162 SQUARES OF SILENCE

LEST WE FORGET CANADA! IS A MURAL MADE UP OF 162 PANELS – EACH ONE HONOURING A FALLEN CANADIAN IN AFGHANISTAN AND EXPRESSING THE GRIEF AND SUFFERING OF HIS/HER FAMILY. MADE FROM THE PAGES OF OLD MILITARY TRAINING PAMPHLETS, EACH OF THE CANVASES ARE AVAILABLE TO BE SPONSORED BY ANYONE WISHING TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING OF OUR VETERANS.

NEVER ALONE

IT BEGAN WITH THE HELP OF VOLUNTEER VETERANS, FRIENDS, FAMILY, AND NEIGHBOURS, AND HAS EVOLVED INTO A FUNDRAISER FOR THE VETERANS TRANSITION NETWORK (VTN).
HEADED UP BY TIM LAIDLER, THE VTN HELPS VETERANS DEALING WITH POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER, DEPRESSION, AND THE INABILITY TO FEEL CONNECTED TO THE CIVILIAN WORLD. WITHOUT ACCESS TO SPECIALIZED TRANSITION PROGRAMS LIKE THIS, MANY VETERANS ARE LEFT SUFFERING IN SILENCE AND ISOLATION.

THE ARTIST

THE PROJECT IS THE BRAINCHILD OF LOCAL BUSINESSMAN AND MULTIMEDIA ARTIST, FOSTER EASTMAN, WHO MADE HIS DEBUT LAST SUMMER WITH AN EXHIBITION CENTRED AROUND MAO AND THE CULTURAL REVOLUTION.

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THE CAUSE

THE VETERANS TRANSITION NETWORK (VTN) IS A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION DEDICATED TO RUNNING PROGRAMS FOR VETERANS IN TRANSITION, TEACHING THE NECESSARY SKILLS TO LEARN HOW TO ADAPT AND THRIVE IN A CIVILIAN WORLD. THROUGH THE VTN, NEARLY 500 VETERANS HAVE NOT ONLY BEEN ABLE TO MOVE INTO PRODUCTIVE, NEW CAREER PATHS, BUT ALSO TO RECONNECT EMOTIONALLY WITH THEIR FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES.

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