jackets, coats and shirts each year as a symbol of remembrance to our fallen Armed Forces members. The poppy has come to signify remembrance, respect and honour for our Armed Forces personnel as well as a way to raise money to support veterans and their dependents. It’s one of many ways that Canadians can support veterans and their families in return for their service to our country.
We can support fundraisers such as the Wounded Warrior Run, an annual event that raises money for Wounded Warriors Canada. In February 2017, Tilray was proud to support the Vancouver Island run from Port Hardy to Victoria for the second year in a row. Wounded Warriors Canada is a non-profit organization that helps Canadian Forces members who have been wounded or injured by finding therapeutic programs for military men and women in need.
Canadians can also support veterans who are making a difference for their fellow Canadian Armed Forces members, such as Cody Lindsay and his Wellness Soldier organization. Cody, a chef, provides information, products and services in the areas of clean eating, fitness, meditation and medical cannabis to help veterans live a healthy lifestyle. Cody recently hosted a veterans’ dinner in Victoria, B.C., which Tilray helped sponsor.
Tilray supports veterans with access to medical cannabis through our VAC Bridge program and partners in research projects, such as the PTSD study with UBC, that aim to help veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. These are just a few ways that Tilray is supporting our veterans.
We hope that in honour of Remembrance Day and the sacrifices our Canadian Armed Forces have made for us, that we can all support veterans for their service to our country.