Team Canada’s second – and final – training camp for the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 wrapped up in Kingston, ON. on Friday, June 16. That evening, the chair of the Legion membership committee, Tom Irvine, hosted the entire team at a closing reception at Branch 560. In his pre-dinner remarks, he delivered the Legion’s heart-felt congratulations and best wishes to the athletes. Later, he presented each team member and all training staff with a gift package that included a We Support Our Troops 24 kt. gold ribbon pin.
“We are very proud to be associated with the upcoming Invictus Games,” Irvine says. “We’re especially happy to salute the serving members and Veterans who have earned the privilege of wearing the maple leaf for Team Canada.” That evening, he also took the opportunity to express the Legion’s appreciation for the remarkable work done by Soldier On. This organization, led by founder Greg Lagacé, encourages and supports Veterans with physical or mental health injuries to develop new skills and build confidence through physical activity and sport.
As a way to further salute the Veterans’ hard work, achievements and commitment, the Legion asked Soldier On to let team members know they are eligible for a free one-year membership. “We were happy to pass on Legion membership application forms to the team members,” Lagacé said. “It’s a great way to end a very successful training camp and, at the same time, look to the future.”
The Legion is grateful to Branch 560 for its hospitality and to its past-president Al Jones and service officer Merrill Gooderham for being on hand to welcome Team Canada. “Legion members across the country are looking forward to cheering on the more than 550 wounded servicemen and women from the 17 allied nations competing this September in Toronto,” says Irvine.
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