Badge of Life Canada in Partnership with Oscar Kilo

Badge of Life Canada Meeting with Oscar Kilo in York Region

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In an inspiring move towards international collaboration on first responder mental health, Badge of Life Canada’s Executive Director, Laura Kloosterman, recently met with representatives from Oscar Kilo in York. This meeting was a significant step in discussing strategies and sharing best practices for supporting the mental well-being of public safety personnel.

Oscar-KiloBOLC Advisor Brad McKay (left), Executive Director Laura Kloosterman, and Advisor Syd Gravel (right) meeting with members of Oscar Kilo in York Region

Laura Kloosterman, known for her dedication to mental health advocacy, met with the team from Oscar Kilo, the UK’s National Police Wellbeing Service. The goal was to explore synergies and innovative approaches to mental health initiatives that could be adapted for Canadian first responders.

The meeting not only opened doors for potential future collaborations but also highlighted the global importance of mental health support for those in the line of duty. Laura Kloosterman’s engagement with Oscar Kilo is set to bring fresh perspectives and enhanced resources to Canada’s first responders.

This pivotal meeting reinforces Badge of Life Canada’s commitment to pioneering mental health support through international cooperation. As we move forward, the insights gained from our dialogue with Oscar Kilo will help us tailor our programs to better serve and support our public safety personnel.  We look forward to engaging more international partners and invite our community to stay tuned as we continue to develop and expand our mental health initiatives.

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


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