“Let’s show our
True Patriot Love”
What Is SISIP?
A brief description of SISIP and the financial services it provides to the Canadian Armed Forces.
DAVID FAASSEN, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Mackenzie Investments: Thank you so much for taking the time out for us today. Perhaps you can start with telling us a little bit about the organization.
PIERRE GOULET, AVP of Client Services Delivery, SISIP: Well, thank you David for having me on board today. SISIP is formerly known as the Serviceman’s Income Security Insurance Plan. It was stood up in 1969 to support soldiers in the work that they do. We started strictly as an insurance component so that soldiers had access to optional group term, which was not available due to the dangerous nature of their job occupation. It’s dangerous to be a soldier. Since then, we’ve branched out to offer support in other areas of financial planning and financial security and financial health for Canadian soldiers. So no longer do we only do insurance, but we do investments, we do savings and we provide advice. We serve a community about 1.4 million people. That is the size of the Canadian Armed Forces community. When a soldier joins, the soldier brings along their family and others that are involved in their lives so when we reach out to our community, it’s not the 70,000 serving members or the 30,000 reservists. It’s really 1.4 million people, 1.4 million strong.
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.
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.
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.