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Vlog 02: Training and Preparation

David Faassen, Senior Vice President, Marketing, discusses his training for the True Patriot Love Mackenzie Expedition.

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DAVID FAASSEN: In respect to the training camp, it was fantastic a) to meet everybody you’re going to be spending two weeks with. I mean that’s a pretty intense amount of time with people you don’t know so it was a great eye opener from a perspective – different personalities on the executive side and from the veterans and to really start to understand what they went through and what they continue to go through.

INTERVIEWER: How is it different from your experience in the Reserves?

DAVID FAASSEN: Well, the Reserves were many, many years ago, with a body many, many years younger, so it’s obviously very different. It’s different demands, different time, different recovery rates. It was easy back then. It’s not so easy anymore. Recovery doesn’t come the way it used to come. For me though, I’ve never really spent a lot of time in British Columbia and the type of camping and the type of hiking expedition is very different than here in Ontario. When I went in, I looked at the list of gear and I’m going “Really? Some of that seems a bit over the top”, but then I started talking to the guides and realizing I should just stop talking and they know what they’re talking about. That actually may be a very interesting analogy towards how we deal with the veterans because I have no idea what they’ve been through. So really is shedding all of those biases and preconceived notions and going with an open mind and listening to people who’ve been there, done different things and had much different experiences.

The plight of Canadian veterans is a topic that is very close to my heart. That is why I participated in the True Patriot Love Scotiabank Mackenzie Expedition this summer. Our team of Canadian business executives and soldiers hiked over the Coast Mountains of British Columbia, rafted down the Bella Coola River and paddled ocean canoes out to the explorer’s historic inscription to raise funds for the True Patriot Love Foundation, a national charity that works to inspire every Canadian to contribute to the resilience and wellbeing of military and Veteran families.

It was an honour to be a part of this expedition and step up for the brave Canadian men and women who serve our country. I would like to thank everyone who helped me achieve my fundraising goal and challenge those who are still interested to help us surpass $100,000. Consider making a donation to this worthwhile cause today. Together, we can make a substantial difference in the lives of veterans and their families.

David Faassen
Senior Vice President, Marketing