Badge of Life Canada Executive Director Laura Kloosterman was invited and attended the second annual Thunder Bay Correctional Services Family Day. The event provided an opportunity for staff members and their loved ones to come together, connect, and learn about available resources. She used the opportunity to discuss the work performed by Badge of Life Canada, as well as Mental Health for Canadian Public Safety Personnel in general. It was a positive day of networking and collaboration with our friends in the Thunder Bay area.
Executive Director Laura Kloosterman representing Badge of Life Canada
Left: Laura & Bryan (Organizer) – Right: Laura & Batman
Left: Part of the crowd – Right: One of 2 jumping castles
Executive Director Kloosterman also had the opportunity to meet and greet the staff members and their families. This was the second annual event and the turnout and weather were fantastic. The purpose of the event was to have fun, get everyone together outside of the workplace while creating awareness of Operational Stress Injuries and provide information on mental health supports. The event included the staff and families of the Thunder Bay Correctional Centre, Thunder Bay Probation & Parole, as well as the Thunder Bay jail.
Canadian Public Safety personnel and their families are never on this journey alone. Organizations like Badge of Life Canada are here to be a part of that journey with a pro-active approach to mental wellness. We need to continue the dialogue in order to transform the culture. We are always open to positive comments and suggestions. You can reach us on our website at BadgeofLifeCanada.org.
HOPE – GROWTH – RECOVERY