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“Military families are the Canadian Armed Forces’ centre of gravity.” Lieutenant - General (Ret’d) Alain J. Parent, CMM, CD,

Military Family Appreciation Day.

A Day For Military Families.

“The families of our Canadian Armed Forces members are tremendously important, but often the forgotten glue that keeps everything together back home when our brave men and women in uniform are doing their jobs to keep Canadians safe here and around the world. Their fellow Canadians are often unaware of the enormous sacrifices and long separations from loved ones that these families endure.”
Rick Ekstein, Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board, Together We Stand.

The Third Friday In September.

Working closely with Members of Parliament from every Federal political party, Together We Stand established a nationally recognized day for Canadian military families through the introduction and passage of a Unanimous Consent Motion in the House of Commons on June 19th, 2019. Now, the third Friday in every September is known as Military Family Appreciation Day across Canada, the first and only day in Canada dedicated to our military families.
On behalf of our organization, we’d like to thank Gen, Andrew Leslie (Ret’d), the Hon. Ed Fast, and MP Murray Rankin for their support and Member of Parliament Phil McColeman who moved our motion in the House of Commons.
Overlapping images of families in a parliament setting, and happy families at a TWS event

Operation Care Package.

An image of a woman opening a Care Package from Together We Stand, layered with a photo of a Care Package opened up
Building from the Eksteins’ 2017 gift card idea, TWS developed what is now known as our Family Care Package – a simple token of gratitude and thanks. With help from private donors and Corporate Canada, gift cards, discounts, as well as notes of thanks from Adidas, Cineplex, Spin Master Toys, Reebok, and many other Canadian companies, were sent to families whose loved one was deployed overseas during the holiday season. To date, over 7,000 packages have been distributed to deserving military families, with a value of approximately 1.7 million dollars.

For the families who have a loved one stationed overseas, the packages are a welcomed surprise, as receiving recognition for their daily sacrifice is not the norm. We commit to improving our Care Packages each year, with the intention of delivering meaningful and impactful gifts to as many families as possible.

Now, with thousands of care packages delivered to deserving military families across Canada, we’re excited for Canadians to see how we’ll continue to grow and expand our operations while continuing to be the voice of Canadian military families.
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