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Our Mission.

“Together We Stand will become the most trusted philanthropic partner of Canadian Armed Forces Families by ensuring they are acknowledged and honoured in a way that they have never been before.” - Rick Seymour, CEO, Together We Stand.

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Together We Stand has tasked ourselves to become the vanguard of military families, showing these families that they are seen, heard and appreciated.
We saw the pivotal role these families play in the Canadian Armed Forces and in the safety of our country. It was time they received acknowledgement for everything they do. The monumental task of keeping life on the home front together, both without knowing when one’s loved one would return, or if they would return at all, requires incredible courage.
“Together We Stand strives to honour our Canadian military families across the country by providing them with the support and acknowledgement that we know they deserve”

Why We Stand Together.

Multiple deployments and postings, new cities and schools, difficulty finding doctors, limited career opportunities and lack of a local support system – these are just some examples of what our military families endure.

“Bringing military families to the forefront”

Together We Stand was created to bring military families to the forefront, highlighting the sacrifices they make on behalf of our country, and to help all Canadians understand the other side of our military.

Our History.

4 Years and counting.

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In December 2017, founders Rick and Lillian Ekstein provided the families of deployed Canadian Armed Forces members with a $50 gift card to say thank you for supporting their loved ones while they ensure the safety and security of our country. The reaction was so positive they decided to continue their commitment to showing appreciation to Canadian military families, thus Together We Stand was born.

Over the past few years, Together We Stand has expanded our operations calling on some of the biggest companies in Canada to stand with Canadian military families.

Since the inception of Together We Stand, over 7,000 gift boxes filled with a variety of gift cards and coupons have been delivered to families at 29 military bases from coast to coast to coast.
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“Together We Stand has tasked ourselves to become the vanguard of military families, showing these families and every Canadian that they are seen, heard and appreciated” Rick Seymour – CEO

Our Founders.

Lillian & Rick Ekstein

Together We Stand is the creation of Rick and Lillian Ekstein of Thornhill, ON. Proud first-generation Canadians whose families were victims of the Holocaust, the Eksteins are passionate in their belief that Canada is the best country in the world. After a 40 year career in the lumber industry, Rick and Lillian decided it was time to give back to the country that had been so good to them, identifying the Canadian Armed Forces as the most respected industry in Canada. Looking around the military landscape, they quickly realized that while there are a number of respected and successful military focused organizations that exist, none placed any emphasis on the families that remained at home while the active members were in harm’s way. Mothers and fathers, husbands and wives, sons and daughters, sisters and brothers… these families are the strength behind the uniform, keeping things running on the home front, so their loved ones can focus on being effective and efficient in the line of duty.

They are deeply appreciative of the sacrifices that members of the military and their families make daily to preserve the freedoms of Canadians at home and abroad.
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Who We Stand For.

Together We Stand will become the most trusted philanthropic partner of the Canadian Armed Forces Families by ensuring that they are acknowledged and honoured in a way that they have never been before.

Sacrifice.

Sacrifice is exemplified daily by the families of our Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Members, the glue that keeps everything together at home, and the heart of our military.
When Canadian military personnel are called on, it is the family that provides a sense of stability to the serving member by handling all things home related, often in a new city and without any external support. Families experience many of the same fluctuations of military life as our serving members – constantly changing schedules, dropping everything at a moment’s notice and the unfortunate possibility of dealing with life-changing loss and injury that comes with protecting one’s country.

Sacrifice.

Sacrifice is exemplified daily by the families of our Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Members, the glue that keeps everything together at home, and the heart of our military.
When Canadian military personnel are called on, it is the family that provides a sense of stability to the serving member by handling all things home related, often in a new city and without any external support. Families experience many of the same fluctuations of military life as our serving members – constantly changing schedules, dropping everything at a moment’s notice and the unfortunate possibility of dealing with life-changing loss and injury that comes with protecting one’s country.

Ask a Question.

If you have any questions for Together We Stand, do not hesitate to send them our way! Whether you have inquiries about our operations or wanting to get involved, we will be happy to respond as soon as possible.

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