OTTAWA (Oct. 31, 2022) – Collins Aerospace today announced a
new collaboration with Soldier On, a program
supporting ill and injured service members and veterans of the Canadian Armed
Forces through physical and creative activity. As part of the $50,000 CAD
two-year commitment, Collins will sponsor a series of races and events (both
in-person and virtual) where Canadian veterans will come together in a spirit of
camaraderie and community.
In September, Soldier On members completed the program’s inaugural
Conquer the Rideau Canal event, sponsored for the first time by Collins.
During the 10-day national event, service members and veterans from across
Canada challenged themselves by canoeing the length of the canal (208
kilometers) from Kingston to Ottawa.
Collins will also sponsor the Soldier On team’s participation in the
2022 Canada Army Run on November 6 in Ottawa. The run is an opportunity for
Canadians to thank Armed Forces service members through a series of races (5K,
10K or half marathon). Collins employees will join the run and support service
members throughout the week by racing virtually and in person.
“We are passionate about supporting our veterans and giving back to our
communities. Our commitment to Soldier On will bring life-changing resources to
help and empower wounded service members, veterans and their families,” said
Louis Brunet, Canada managing director for Collins Aerospace. “Many of our
employees are veterans, so it’s an honor for us to work together with Soldier On
to support and celebrate Canadian service members.”
“Soldier On is the most direct way of inspiring, empowering and enabling the
recovery of Canada’s ill and injured serving members and veterans as they safely
challenge their new normal, rebuild camaraderie and inspire their peers to put
their hands up for support. We are so grateful to Collins Aerospace for their
passionate and generous support. Together, we are changing lives and reminding
Soldier On members that they are not alone,” said Major (retired) Jay Feyko,
National Manager of Soldier On.
With more than 1,300 employees spread across four Canadian locations, Collins
provides a range of key solutions and services to the Canadian Armed Forces and
the Canadian commercial aerospace industry. Through its legacy businesses,
Collins has operated in Canada since 1951.
About Collins Aerospace
Collins Aerospace, a Raytheon Technologies business, is a leader in
technologically advanced and intelligent solutions for the global aerospace and
defense industry. Collins Aerospace has the extensive capabilities,
comprehensive portfolio and broad expertise to solve customers’ toughest
challenges and to meet the demands of a rapidly evolving global market. For more
information, visit CollinsAerospace.com.
About Soldier On
Soldier On is a Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services Personnel Support
Program delivered on behalf of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) through the
Canadian Armed Forces Transition Group. It contributes to the recovery of ill
and injured CAF members and Veterans by providing opportunities and resources
through sport, recreational, and creative activities.