This past June, Colborne’s Forces, a community program launched by Calgary Flames forward Joe Colborne in November 2014, produced its first Benefit Concert to support Alberta veterans. Portions of the money raised went to benefit the unique needs of past members of Canada’s Armed Forces and to support military museums around the province. This is not the first time Colborne has shown support for our troops, and is known to purchase season tickets for members to attend every Flames’ home game, and ensures they get a chance to meet the team afterwards.
“I have always had a deep respect for the work that the Canadian Armed Forces do to protect our country and I am humbled to be able to give back to them through this program, Colborne’s Forces. They sacrifice so much for our freedom and I can’t thank them enough for their honour and commitment to our country” – Joe Colborne
A portion of the funds raised went to support The Madison, a 15 unit apartment building in the Beltline District of Calgary. Owned by the Calgary Community Land Trust, the Madison is operated by Alpha House Society Calgary through program funding from the Calgary Homeless Foundation. The Madison provides formerly homeless veterans receive housing and support 24/7 and an opportunity to reclaim their lives, dignity and respect after homelessness.
On August 23, the Calgary Homeless Foundation gratefully received a cheque for $2,500 from Joe Colborne on behalf of Colborne’s Forces for the benefit of The Madison and its residents.
Thank you to Joe Colborne and Colborne’s Forces, volunteers, planners and supporters who came together to make this event possible, and for ultimately helping Calgary veterans find a life beyond homelessness.