September 23, 2016

UBC & VTN Meet with Minister Harjit Sajjan

UBC Faculty of Education counselling psychology professor Dr. Marla Buchanan, professor emeritus Dr. Marv Westwood, and members of VTN Canada met with Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan in Ottawa last week.

“A privilege to meet with members of the Veterans Transition Network yesterday. VTN provides life-changing resources, connecting Veterans to peers going through the same struggle as them, and with Veterans who have successfully overcome similar difficulties. This sense of community is crucial to overcoming the isolation many of us face after leaving the forces.


November 20, 2015

Veterans Transition Network performs for Prince Harry of Wales


Veterans Transition Network performs for Prince Harry of Wales


On Remembrance Day, Prince Harry visited VTN at the Canadian High Commission in the United Kingdom. Throughout the month of November, a Canadian initiative called “The Veterans Transition Program (VTP)” was showcased at the Canadian High Commission. It included a Veterans Tribute Pole, the lestweforgetCANADA mural and a theatre piece entitled “CONTACT! Unload” created by Veterans, academics, and artists to bring attention to the challenges some Veterans and their families face when returning from conflict.


The VTP is a group-based course developed to help men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces who have difficulties with the transition to civilian life and are vulnerable to depression, post-traumatic stress, and/or substance abuse. Almost 600 Veterans have been helped through their life transition periods, reconnected emotionally with their families and spouses, and settled into new careers. VTP veterans work co-operatively in groups facilitated by specially trained counselling psychologists and graduate Veterans.



Dr. Marvin Westwood, Dr. Marla Buchanan, and Dean Blye Frank visit the Canadian High Commission in the UK to promote the Veterans Transition Network performance of “Contact! Unload”.