Our mission is to raise awareness about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in first responders and to diminish the stigma associated with it. By bringing the public together with members of emergency services, we hope to create an open dialogue about mental health issues and to demonstrate that there is a common struggle among our first responders and their families. This event is to support those who bravely stand in service to us and to demonstrate that there is hope for those who suffer.
This evening’s program will include keynote speakers from Involution Inc., Wounded Warriors Canada, and Behind the Red Serge. They will be joined by presenters associated with various organizations, including AHS EMS, Calgary Fire Association, RCMP, Sheepdog Lodge, Legacy Place Society, Badge of Life Canada, Mood Disorder Society of Canada, War Horse Awareness Foundation, and Canadian Mental Health Association.
Attendees will also include members from Military Minds, CanPraxis, Calgary Fire Department and Calgary Police Service. As an advocacy campaign we hope to raise public awareness about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and to create a sustainable network of national resources that are accessible to all first responders and their families. To assist in making these critical resources available, half of all ticket sales will be donated to Wounded Warriors Canada. Throughout the evening various fundraiser events will take place, including a silent auction, in support of the Sheepdog Lodge and the Firefighter Assistance Charitable Society.
All private and corporate donations are gratefully accepted (please contact Dr. Jennifer Primmer at 587.579.3307 for more information).
Dr. Jennifer Primmer, Involution Inc.
Shawna Stewart, Behind the Red Serge
Philip Ralph (CD), Wounded Warriors Canada
Jason Curry, Calgary Fire Association
Intermission / Silent Auction Fundraiser
Natalie Harris, Canadian Mental Health Association
Diana Festejo, Legacy Place Society
Deanna Lennox, Badge of Life Canada
Allan Russell, Sheepdog Lodge
Intermission/ Fundraising Activity
Sgt. Doug Wasylenki, RCMP
Chief Steve Dongworth, Calgary Fire Department
Jeff Russell, AHS EMS
Intermission / Fundraising Activity
Closing Remarks – Dr. Jennifer Primmer, Involution Inc.
ONLINE TICKET PURCHASE HAS CLOSED OFF. TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR. THANK YOU.
The dress attire is semi-formal/uniform. Tickets are $50 each, with half of all ticket sales being donated to Wounded Warriors Canada.Fundraising events will take place throughout the evening to help raise funds for the SheepDog Lodge and the Firefighter Assistance Charitable Society.
We believe that regardless of circumstance, no one should ever have to go through life feeling alone, ashamed, or without resources for help in crisis. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder is an injury; it is not a sign of weakness or disease. The stigma associated with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder can be as debilitating as the condition itself – it is costing lives. We need to stand up to the stigma and show those who suffer that there is no shame, but there is HOPE!
Please help us serve those who serve us. Help us save lives.