On February 24 The Royal Canadian Legion in partnership with OSI-CAN are bringing members of the Montreal Canadiens Alumni to Estevan. The Alumni will be facing off against members of our community in a full length game.
Local residents will have an opportunity to make up the hometown Bruins team and there are two spots to play with the Canadiens team. And for one person that wants to be close to the team without playing in the game, there is an assistant coaching spot with the alumni.
The proceeds of the event will be going to OSI-CAN which is a joint project of the Canadian Mental Health Association (Saskatchewan Division) and the Royal Canadian Legion (Saskatchewan Command).
Julius Brown with OSI-CAN explained that "OSI-CAN uses a proactive support based approach to operational stress injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. The first support is available in the form of peer support groups where the participants can discuss their experiences with others going through the same thing. The second is our network of service providers that link members with other services necessary for their recovery such as counselling, training, service dogs and more."
The event will help fulfill the Royal Canadian Legion's purpose to support veterans. Legion Vice President and event co-chair Jim Forrest spoke on the goals of the Estevan Legion. "We certainly hope to get support in getting our message out and having people aware that post-traumatic stress disorder and occupational stress injuries are real things and support programs are needed."
The Royal Canadian Legion will not be receiving any of the proceeds and are committed to continually raising funds and awareness for these issues.
VIP and general admission tickets for the game are available at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #60 or at Henders Drugs.