Wounded Warriors Canada’s mission is to honour and support Canada’s ill and injured Canadian Armed Forces members, Veterans, First Responders, and their families.
They do this through donations and a host of programs to benefit the physical and mental health of their clients and their families.
Two of the most popular annual events are the Highway of Heroes Bike Ride and the Battlefield Bike Ride. The Macdonald-Cartier Freeway, better known as Highway 401, from Trenton to Toronto, was renamed the Highway of Heroes. This is the route that the remains of soldiers being repatriated followed from CFB Trenton to the Coroner’s office in Toronto. Citizens rallied and paid respects to the returning fallen soldiers, by lining roadways and overpasses, often displaying Canadian flags. The Wounded Warriors Canada Highway of Heroes Bike Ride (held every August) takes a group of Canadians along this sacred stretch of highway to raise funds and awareness in support of those living with operational stress injuries like Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The riders will carry forward our charity’s mission to Honour the Fallen and Help the Living – connecting with Ontarian’s along the way as we bring community’s back to the bridges in support of our ill and injured Canadian Armed Forces members, Veterans, First Responders and their families.
The Battlefield Bike Ride takes a group of cyclists to battlefields in Europe commemorate those soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice. In September 1993, Canadian soldiers experienced their most intense firefight since the Korean War. The soldiers of 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry were subjected to heavy machine gun, artillery, and small arms fire in the Medak Pocket of Croatia. Canadian soldiers would remain in the Balkans until 2005 and would continue to experience the horrors of civil conflict. Despite the challenges, Canadians acted with honour, courage, compassion, and bravery.
BBR18 will commemorate the 25th Anniversary of Medak Pocket, honouring the service and sacrifice of those brave Canadians who fought there; the 23 Canadians who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the Balkans; and the thousands who were forever changed with the physical and mental scars of the conflict. One of the unique and very special aspects of BBR18 is that the cyclists will have the privilege of riding with Veterans who served in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia.
As a Realtor, I believe in giving back to the communities in which I live and work. After each transaction I donate a portion of my service fee to a non-profit community organization. My next donation will be going to Wounded Warriors Canada. https://woundedwarriors.ca/
– Chip Barkel, MCNE, SRES, REDM, Toronto Real Estate. Extraordinary Service. Top Results.