Veterans Emergency Transition Services BC

By Matthew Canzer
Categories: Firm News

When he’s not practicing law, Pushor Mitchell LLP Associate Matt Canzer is working to address the issue of homelessness amongst Canadian Veterans. Disturbed by media reports of suicides and declining community support available, Matt reached out to Veterans Emergency Transition Services (www.vetscanada.org) and agreed to help establish a provincial team in British Columbia. He now serves as the Provincial Team Leader for BC.

VETS Canada is a national, apolitical non-profit organization dedicated to ending Veterans’ homelessness through crisis intervention and peer support. Volunteers are available around the clock, every day, to respond to calls for assistance through a national hotline (1-888-228-3871). Limited funds are made immediately available for necessities like food, shelter and clothes. The Veteran is then connected with a volunteer Veteran in their community to assist them in navigating existing programs and services and to secure stable, sustainable housing. Through direct, continued communication and support VETS Canada works to ensure that those who defend our home are never without one of their own.

In its first year of operation the BC Provincial Team has already assisted a number of Veterans from large centers like Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside to small rural communities in the Okanagan, and everything in between. Sometimes, large measures are needed to give a Veteran in crisis the space needed to turn things around. Other times, small measures are sufficient to keep a Veteran from being displaced from their home in the first place. Each case is unique, and VETS Canada’s model allows for a flexible, tailored response.

Pushor Mitchell LLP is proud to support several community initiatives such as VETS Canada. We extend congratulations to the BC Provincial Team for its successes to date. Way to go!

If you are a current or former military or RCMP Member interested in volunteering with VETS Canada, contact Matt at matthewcanzer.bc@vetscanada.org.