The Wounded Warriors Canada Foundation is $125,000 richer, thanks to a Bruce Power sponsored Gala fundraiser.
Hundreds of Bruce Power employees and supplier organizations, along with political dignataries from the region were on hand for the event November 7th at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine.
Special speaker was 1st Battalion Royal Canadian Regiment, sniper Jody Mitic of Ottawa, where he now is an elected councillor.
While serving hie 3rd tour in Afghanistan, Mitic stepped on a land mine and lost both legs below the knees.
Mitic's message to the gathering, although simple in words, he admits is sometimes difficult to practice.
He says, "Try not to let the knocks in life get you down. Everyone can heal and everyone can find a way to live their new normal."
Mitic is a role model for that mantra having overcome the loss of his two legs but with the help of prosthetics, went on to run in a half-marathon.
He was also a contestant on the Canadian TV show, The Amazing Race Canada, where he and his brother finished second.
Mitic has been quoted as saying if he couldn't be the best sniper, after his injury, that he will strive to be the best advocate he can for the wounded or any amputees.
He says the Canadian armed forces is one of the best in the world and he hopes that Canadians will stand up and be counted when it comes to telling the government budget cuts to the forces shouldn't happen.
As you would expect, with Mitic and his wife coming from military families, they along with their two daughters will be heading to Remembrance Day ceremonies this Saturday.
He calls it, "A family affair."
Mitic has written several books including "Unflinching: The Making of a Canadian Sniper."
His latest though is "Everyday Heroes," a series of inspirational stories of men and women serving in the Canadian forces, past and present.
Bruce Power purchased 200 of the books to give out at the Gala.
President & CEO Rencheck says, "We support our veterans and first responders," and raising funds for the Warriors Foundation is just a "Small way we can show our gratitude for their service."
Wounded Warriors Canada is a non-profit organization that assists Canadian Forces members who have been wounded or injured in their service to Canada.
The foundation provides assistance to transition the soldiers back to civilian life.
The organization’s primary focus is on mental health and learning to cope with the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder.