A new program aimed at military Veterans is opening its doors in Pembroke this month.
Operation Well-Being is a multi-disciplinary program that combines registered and licensed medical professionals with practical, local programming expertise to help Veterans succeed in civilian life.
Founder, Brenda Northey, says hopes Operation Well-Being will be able to work with each Veteran to help them move forward and find renewed purpose.
“I have founded and or run organizations that either worked with the homeless or with people with mental health issues. Our goals were always to help them become contributing members of society. An unprecedented number went on to work or to do other valuable volunteer work. It was at my last organization that I was approached by a case manager at the Toronto VAC and told I should do something like this for Veterans,” says Northey. “Six years later, and with the help of so many Veterans, we have created a Veteran program for Veterans. Our philosophies and approaches are based on the Viktor Frankl’s meaning-based therapy. One of his key thoughts was that where there is a future, there is hope.”
Over a three-month-period, Operation Well-Being will offer Veterans a team of experts based upon their needs and their goals.
The integrated team works with each Veteran to help them achieve their goals – all on-site.
The program is geared to help Veterans suffering from mental health and physical issues. It can also help Veterans navigate the complex system to get the support that is needed to move forward.
The team includes nurse practitioners, psychotherapists, dieticians, occupational therapists, kinesiologists, and massage therapists.
The program is currently taking referrals for clients and will be opening to the public on July 8, 2019.
A drop-in information session is scheduled for July 2, from 2 – 4 PM at 100 Crandall Street, Pembroke Ontario.