Charlottetown – CA – Individuals passionate about supporting Canadian Veterans now have the opportunity to share their knowledge, expertise, and experiences with the Minister of Veterans Affairs as members of ministerial advisory groups at Veterans Affairs Canada.
The Department is seeking to renew membership with Veterans, Canadians, and stakeholders with diverse backgrounds and experiences. Applicants should be Canadians who want to make a difference on issues relevant to the Veteran community.
“We are grateful for the significant contributions made by current and past advisory group members. We look forward to adding new members to our groups. This will, in turn, add diversity and new perspectives to important discussions to create positive change for our Veterans and their families.”
The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence.
The following six advisory groups are looking for new members:
- Policy: Advises on priority issues associated with policy aspects of existing programs and services, as well as new initiatives and emerging priorities.
- Service Excellence and Transition: Advises on priority issues associated with: transition from military to civilian life; program service delivery; and services and benefits that support the health and well-being of Veterans and their families.
- Mental Health: Advises on priority issues related to mental health among Veterans, notably, suicide prevention, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other operational stress injuries (OSI).
- Care and Support: Advises on priority issues related to the special health needs and continuity of care for Veterans of all ages.
- Families: Advises on priority issues related to Canadian Veterans’ families and support systems.
- Commemoration: Advises on priority issues related to the delivery of departmental commemoration services’ activities, commemoration of recent conflicts, and education.
Diversity and inclusion are core values of the Government of Canada. Therefore, to foster greater equality, diversity, and inclusion, VA will be seeking candidates from all groups. This includes candidates who are members of one or more of the following groups. Black and racialized people, gender diverse people, Indigenous peoples, LGBTQ2+ people, persons with disabilities, and women.
The Ministerial Advisory Groups were created in 2016 to broaden engagement with Veterans and stakeholders. Above all, their purpose is to provide the Minister and VA with advice on issues related to vets and families. (continue reading)