Spartan Wellness Announces Donation to Soldier On

“Soldier On Changed My Life.”

Five simple words that we have heard from many veterans. For those that are unfamiliar with the work that Soldier On does, we can personally comment on what an amazing organization they are. In a nutshell, Soldier On provides financial assistance to veterans so they can have access to sports as a form of therapy and ultimately find an activity where we can thrive. The unfortunate reality is that there are many Canadian veterans who are ill, injured and suffering with little to no support.

Thanks to donations and support from Canadians, Soldier On is bringing veterans to a place of acceptance, and on their way to enjoying their new normal.  Over 3,500 serving members and veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces have overcome their physical or mental health illness or injury through sport and other physically challenging activities as a direct result of the services provided by Soldier On.

Jean-Claude (JC) Migneault, a volunteer with Spartan Wellness, is one of the veterans who’ve been able to succeed from Solider On’s services.

“I did the National Golf Camp a few years ago, and that got me back into golf. It gave me a reason to get out of the house and interact with people when I would normally rather not,” said JC.“I had the privilege of going to Scotland with Soldier On, and it was a trip that changed my life. I have been able to not only continue with golf, but I have been able to get [in contact with] friends that were in the same position I was in many years ago, and help them get out of the house and start enjoying life.”

Nine of Spartan Wellness’s founding members give credit to Soldier On for bringing them from a place where they needed the most help to now being able to help others who have made sacrifices for our country.

Spartan Wellness’s co-founder and CEO, Riad Byne, had his life change after being introduced to Solider On. “Soldier On helped me understand my new normal and because of that we are here today giving back to the same organization that saved my life and many others both serving and those who have served.”

It is with a great deal of pleasure that we are personally inviting all to attend the Inaugural Spartan Wellness/Soldier On donation cheque presentation on Parliament Hill at the Canada 150 Rink on Friday December 15th at 5:15 p.m.

Our cheque presentation will be held immediately following the exciting annual Ottawa Senators Alumni vs. Soldier On hockey game (which starts at 4:00 p.m.), and will be attended by contributor & CFL Alumni Michael Collymore, as well as other generous organizations who have made our donation possible.

We here at Spartan Wellness look forward to not only paying it forward with Soldier On by way of our donation, but we look forward to seeing as many of you there to cheer with us as“Great Things Happen Together”.

Thanks for reading.

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!

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


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:

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

Spartan Wellness and The Invictus Games 2017

From Sept 23- 30, Toronto will play host to The Invictus Games in which 550 competitors from 17 nations will compete in a series of adaptive sports matches such as wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, track & field and golf. Able bodied and disabled Veterans will compete side by side on the same teams, representing their nations in an event which celebrates and honours Veterans and their ability to overcome severe mental and physical health conditions.

Several Spartan Wellness employees and patients will be participating in this year’s Invictus Games. Among them are Spartan Wellness employee Jean-Claude Migneault in golf and indoor rowing, Spartan Wellness patient Tracy Cooney in cycling, wheel chair basketball and rowing, Spartan Wellness patient Wayne Jerrett in golf and swimming and Spartan Wellness patient, Steven Roach, who will caddy for Jerrett.

Spartan Wellness CEO and Co-Founder, Riad Byne played on Team Canada’s Golf team at last year’s Invictus Games in Orlando, Florida.  Here he is below pictured with Prince Harry of Wales in a team photo.

For more information on The Invictus Games including a complete event calendar and how to buy tickets, click here

If you are a Veteran of the Canadian Forces looking for help accessing medical cannabis and/or a wide variety of other VAC entitlements, please fill out the Registration Form on the website or email Alternately, you can call us at 1-877-219-1255.