4th Annual Sapper Mountain Bike Weekend

The Sappers weekend is now in its fourth year!!  Founded by a group of retired Sappers (Combat Engineers & Engineers) that wanted to get together, relive past good times and do it in a fun environment.  This event brings together Mountain bike enthusiasts and none riders alike.  Those that don’t mountain bike are still encouraged to join us for the non biking events.

 

The event takes place in Cumberland BC and to register for the event please contact Andrew Luck at andrew.luck@spartanwellness.ca

 

The weekend alternates location every year. Last year it was in Trail BC and this year it is back to Cumberland. The first years were just general education and this year Spartan Wellness will be promoting a BBQ.

 

When: June 19th, 2020 – 10am meet up time Sol Port Street, Cumberland (Register for full address)
What: 4th Annual Sapper Mountain Bike Weekend
Where: Cumberland BC
Who:  Andrew Luck (Organizer)
To register and/or get more info, please contact – andrew.luck@spartanwellness.ca

 

The day begins with a general meet up at Andrews home at 10am and departing around 1030am to begin the ride.  The day will be filled with amazing mountain bike trails, beautiful views, and the tranquility of nature.  When the ride is over there will also be a BBQ sponsored by Spartan Wellness.

Living Mindfully: Promoting Connection and Mental Wellness for the Military Community

Living Mindfully: Promoting Connection and Mental Wellness for the Military Community

Living MindfullyThis series of nine workshops offered by the Southwestern Ontario Military Family Resource Centre – Hamilton Satellite office in partnership with OSISS (Operational Stress Injury Social Support) program have been created to promote connection and education within the military and veteran community. Being open to new experiences and knowledge, can teach participants how to live mindfully and in turn, find that balance between holding on and letting go. Please join us on this journey to move your life forward in a better way.

 

Living Mindfully: Promoting Connection and Mental Wellness for the Military Community has been kindly sponsored by the Royal Canadian Legion.

 

Series # 4 – Education

What: Understanding Medical Cannabis Basics and Awareness

This workshop increases understanding of cannabis, the potential health effects, and “Canada’s Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines” which are designed for harm reduction.
Several clinicians from the DeGroot Pain Clinic will be providing information and a Q&A; as well as Amy Doelman, BA, MPH, Manager from PSP – Health Promotions.

When: Saturday January 18, 2020

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Where: Royal Canadian Legion, Branch # 622
12 King Street East, Stoney Creek, ON

Cost: Free with catered lunch provided

RSVP: Donna Pickering

PROGRAM COORDINATOR, HAMILTON SATELLITE OFFICE
SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO MILITARY FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE
905-972-4000 ext. 6623 — CSN: 625-6623

Donna.Pickering@forces.gc.ca

Who: Eligible participants would include currently serving, retired, medically releasing Canadian Armed Forces members, veterans and their adult military family members.
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Donna Pickering

COORDONNATEUR DE PROGRAMME, BUREAU SATELLITE DE HAMILTON
CENTRE DE RESSOURCES POUR LES FAMILLES DES MILITARES DU SUD-OUEST DE L’ONTARIO
Donna.Pickering@forces.gc.ca<mailto:Donna.Pickering@forces.gc.ca> / TEL: 905-972-4000 X 6623 / CSN: 625-6623

WWW.CAFCONNECTION.CA<http://www.cafconnection.ca/>

If you have a Military Family emergency outside of Military Family Resource Centre office hours, please contact the Military Family Information Line at 1-800-866-4546.

Welcome to 2020

Welcome to 2020

welcome to 2020

Spartan Wellness, our staff, and our volunteers wish you a very Happy New Year and all the best to you and your family in 2020!

Every end marks a new beginning. Keep your spirits and determination unshaken, and you shall always walk the glory road.

With courage, faith and great effort, you shall achieve everything you desire.

Now that 2019 – and the decade – is a wrap, we’re looking forward to a brilliant New Year and all of the promise that it holds for fresh beginnings.

While we’ve made significant progress on our mission to support veterans and first responders, we’re not content to rest. We have plans to continue to grow our network, support Veterans through community involvement and other exciting initiatives, including the launch of a learning network.

The year is already off to an exciting start with the opening of our first physical clinic in Comox BC. Here we look forward to serving the needs of veterans and first responders in their health care and wellness. Patients at this location, and those accessing our services online are now all able to access Canveda products at canveda.ca.

Every seed planted at the Canveda facility was planted by a Canadian Veteran. And now, with Canveda now open for the sale of dried flower, we will be offering all strains at $8.50 to Veterans and the first responder community. Canveda is committed to providing both patients and physicians with consistent, efficacious, high-quality cannabis products and with strict adherence to quality control, safety and reliability is assured.

To switch your prescription to Canveda, email info@spartanwellness.ca or call 1 866-770-8084.

We’re also looking forward to launching our unique Medical Cannabis Learning Network (MCLN) this year! Available through web and mobile portals, the MCLN will provide both physicians and patients with Health Canada approved information, Patients will be able to access online virtual consultations and even order Medical Cannabis online.

There are really so many opportunities to be optimistic about in 2020. But before we wrap it up, let’s take a look back and reflect on all of the goodness of the past year.

Spartan Wellness donated over $30000.00 to charities, not for profits, special events, dinners, sporting events, hockey teams, wheelchair associations, yoga and sound therapy sessions in 2019. But it’s not simply about the amount donated; it’s about the lives of Veterans and the first responder community that we are able to positively impact.

The Highway of Heroes Hockey Game

The Highway of Heroes Hockey Game is centered around Mental Health for Military members, Veterans, First Responders and their family members Spartan Wellness Co-founders Riad Byne, Karam Byne and others were recently at the inaugural game, where they gifted 158 hockey jerseys to the Veteran community.

To affect change sooner than later Spartan Wellness gifted all 158 jerseys to the Highway of Heroes now versus the three years that was originally planned.

A sincere “Thank You” to everyone that came out to the game and all of the organizers that helped make the night a reality. A special thanks to Kerri Lynn the jerseys turned out amazing!!

 

welcome to 2020Emeritus Golf Tour

Emeritus is a Latin word, originally meaning “veteran soldier”. Emeritus Golf is a not-for-profit corporation committed to providing access to the game of golf to serving and retired members of the Canadian Armed Forces, first responders, and their families, in recognition of their selfless service to Canada.

Spartan Wellness donated 7500$ in support of this friendly golf tour dedicated to veterans first responders and RCMP along with their families in helping with recovery and bringing community together through the sport of golf.

welcome to 2020

“Bottom 8” & Comox Valley Wheelchair Basketball Association

Spartan Wellness co-founder and world arm wrestling champ Devon Larratt created an arm wrestling event named the “Bottom 8”.

What originally started as a spoof of the “Top 8” armwrestling production, the “Bottom 8” focussed on many of the great personalities, relatable talent, and investment levels to the sport of armwrestling.

The event brought together other arm wrestlers for an event that raised enough for Spartan Wellness to donate a specialty basketball wheelchair for the Comox Valley Wheelchair Basketball Association; which in turn will be used at the up-coming 2020 Invictus Games in the Hague.

Welcome to 2020Music Healing Veterans

Music Healing Veterans is a dedicated not-for-profit organization of veteran and civilian volunteers with the objective of bringing FREE music instruction, loaner equipment and companionship to our local Military Veterans (Regular or Reserve; All Branches), First Responders (Fire, Police, EMT), Medical (Doctors, Nurses, etc.), Corrections Canada, and Canadian Border Services personnel. 

We believe as much as they do that music therapy is helping Canadian Veterans immensely, so we decided to donate $6000.00 to their mission.! 

 

The Wellness Soldier 4th Annual Veterans Dinner

The Wellness Soldier, a Veteran and chef that helps Veterans learn how to cook with cannabis, hosts an Annual Veterans Dinner. This year was their 4th iteration of the event and gives Veterans a night out filled with a FREE 4 course meal, speakers, raffle prizes and so much more! This was Spartan Wellness’ 3rd time donating and speaking at the dinner.

There has been even more lives affected through our donations to the yoga classes in Comox and Hamilton; and support to the 24 Hours for Hero’s workout and the Canadian Adaptive Snow Sports (CADS) organizations whom both support our veteran, RCMP, first responders, serving and their families through sport and physical activity.

We supported the 4th annual UCCO-SACC-CSN Ontario Region Golf Tournament for PTSD Awareness at the Camden Braes Golf and Country Club and to Camp F.A.C.E.S. (Families and Children of Emergency Services) for efforts in supporting families and children of fallen first responders.

The Soldier On Canada Fundraiser/Charity Golf Tournament Black Bear Ridge Golf Club Belleville, Ontario brought many Veterans together for a day of fun on the golf course.

Not to mention the multiple cannabis expos, collaborations, and helping Veterans lives that helped us close out 2019 on a high note and start 2020 on the right path. We will be working closely with these organizations and individuals in 2020 as well and we wish you a happy new year!!

 

Spartan Wellness

“Great Things Happen Together”

Sound Therapy

Sound Therapy – Helping Veterans w/ Relaxation & Wellbeing

Sound Therapy – Helping Veterans w/ Relaxation & Wellbeing

Sound Therapy

Join Spartan Wellness Co-founder Sean Maher and Dr. Tiffany Hunt for an afternoon of Sound Therapy, A Sound Journey For Tranquility & Emotional Release.

Happening Dec. 4th, 12pm at 186 South Service Road, Stoney Creek, Ontario.  FREE of charge.

Too book your spot, email sean.maher@spartanwellness.ca

For thousands of years sound therapy has been used as a tool to help with healing and relaxation.  Throughout Asia Himalayan singing bowls have been used for prayer and meditation. Now they are being used for many different things including relaxation and wellbeing.

Sound therapy was formally introduced to the UK in 2000 with the establishment of BAST (British Academy of Sound Therapy).  BAST attempts to treat individuals with fertility issues, chronic pain, cancer, stress-related illnesses, IBS, ME, tinnitus, mild depression, anxiety and arthritis.

Canadian Veterans are finding sound therapy is helping with not only physical illness but also to help balance emotions and quiet a busy mind. Following treatment most people felt calm and relaxed and for some this feeling will last for several days following the treatment.

Through a series of relaxing or stimulating sounds – gongs, drums, bells, bowls, tuning forks and the human voice are all used to try to rebalance the body and mind.

Sound healing therapy uses aspects of music to improve your physical and emotional health and well-being. The person being treated partakes in the experience with a trained sound healing practitioner. Sound healing may involve:

  • Listening to Music
  • Singing Along to Music
  • Moving to the Beat of the Music
  • Meditating
  • Playing an Instrument

There are different types of sound therapy, including vibrational sound therapy, which uses special sounds that produce vibrations thought to improve brain waves. Also guided meditation, neurologic music therapy, singing bowl therapy, tuning fork therapy, and brainwave entrainment,

Sound healing is used to treat symptoms of a number of conditions, including:

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Depression
  • Dementia
  • Autism and Learning Difficulties
  • Behavioural and Psychiatric Disorders
  • Cancer

Some of the supposed benefits of sound healing include:

  • Lowers Stress
  • Decreases Mood Swings
  • Lowers Blood Pressure
  • Lowers Cholesterol Levels
  • Teaches Pain Management
  • Lowers Risk for Coronary Artery Disease & Stroke
  • Improves Sleep

Please join us for this free Sound Therapy workshop happening Dec. 4th, 12pm at 186 South Service Road, Stoney Creek, Ontario.  FREE of charge.  Moving forward Spartan Wellness and Dr. Tiffany Hunt will be hosting Sound Therapy events monthly.

Too book your spot, email sean.maher@spartanwellness.ca

 

 

 

 

 

Sources;

  • https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2008/jul/06/healthandwellbeing5
  • https://www.healthline.com/health/sound-healing

Flying with cannabis: What you need to know

Whether a patient yourself, or a family member has their prescription, the issue of travelling with prescribed cannabis is new to everyone at some point.

One of the first things in the process to understanding the laws is to know that these laws only apply domestically within Canada. A patient cannot travel outside of Canada with their medication regardless of what their destination is. Yes, cannabis is legal in many jurisdictions south of our border. No, you may not travel to these locations legally while carrying cannabis. This includes, for instance, a direct flight from Calgary to Denver.

So, what does that mean for you the patient taking a domestic flight with prescribed cannabis? Let’s break it down with the recently changed Transport Canada policies.

  • You do not need to advise anyone prior to your arrival or during security checks -CATSA/CBSA are no longer required to contact police upon notification or discovery of your medication.
  • Carry limits are the same as ACMPR regulations, 30 days supply or 150 grams, whichever is lesser. (I.e. – 90 grams for a 3 gram per day patient) – extracts such as capsules, oils and others are also subject to the carry limits, and should also be stored in original labeled containers.
  • These regulations apply for service flights offered by CAF as they operate under Transport Canada guidelines. (http://www.catsa.gc.ca/medication-and-medical-items)

Now that we, the patients, are all caught up on the recent changes, things are well and good right? Not necessarily.

As with any policy and large organization it takes time to promulgate new information through the ranks. It isn’t the norm, but encounters with airport staff who aren’t aware of changes or even that we are legally allowed to carry our prescription onto a domestic flight can still occur.

What we do when we encounter unknowing airport staff is up to each of us. However, acting like a militant protester, or making a scene probably won’t get you anywhere fast except secondary search bays.

To put it in perspective; if it was our checkpoint or cordon and we weren’t sure on course of action, we would call it in and ask for direction from higher if time permitted. They’re simply people trying to do a job as we are simply people trying to get home to loved ones without undue hassles.

We at Spartan Wellness have flown across this beautiful country with our prescription, before and after these rules, with many veterans and no one has ever been arrested or had anything confiscated as far as we have heard. Relax, provide your documentation, and wait for someone in the know to make the right decision.

As patients who have flown with our medical cannabis, Spartan Wellness strongly suggests always carrying your prescription in your carry-on bag, not your checked luggage. Checked baggage can be inspected by the canine inspection teams, and you can be pulled out of line to explain yourself thereby causing an unnecessary delay.

Education is key in these situations. Know the rules, your rights, and take the time to explain the topics covered here to airport staff and you may just save the next troop a hassle.

Happy travels,

The Spartan Team

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 info@spartanwellness.ca. Alternately, you can call us at 1-877-219-1255.

Spartan Wellness and Precision Compounds

Spartan Wellness is pleased to offer to its clients, Precision Compounds Pain Creams, a safe alternative to the oral ingestion of prescription opioids.

Pain creams administer high concentrations of pain medication directly to the site of pain for targeted relief. A Spartan Wellness specialist will act as a liaison between patients, pharmacists and physicians to create custom formulations designed to meet each patient’s unique needs.

Precision Compounds formulations offer the benefits of precise dosing, personalized treatment, and the combined effect of multiple ingredients working together for optimal pain relief.

All pain formulations are applied topically; they don’t circulate through the entire body. This is powerful pain medication where it is needed, less where it isn’t. Pain creams are less likely to interact with other medications and cause fewer side effects than other pain medications. The risk of dependence and addiction is virtually eliminated.

Precision Compounds Topical Pain Creams are formulated using an anhydrous silicone base designed and proven to effectively deliver pain medication. This type of transdermal base has been tested and proven to deliver up to four drugs simultaneously and to deliver medications more effectively and quickly than other topical bases.

If you are interested in accessing Precision Compounds Topical Pain Creams for your health condition, fill out the Interest Form found at www.spartanwellness.ca or email info@spartanwellness.ca 

Devon Larratt Joins Spartan Wellness

The Spartan Wellness team is proud to announce that Canadian professional arm wrestler, Devon “No Limits” Lariat has come aboard as a volunteer cannabis educator.

Devon is a Veteran of the Canadian Special Forces as well as one of the famous professional arm wrestlers in the world. He currently holds the title of Left and Right-Arm World Armwrestling League (WAL) Heavyweight Champion and Left Arm Arm Wars Super-Heavyweight Champion.

Devon’s primary role at Spartan will be outreach and cannabis education. He firmly believes in medical cannabis as an effective and natural means to relieve chronic pain and a wide variety of other health conditions including PTSD. His knowledge of medical cannabis strains and usage is extensive and he looks forward to sharing what he has learned with Spartan clients who are new to medical cannabis.

For more info on Devon Larratt and his involvement with Spartan Wellness as well as information on how we can help Veterans of the CAF access medical cannabis and a wide variety of other entitlements you may not be aware of, please contact us at info@spartanwellness.ca or call us at 1-855-978-9787