Mission

To honour and support Canada’s ill and injured Canadian Armed Forces members, Veterans, First Responders and their families.

Our Story

On September 18, 2006, a suicide bomber traveling on a bicycle detonated a bomb 30-km west of Kandahar City. This incident killed four Canadian soldiers and injured a number of others – including innocent civilians and children. Amidst this carnage, three seriously wounded Canadian Military Engineers lay wounded and dying.

Across Canada, notification teams were activated in the wee hours of the morning to deliver the news to the Canadian Soldiers families. One such team made its way to the family home of 20-year old Sapper Mike McTeague, a reservist deployed on his first overseas mission. His wounds were serious and life threatening. He and the others were rushed out of Afghanistan and sent to a hospital in Landstuhl, Germany where wounded soldiers received outstanding medical care.

Back in Canada, notification arrived that Mike was in critical condition and there was a real fear that he may not survive as a result of the injuries sustained. Mike’s father was rushed to Mike’s side accompanied by Mike’s Unit Chaplain. Mike’s younger brother and the Assisting Officer joined them the next day.

The trip to Germany was an emotional one as concern for Mike and the family along with the other Canadians grew. While there, the hard work of the dedicated medical staff, and the outstanding care provided to our soldiers, was quickly apparent. That said, it was also clear to see that our troops needed a little more of Canada assist in their recovery. They had little in the way of personal items and electronics to pass the time and, as such, the idea to fill the gap quickly gained the support of all involved. From this experience, Wounded Warriors Canada was founded.

In 2006, the Fund was formally incorporated as The Sapper Mike McTeague Wounded Warrior Fund and original Incorporation and establishment of the funds charitable status was completed. The original intent of the fund was designed to support all Canadian Forces members wounded on operations and to improve the general morale and welfare of the injured soldiers and their families. Care packages were rapidly replaced by the Padre’s Comfort Fund in Landstulh, which until December 2013, directly supported the soldiers and their families during their stay in Germany.

Mike has had a miraculous recovery and regained his mobility. His stays at Sunnybrook Hospital, the esteemed St. John’s Rehab Centre in Toronto, and his ongoing therapy have all played a part in Mike’s recovery. Today, Mike is transitioning to the next phase of his life. Just as Mike has grown healthier, so too has the fund. Since its inception in September 2006, it has become the beneficiary of the nation’s empathy towards Canadian soldiers. The outpouring of support from individual Canadians and Canadian businesses has been overwhelming. Wounded Warriors Canada is a success story borne out of a horrible tragedy that continues to support those in need.

Today, we continue our legacy of care and compassion as the nation’s leading, wholly independent, Veteran’s charity focusing on mental health. Our innovative and wide-ranging programming, which will exceed 1.8M in 2017, is changing the lives of ill and injured Veterans, First Responders and their families. This is only made possible as a result of the compassionate trust and support of individual Canadians and Canadian businesses, enabling us to carry forward our guiding ethos: Honour the Fallen, Help the Living.

Board of Directors

Richard Martin

Richard Martin

Chairman

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Julian Chapman

Vice-Chairman

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The Hon. Dan McTeague

Secretary

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Greg Jackson

Director

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James Lamothe

Director

Peter MacKay

Director

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Management Team

Scott Maxwell

Executive Director

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Philip. C. Ralph

Program Director

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Steve Topham

Steve Topham

Partnerships Director

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Matt Wocks

Director of Communications

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Laurie Sweet

Director of Finance & Administration

Todd McGowan

Todd McGowan

Director of Operations
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National Patron

Roméo A. Dallaire

O.C., C.M.M., G.O.Q, M.S.C., C.D., (Retired), Senator

The Honourable Roméo Dallaire had a distinguished career in the Canadian military, achieving the rank of Lieutenant-General and Assistant Deputy Minister of Human Resources. In 1994, General Dallaire commanded the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR).

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Clinical Advisors

Dr. Tim Black

Dr. Tim Black

National Clinical Advisor

Dr. Tim Black, R. Psych. is an Associate Professor of Counselling Psychology at the University of Victoria who specializes in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Military to Civilian Transition and group counselling approaches.

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Dr. Megan McElheran

Dr. Megan McElheran

Dr. Megan McElheran is a Clinical Psychologist with WGM Psychological Services in Calgary, AB. Dr. McElheran completed graduate training at the Stanford University clinical psychology consortium, during which she obtained specialized training in the treatment of PTSD through the National Center for PTSD in Menlo Park, CA.

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Ambassadors

Chris Linford and Kathryn

WWC National Ambassadors

Lieutenant Colonel (retired) Chris Linford BScN CD and his wife Kathryn have endured over two decades living with PTSD.

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Laura Bruce

WWC Ambassador, Halifax

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Trev Bungay, WWC Ambassador, Fredericton, New Brunswick

Trev Bungay

WWC Ambassador, Fredericton, New Brunswick

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CWO (Ret.) Darcy Elder, WWC Ambassador, National Capital Region, Ontario

CWO (Ret.) Darcy Elder

WWC Ambassador, National Capital Region, Ontario

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Major-General (Ret.) David Fraser

WWC Ambassador, Greater Toronto Area (Toronto), Ontario

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Harry Hall, WWC Ambassador, West Island, Quebec

Harry Hall

WWC Ambassador, West Island, Quebec

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John A.T. Heffernan, CD

WWC Ambassador, Newfoundland & Labrador

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Daniel A Hrechka

Sgt (Retired) Daniel A Hrechka CD

WWC Ambassador, Kingston, Ontario

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Kara Kallenbach

WWC Ambassador, Winnipeg, Manitoba

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Martin Kenneally

WWC Ambassador, Vancouver, BC

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Matt Muzzi - WWC Ambassador, National Capital Region, Ontario

Matt Muzzi

WWC Ambassador, National Capital Region, Ontario

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Tim Syer

WWC Ambassador, Northwest Territories

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Jacqueline Zweng

Jacqueline Zweng

WWC Ambassador, Victoria, BC

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Honour the Fallen, Help the Living