Canadian Walk For Veterans
Kingston Team Lead
Brittany is a Veteran of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. She served nearly 7 years as an infantryman along with her husband, also a Patricia. Following their release from the CAF, Brittany and her husband founded a fitness facility called The Iron King Ltd. in Kingston, ON that provides an environment for persons suffering from service-related PTSD, OSI, Anxiety and Depression. Brittany is the team lead for the Kingston, ON CWFV and is very excited to build on the Inaugural walk she and her team put together last year!
Speakers for the Kingston Walk
Chris Dupee joined the Canadian Forces in 2005 and was posted to the 3rd Battalion Royal Canadian Regiment in Petawawa. He deployed in 2008 to Afghanistan on Task Force 3-08 and served in places such as Kandahar, Sperwan Ghar and Zangabad.
Upon his return home from Afghanistan, Chris was posted to the Queens Own Rifles of Canada in Toronto in a Reserve Service Support roll. It was during this posting that he was diagnosed with PTSD and depression. In 2012 Chris reluctantly made a video about his PTSD which was well received by the veteran community, to his surprise. Before he knew it others were wanting to give their own testimonials, and so, Chris arranged for this to happen; and thus, Military Minds Inc was born.
Military Minds Inc. is a registered not-for-profit that is centred around raising funds and awareness about PTSD, and a resource for programs and PTSD support. Chris retired from the Canadian Forces in 2015. He has since given up the reins of Military Minds Inc., and in 2017 Chris and his wife Angel founded Cadence Health and Wellness; a mental health clinic geared towards Veterans and First Responders. At Cadence Health and Wellness, Chris and Angel work with some of the best councilors in the community to ensure the members get the care they need. Chris has also run a peer support program that takes place weekly for the past 2 years which allows Veterans and First Responders meet and help one another through their trauma.
Chris Power is a Newfoundlander that joined the Canadian Forces in 2001 and received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Politics with a Minor in Military Psychology and Leadership at the Royal Military College of Canada.
During the next 11 years he made 3 trips to Afghanistan (1 Recce and 2 tours), 4 trips to Northern Canada, 3 trips to Kuwait and a trip to Germany, Poland and Ukraine. He deployed to the Panjwa’I District of Kandahar Afghanistan in 2010 as the Officer Commanding of the Police Operational Mentor and Liaison Team (POMLT) In 2013 he deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan in as the Executive Officer to the NATO Training Mission – Afghanistan Deputy Commander – Police (NTM-A, DCOM-P).Then in 2017 Chris was diagnosed with an Operational Stress Injury that resulted in severe Depression and Generalized Anxiety Disorder and was Medically released from the Canadian Forces.
Chris has since retrained as a Certified Professional Coach and has become the Director of Veteran Services at Fortius Health in Toronto, ON. Fortius Health combines service integration and state-of-the-art technology to maximize the effect of physical and mental health treatments to veterans and first responders. Chris has also founded Family for Life, a registered not-for-profit that brings together the veteran and first responder communities as a supportive, encouraging and uplifting family-
Kingston Walk Sponsors
The Singing Soldiers will be presenting at the Kingston Walk
Fighting the Effects and Stigma of Mental Illness (click here to learn more)