Spartan Wellness Proud Sponsor of Mississippi Thunder Kings (MTK)

Spartan Wellness is thrilled to sponsor the Mississippi Thunder Kings (MTK) Minor Bantam Team for their 2017 season.

The Mississippi Thunder Kings hosts a competitive program for Tier 3 – B level with players from Almonte Pakenham Minor Hockey Association and Carleton Place Minor Hockey Association. The MTK name is a combination of the APMHA Thunder and the CPMHA Kings.

The Spartan Wellness crew looks forward to making it out to see the MTK in action and cheering them on over the course of a busy season.

For a full schedule of tournaments in which the MTK Minor Bantam Team will be competing, click here.

 

Become a member of Team Canada!/Joignez-vous à l’Équipe Canada!

The Invictus Games Sydney 2018 will bring together more than 500 competitors from 18 nations to compete in the following sports: archery, athletics, golf (to be confirmed), powerlifting, indoor rowing, road cycling, sailing, sitting volleyball, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair tennis (to be confirmed).

The purpose of the Invictus Games is to harness the power of sport to inspire recovery and support the rehabilitation of the competitors, who in turn inspire countless others with their demonstration of determination and resilience.

Team Canada will be led and managed by Soldier On, in partnership with the True Patriot Love Foundation.  The first step in the nomination and selection process for Team Canada 2018 is for you to complete and submit the nomination form no later than 15 December 2017.

Click here to Apply for Team Canada!

https://www.soldieron.ca/Get-Support/Activities-and-Events/Invictus-Games-Sydney-2018

For more information about the Invictus Games Sydney 2018, click here:

http://www.invictusgames2018.org/

 

Joignez-vous à l’Équipe Canada!

Les Jeux Invictus Sydney 2018 rassembleront plus de 500 compétiteurs de 18 nations pour participer aux sports suivants: tir à l’arc, athlétisme, golf (à confirmer), dynamophilie, aviron intérieur, cyclisme, voile, volleyball assis, basketball en fauteuil roulant, rugby en fauteuil roulant et tennis en fauteuil roulant (à confirmer).

Les Jeux mettent à profit le pouvoir du sport pour inspirer le rétablissement, soutenir la réadaptation, tout en inspirant d’autres par leur courage, leur persévérance et leurs aptitudes athlétiques.

L’Équipe Canada sera dirigée par le programme Sans Limites en collaboration avec la Fondation La Patrie (True Patriot Love). La première étape du processus de nomination est de compléter et soumettre le formulaire au plus tard le 15 décembre 2017.

Cliquez ici pour vous inscrire à l’Équipe Canada:

https://www.sans-limites.ca/Get-Support/Activities-and-Events/Invictus-Games-Sydney-2018

Pour plus de renseignements à propos des Jeux Invictus Sydney 2018, cliquez ici (anglais seulement) :

http://www.invictusgames2018.org/

Helping the Helpers

Spartan Wellness is pleased to announce its participation in Helping the Helpers, a day-long event taking place on Oct.28 at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. This informative event will focus on coping and dealing with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and feature talks from local professionals, including doctors, paramedics, police,  and physiologists.

Among those speaking at the event is renowned psychiatrist and Spartan Wellness specialist, Dr. Celeste Thirlwell, who will talk about Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and medical cannabis as a treatment for PTSD symptoms. Dr. Thirlwell has helped dozens of Canadian Veterans and Spartan Wellness clients, all of whom have experienced positive outcomes as a result of her unique therapeutic approach.

Spartan Wellness will be the only clinic represented at the event. Spartan team members will be on hand to offer information about health and wellness treatments and programs available through Spartan Wellness for the treatment of PTSD

Registration is $20 or $30 including lunch at Morrison Hall. To register, please email t.snow-keeling@hotmail.com, michelle.mac2006@hotmail.com, or phone 902-623-1473 or 902-318-5959.

If you or a loved one suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and would like information on treatment programs available through Spartan Wellness, please call us at 1-877-219-1255, email info@spartanwellness.ca or complete an Interest Form found here.

10 Things I Wish I Knew Coming Out of the Forces

Transitioning out of the Forces into civilian life can be emotionally and financially challenging for anyone. In order to make that change as smooth as possible, we asked Spartan Wellness co-founder, Riad Byne, to list his top 10 of what he wished he knew coming out of the Forces. In his own words, here is Riad’s top ten.

I wish I knew…

1. What financial entitlements were available to me, as well as the array of other services I could access.

2. To be financially prepared for a gap between receiving my military pay and receiving severance and pension income. The timelines can be much longer then indicated when going through the release process

3. SISSIP is not the final financial support available; it is only a 2- year interim solution designed to be a stop-gap between release and either employment or VAC entitlements. Not all services advertised are easily attainable by all members. Due to the backlog of applications and the administrative requirements, it took a lot of time and patience to complete all forms.

4. My new income was not always adequately taxed at source. Don’t wait till you file your tax return to make up the difference. Ask to have more taxes taken off from your income sources so there are no big surprises.

5. That I would actively have to find new health care providers (doctor, dentist etc) and deal with the fact that I would have to go into all of my physical and mental health history with new people. I found myself going to walk in clinics and it became very difficult getting the help I needed while becoming very frustrated. Take the time to research and find the resources before you get out.

6. After I left, the regimental family, including friends, co-workers and their families, continued with their work. This sometimes meant that I lost touch with individuals and felt a loss of association with my former unit. You lose a sense of purpose and belonging. Find things and hobbies to fill the void, promoting you to get out and exercise your body and mind within your new normal.

7. There are few “fully transferable” trades that equate to good paying jobs on civie street. Despite years of training and experience, expect a pay cut if you’re staying in your field. As good as our pay seemed at the time, there are expenses that occur that you may not be used to, thereby making your new civilian pay seem even less. Plan for this and look to upgrade your education and skill sets. Use the resources to their full advantage.

8. There are many resources available to assist in transition, but you must self-advocate and request those services. Education and/or an experienced 3rd party advocate is key in this area.

9. Adjusting my personal and household spending habits to align with being paid once a month. It was a huge adjustment and can really put things back if not prepared. Be proactive.

10. Include your family in the transition. I tried going it alone and with so much involved it became overwhelming quickly. Having an extra set of eyes and ears is best.

It takes time to find your new normal. Do not be in a rush to get busy. Take the time to find out what you can and can not do and work within that. If you set too lofty expectations for your self it will prove to be difficult and potentially set you back if you cannot meet them. Always try and stay positive and think of positive solutions and, most importantly, remember; you served your country and you deserve the best you… don’t sell yourself short and take the time to heal and find wellness and life balance. A healthy you allows you to help others achieve health as well! 🙂

If you are transitioning out of the Canadian Military and need help accessing your VAC entitlements or require guidance, please email Spartan Wellness at info@spartanwellness.ca, call us at 1-877-219-1255 or fill out the Registration Form found here