ESSEX-WINDSOR EMS, LASALLE POLICE & FIRE SERVICES AND THE CANADIAN MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION PARTNERS WITH WOUNDED WARRIORS CANADA

Pickering, ON – Wounded Warriors Canada is proud to announce a new partnership with Essex-Windsor Emergency Medical Services (EMS), LaSalle Police & Fire Services are partnering with Wounded Warriors Canada (WWC) to provide first responders access to innovative programs promoting mental wellness.

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA-WECB) of Windsor and Essex County is also partnering with WWC to share training opportunities and resources, improving access for those in need.

Essex-Windsor EMS was the first EMS service in Canada to support the organization’s red epaulette campaign, which raises funding and awareness about the mental wellness issues first responders confront. Today, the LaSalle Police Service and the LaSalle Fire Service are also proud to announce they are partnering with Wounded Warriors Canada and are joining the red epaulette campaign. The campaign sees first responders wear the distinctive epaulettes on their shoulders every Friday and on special occasions.

“This promises to be a powerful and productive partnership that will provide our paramedics with the support they need. Kudos to Essex-Windsor EMS and the LaSalle fire & police services for embracing this progressive partnership, ” commented Essex Warden Gary McNamara.

“The Town of LaSalle is proud to partner with Wounded Warriors and proud of our first responders who deserve access to timely and innovative mental wellness programs,” commented LaSalle Deputy Mayor Crystal Meloche.

“The more services and programs our paramedics can access the better. From group therapy to individual counselling to animal assisted therapy for PTSD, Wounded Warriors offers a variety of programs that can provide great benefit to our paramedics and their families,” commented Essex-Windsor EMS Chief Bruce Krauter.

“We’re all in this together. This partnership recognizes the fact that no one service, association or government agency can work effectively in isolation when providing mental health support to first responders. It needs to be a team effort,” commented Scott Maxwell, Executive Director of Wounded Warriors Canada

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