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Vlog 03: Canada Proud

David Faassen, Senior Vice President, Marketing, shares some of the reasons why he is proud to be a Canadian.

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DAVID FAASSEN: There’s so many fantastic things. I’ll try and stay away from the clichés, but when I think about being Canadian, I think about the nature of how we are as a people. We’re very open. The diversity aspect comes in to my mind very rapidly. The wide, open spaces, which I think has helped shape us as a society. When I think about being Canadian, all these things, I think, are fantastic. You think of the peacekeeper role we play in the world and we have a strong backbone, as well, and strong opinions, which I really appreciate, but it’s tempered and then when I look at opportunity to work in an organization like Mackenzie Investments and how we get involved in the communities we serve and the philanthropic and the fact that we sponsor an event like True Patriot Love and give back and the support from our employee base is fantastic. So to me that almost epitomizes being Canadian. We care about these things and we are committed to it.

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.