Here is a message from SDSG MP Guy Lauzon: Our country owes a great debt of gratitude to the men and women who have served in our military. Each and every Canadian knows this. One just has to attend a Remembrance Day ceremony or any other event to honour Veterans to see how much they are appreciated. Young and some not so young admirers hold our Veterans in high esteem, and we should. Many Veterans have put their lives on the line to protect us, in war and in peace time.
Each year between 4,000 and 5,000 Canadian Armed Forces members leave the military. They have given everything to their country and now must transition to civilian life. This can often be a challenge. One of the biggest obstacles a Veteran must overcome is finding employment. Our Government is seeking to enhance opportunities for transitioning Veterans to join the civilian workforce.
We would like to encourage employers to offer employment to qualified Veterans. Former members of the Canadian Armed Forces make excellent employees because they are world class leaders; they manage well, are results driven, and are of the highest level of integrity. Further, they are great team players, are respectful of their peers and are used to performing under pressure with tight schedules and limited resources.
Their experiences in the Canadian Forces have taught them to have a quick learning curve enabling them to quickly learn new concepts. They usually are tech savvy and are aware of health and safety standards. Most importantly, they are used to overcoming adversity and working in challenging situations.
Our Government recently launched a Hire a Veteran initiative to help those leaving the military to transition to the civilian workforce. If you or someone you know can help by hiring a Veteran in the next twelve months please contact my office for more details.
Guy Lauzon – Member of Parliament
621 Pitt Street