Burlington's Canes for Veterans presentation made at Toronto Invictus Games 2017
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Members of the Burlington Sculptors and Woodcarvers Guild have handcrafted eight canes for the Toronto Invictus Games, which officially kicked off last week.
The canes are part of a Canes for Veterans initiative the Burlington guild launched in 2015.
Since its start, 55 canes have been presented to veterans — it takes approximately five hours to handcraft each cane.
A presentation was made as Team Canada – Invictus – Équipe Canada was welcomed to the Invictus Games 2017 in downtown Toronto on Sept. 21.
The Invictus Games, which is an international adaptive event for active and veteran service men and women who are wounded, injured or sick, go until Sept. 30.
This is the first time the event is being hosted in Canada and it will feature more than 550 competitors from 17 countries participating in 12 different sports across Toronto.
Burling MPP and Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Eleanor McMahon joined guild member Ken Maitland and Art Gallery of Burlington CEO Robert Steven to present canes to Team Canada co-captains Maj. Simon Mailloux and retired Master Cpl. Natacha Dupuis, and Chef de Mission, Brig.-Gen. Mark Misener.
Britain’s Prince Harry, who founded the Games in 2014 as a way to inspire and motivate wounded soldiers in their recovery, will also be getting a cane, as well as: Invictus Games chairperson Sir Keith Mills; the committee overlooking plans for the Sydney Invictus Games 2018; retired Lt.-Col David Quick, who, after two decades of active-duty military service, now has a MBA and works in financial project management and corporate leadership; and Canada’s Chief of Defence Gen. Jonathan Vance.
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