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A brief introduction to the True Patriot Love Mackenzie Expedition.

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VETERAN 1: I joined the military because I had a deep sense of purpose of serving my country.

VETERAN 2: On my second tour, we were the busiest team of the whole campaign in Afghanistan.

VETERAN 3: There was a lot of pretty close calls. When I came back, I started getting anxiety, getting stressed, depression. I found out that I have post-traumatic stress disorder.

VOICEOVER: What are we? We are a community of veterans. Why do we push ourselves so hard? Because that’s what we do. That’s who we are. And should we falter, another will lift us up. Never give up. Never give up.

DAVID FAASSEN: And that’s why Mackenzie Investments is supporting True Patriot Love Mackenzie Expedition. And that’s why I am supporting it as well.

True Patriot Love is a national charity that’s dedicated towards helping our serving military, veterans and their families make the transition back to civilian life. The Mackenzie Expedition is one that is actually retracing the last leg of Sir Alexander Mackenzie’s expedition in 1793. He was the one person who actually made the transcontinental trip – the first to cross North America. We start off in the interior BC, hiking for four or five days, then we raft down the Bella Coola River and then we spend four or five days in big 14-person Voyageur canoes to canoe out to the spot where he inscribed a plaque to mark the end of his journey.

The whole purpose of the Mackenzie Expedition is to raise funds and awareness and mentoring for veterans re-entering into civilian life. What True Patriot Love has done is matching business executives with veterans and bringing them together for a two week expedition. As part of that, we actually had a training camp in Gravenhurst, Ontario, a couple of weeks ago, where the business execs got to meet with the veterans and test our gear, make sure that we had the right stuff and test our fitness level. This was perhaps a bit of an eye opener for some of us, where we realized that to be able to accomplish a two week expedition of this nature, that we perhaps had to dedicate a little more time towards the fitness component, but all in all, it was a very worthwhile, exciting opportunity – to meet the people we are going to be spending a significant amount of time with.

And why is Mackenzie Investments supporting this? First, we have a history of supporting True Patriot Love. Second, we have a long history of supporting the communities we serve. In Canada’s 150th birthday and it’s also Mackenzie’s 50th birthday, we felt that there’s no better way to commemorate both of these events then by supporting our veterans. Mackenzie employees have been fantastic throughout this whole endeavour. Teams have been actively fundraising, selling hats, doing raffles and raising awareness generally, but our ambitions are much loftier than that. We do not want to leave it there. We want to engage Canadians in such a fantastic cause to honour and support our veterans.

I want to thank you, invite you to come back to this page, as we’ll be updating the content nearer to the expedition. Find out more about True Patriot Love and the great causes that they support and above all else, please donate. Thank you very much. 

True Patriot Love

Everyone knows the physical sacrifices that Canada’s military personnel make every day.

But what about the mental and emotional trauma they endure while serving our country?

  • FACT: The risk of suicide for our Veterans exceeds that of the general population.
  • FACT: 60% of medically released military personnel face permanent physical limitations.
  • FACT: Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a grim reality for many Veterans.

Most of us can only imagine their painful and horrific experiences. How far would you go to help them? How about Baffin Island?

That’s where two of Mackenzie Investments’ senior leaders, Libby McCready and Fate Saghir, are heading on behalf of True Patriot Love (TPL) Foundation, a national charity dedicated to providing Canadian military and Veteran families with the support they need and the hope they deserve.

Mackenzie is proud to be Presenting Sponsor of True Patriot Love Women’s Expedition: Baffin Island 2019. The expedition will pair Canadian female soldiers and Veterans with female business and community leaders. During this first-ever all-women’s expedition, participants must work as a team to overcome significant physical and mental roadblocks as they snowshoe 100km across the frigid Arctic Circle!

Today, we ask you to support Libby and Fate to raise $100,000 toward this expedition. No donation is too small as every dollar helps provide crucial mental health and transition programs.

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You can improve the lives of the military personnel who have sacrificed so much to protect our own lives. To support Libby, Fate and the entire TPL organization, please donate to the cause.

Thanks for your compassion and generosity as you make a difference in the lives of our military.


About TPL

Since 2009, TPL has provided $25 million to fund innovative research and support 750 community-based programs across the country. By addressing the unique challenges resulting from military service including mental health, physical rehabilitation, transitioning to civilian life, and the special needs of children, TPL has helped change the lives of more than 25,000 military families.