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.
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”
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.
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!!
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!”
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.
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 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.
After all the eating was over with we had prizes at The Wellness Soldiers Veterans Dinner!!
- A Two Night Stay in Mont Tremblant Village – courtesy of Jeff Mziray of Ottawa’s Condos
- A Peace Naturals Whole Foods Package – courtesy of The Peace Naturals Project
- A copy of Jody Mitic’s book “Unflinching” – courtesy of Trauma Healing Centers
Thank You to everyone that came out!!
The Wellness Soldier