#BellLetsTalk Day ~ The Canadian Forces on Twitter

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Canada’s Defense Team is working diligently to support mental wellness in the Canadian Armed Forces. “As we move forward in this pandemic, our mental health and wellness must remain a top priority.” stated the Canada Defence Team twitter account.

Members of the Canadian Armed Forces went above and beyond the call of duty to temporarily support high-priority long-term care homes during the height of the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020.

Under Operation LASER, the Canadian Armed Forces deployed teams consisting of nurses, medical technicians and additional personnel. They worked in Ontario long-term care homes beginning in April, 2020 providing staffing support and helping with infection prevention and control, and other duties such as cleaning and food preparation.

“We owe our brave men and women in the Canadian Armed Forces, and the military families who support them, a debt of gratitude for their service to our province during this crisis,” Premier Doug Ford said in July, 2020.

“From providing relief to our frontline workers, to taking care of our loved ones in long-term care homes, they have been there for their fellow Canadians when we needed them most. We hope to find ways in the near future to properly show our thanks for their contributions and for the contributions of all Ontarians who have gone above and beyond these past few months.”

Over the course of their mission, the Canadian Armed Forces teams supported the following homes: Orchard Villa, Holland Christian Homes Grace Manor, Altamont Care Community, Eatonville Care Centre, Hawthorne Place Care Centre, Downsview Long Term Care, and Woodbridge Vista Care Community.

“Members of The Canadian Armed Forces have been called upon regularly to assist with emergencies at home and abroad. The current context is unprecedented and has affected people across the Province of Ontario. Joint Task Force Central members, as active members in their communities, are proud to have deployed in service to fellow Canadians in need as part of Operation LASER. We are equally proud and humbled to have worked alongside Frontline Health Care workers who worked diligently and tirelessly to resolve an unprecedented crisis in Ontario.” said Brigadier General Conrad Mialkowski
Commander Joint Task Force Central.

Further to the epic work the Canada Forces undertook in Ontario’s long-term care homes, they have been called upon to support remote and northern communities where limited infrastructure is in place to guard against COVID-19. The Canada Forces Rangers are currently deployed in Hatchet Lake First Nation where today, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Honourable Bill Blair announced an extension to the end of February, 2021.

Members of the Canadian Forces can register for the monthly Health and Wellness Webinar series for tools and resources to help you navigate through life:

Sailor (AWWD), Jeffery Lacey, Royal Canadian Navy is from Torbay NL.Sailor (AWWD) in the Royal Canadian Navy. From Torbay NL. Living in Nova Scotia

The Twitter account below is one of my personal favourites (favorites) ~ ‘Canadian Forces in the United States’, If you are on twitter and not following the account @CAFinUS, you’re missing out on a real gem. The *force* behind this twitter account is pure brilliance ~ archiving ‘threads’ that bring history, social justice, current events, and honour (honor) to the social media platform.