Centre for International and Defence Policy

Centre for International and Defence Policy
Centre for International and Defence Policy

The Gender Dimension of Veteran Reintegration Workshop 2017

International Best Practices and the Way Forward

21 April 2017
Robert Sutherland Hall, Room 202, Queen's University

Workshop Program | April 21, 201

The province of Ontario has been identified as a hub for currently serving Canadian military personnel, as well as for veterans. While the federal government manages a number of services available to current and former military personnel, the province of Ontario has a shared responsibility in ensuring that veterans seeking to live and work in the region are able to access comprehensive transitional support. The transition services which are currently available tend to focus on the general provision of physical and mental rehabilitation services. However, to ensure that military personnel are successful when the re-integrate into civilian life – particularly in a professional context – it necessitates the inclusion of job retraining and professional mentorship for transition initiatives. Moreover, services have a tendency to overlook the differing needs of male and female veterans; as both men and women transition out of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and into civilian life, they are often faced with unique challenges which should be addressed by transition services.

Ultimately, successful transition strategies must consider women’s role in society not only as servicewomen, but as women seeking professional advancement. For this reason, last year's workshop sought to identify challenges in service provisions for female veterans, while providing recommendations to assist service providers aiding transitioning female veterans. Consequently, the purpose of this workshop was two-fold. First, stakeholders from across Canada and the United States were brought together in an effort to bridge the gap between government and non-governmental actors. Second, a mentorship pilot program connected a number of transitioning or recently transitioned female CAF personnel to mentors who have backgrounds in business, academia, service, and the Canadian military, and who had successfully transitioned to civilian life. This workshop was a valuable asset to service providers, government officials, military personnel, academic researchers, and perhaps most importantly, the female veterans in transition.

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