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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.

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.