Funding was recently announced for the Shaping Purpose Pan-Canadian Transitioning Veteran and Domestic Partner Study. The announcement was made by the Minister of Veterans Affairs Lawrence MacAulay, accompanied by Alaina Lockhart, Member of Parliament for Fundy Royal, and Wayne Long, Member of Parliament for Saint John – Rothesay.
Shaping Purpose has been awarded $750,000, over five years, from the Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund as part of the 2018-19 application process. This fund provides grants and contributions each year to select private, public, or academic organizations to support research, initiatives and projects that encourage or enhance the well-being of the Veteran community.
“We are investing in projects with the greatest positive impact on Veterans and their families and the work coming out of Shaping Purpose does just that. This project will create an innovative service that will allow us to better understand what actually constitutes a successful transition for both our Veterans and their families,” said MacAulay. “And at the end of the day, that is exactly what we want: Veterans and their family members to live happier lives after service.”
Shaping Purpose will receive $150,000 a year for each of the five years to support their study on transitioning Veterans and domestic partners. The study will be assessing the Shaping Purpose program for transitioning Veterans and their partners, as well as developing a method for defining a successful transition from military service to civilian life.
“Shaping Purpose provides people of all ages the tools to create a personal life plan that delivers tangible results. Support through the Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund will play a crucial role in allowing the Pan-Canadian Transitioning Veteran and Domestic Partner Study to assist Canada’s Veterans on their path to a successful transition from their military career,” said Lorne Brett, founder of Shaping Purpose.
Every year, Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) distributes approximately $3 million to different organizations across Canada through the Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund.