The Board

Cindy Weir Handler & PLF K9 Gracie xo

Cindy Weir is a proud Veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces.  She served with the UN Forces in the Golan Heights, with the Coalition Forces in Gulf War 1 and on various domestic operations at home.

While still in the military, she first noticed various symptoms that went undiagnosed and after Cindy left the Military, she experienced numerous and worsening physical and mental health issues.  Eventually she was diagnosed with MS and PTS, both traced back to her service career.

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Lieutenant Colonel (ret’d) John van der Laan

Lieutenant-Colonel (ret’d) John van der Laan entered the Canadian Forces under the Regular Officer Training Plan after graduating from Loyalist College of Applied Arts and Technology as an Electronic Engineering Technologist. He attended both Royal Roads Military College and Royal Military College of Canada, graduating in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in Engineering. 

He is a graduate of the US Air Command and Staff College and the University of North Dakota with a master’s degree in Space Studies. 

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Liz Gendreau

Director Liz Gendreau brings with her a vast amount of Board experience to our organization. She has held the position of President of the Philipsburg Legion Br 82 in Quebec for the past 7 years. Liz takes great pride knowing that with the help of her Executive Team, they have been able to reestablish ties within the community, and more importantly within the Veteran community both in Philipsburg and the surrounding areas.

Liz is also a member of the Board of One Veterans Society, a member of the Breakfast Club of Canada, Team Lead for the Canadian Walk for Veterans in Quebec and Team Lead for Flags of Remembrance in Quebec. Read More

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