The Wellness Soldiers Veterans DinnerThe Wellness Soldier's Veterans Dinner

Well, after a day or two of rest and decompression I am finally getting to the post about The Wellness Soldiers Veterans Dinner.  It was a roaring success, and I couldn’t be more happier.  Everyone in attendance had a good time, there was lots of laughing, talking, and interacting going on.

The Wellness Soldiers Veterans Dinner

The Wellness Soldiers Veterans Dinner

The Wellness Soldiers Veterans Dinner

I was so nervous and anxious going into the dinner, “Is anyone coming?”, “Was this all a pipe dream?”, “At least I hope my mom is coming” lol .  All of these things were going through my head, and I was still determined to see it through to the end.

“I was not letting my OSI stop me from helping others”

The Wellness Soldiers Veterans Dinner
My Mom Came…phew lol

People started coming through the door, and I could see some apprehension on their faces too.  After all, all our guests did was respond to me by email saying they wanted to come.  I had a great time meeting everyone as they came in.  I got to hear so many great stories, one couple drove down from Kingston after just finding out about it the day before.

Another couple said that they hadn’t been out of the house that late at night in a long time, and they stayed the whole night with smiles the whole time.  Some of the guests were guests sent on behalf of the companies that purchased tickets for The Wellness Soldiers Veterans Dinner.

The Wellness Soldiers Veterans Dinner

There were guests arriving with their children, and guests that just hadn’t had the whole family of six around the dinner table in a long time.  Guests arriving from Carleton Place, Orleans, Kanata, and Gatineau.

We had Karen McCrimmon, a Canadian Veteran and the Member of Parliament from Kanata – Carleton, which is my riding.  She was an early supporter of the dinner, buying a ticket for a veteran to attend during her political race.  AND then also shows up to the dinner to help welcome guests as they arrived to The Wellness Soldiers Veterans Dinner.  AMAZING!!

The Wellness Soldiers Veterans Dinner

I was so relieved by the time 7pm rolled around and there was our section of the restaurant filled up and we were needing to pile into the other side of the restaurant.  The Wellness Soldiers Veterans Dinner was underway, and now it was time for me to get up and talk to our guests.

I was actually quite at ease now…it wasn’t a failure.  I started by thanking everyone for coming to The Wellness Soldiers Veterans Dinner and told them what The Wellness Soldier’s Mission is and how I want to help all of us.  It would have been better if I researched the microphone situation a little deeper before hand…but hey I got to yell a little bit.  But they all heard me say “Now bring out the soup!”

The Wellness Soldiers Veterans Dinner

We had Trev Bungay from Trauma Healing Centers giving presentations during the break between soup and main course.  Along with him at The Wellness Soldiers Veterans Dinner were the Ontario office managers of Trauma Healing Centers to help answer any questions that guests may have had about Trauma Healing Centers.

The Wellness Soldiers Veterans Dinner

We were even lucky enough to have Philippe Lucas join us for The Wellness Soldiers Veterans Dinner.  Philippe is VP, Patient Advocacy at  Tilray and the interim executive director of the Canadian Medical Cannabis Council (CMCC).  The Wellness Soldier is also the Vice Chair and Veterans Representative on the Patient Advisory Committee of the CMCC.  Philippe gave a talk to the guests about the PTSD study,  in conjunction with the University of British Columbia and Tilray.

The Wellness Soldiers Veterans Dinner

The main course for The Wellness Soldiers Veterans Dinner was Flank Steak w/ Walnut Pesto, Roasted Potatoes and Root Vegetables.  The whole meal was created by Chef Justin Scott and served by the Barley Mow crew.

The Wellness Soldiers Veterans Dinner

The Wellness Soldiers Veterans Dinner

After all the eating was over with we had prizes at The Wellness Soldiers Veterans Dinner!!

The Wellness Soldiers Veterans Dinner
Wayne winning the Tremblant Condo
The Wellness Soldiers Veterans Dinner
Chris Winning the Peace Naturals Package
The Wellness Soldiers Veterans Dinner
Louis winning “Unflinching” by Jody Mitic

Thank You to everyone that came out!!

The Wellness Soldier

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The Wellness Soldiers Veterans Dinner
  • This is a fabulous concept. More cities and businesses should be involved. Especially since we are closer to November 11th.

  • The Wellness Soldier

    Thank you for the kind words and support….I also agree with you 😀

  • Charlene Lindsay

    Cody’s Mom did show up and actually stayed until 9pm! Big deal as I am one of those that haven’t been out of the house in the evening for a few years. Lovely evening. Congratulations Cody!!

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