Purpose After Service through Sport
Weekly Ball Hockey for Current and Former Members of the Military
What is it?
PASS is an initiative that brings together veterans and currently serving members of the Canadian military. It provides an opportunity to improve health and fitness, socially connect and network for military and civilian work needs, and blow off some steam in a (semi) competitive environment.
Physical and mental health
Be active and connect for physical and mental health.
A sense of camaraderie
Experience a sense of community by connecting with other veterans.
Network with veterans
Discover work opportunities through Veterans working in the civilian workforce.
Learn about support services
Learn about available support services and programs.
What Participants Have Said About PASS.
“I thought it was great, I thought it was awesome. Just being with a bunch of people with… life experiences. I’d left the military and noticed that you don’t really quite fit in right with civilian life. So being with a group of Veterans, you know, it was very helpful. And playing hockey… it’s just the best sport ever.”
“You can relate – no matter what people do now – you can always relate to them because you have service experience. You kinda have that… comradery already, before even meeting the person. … it’s kind of hard to explain.. you feel more at home than you do just meeting random people.”
“It really helped me get in shape, I lost about 10 pounds”….. “I think it was a catalyst, it got me going to exercising.”
“It’s the fact that, you know, they come from the same experiences and the same kind of knowledge base as you have. And afterwards you have someone to talk to. And it’s just the mentality around playing… I feel like in the military we communicate a little differently.”
“It’s like, come here for ball hockey and beers, but in the end, you might get more benefit out of it than you expected.”
“If you just listen to people, you learn something about how to deal with, just being outside of the Canadian Forces and it was interesting hearing what everyone does and what they are doing, and how they are living in BC”.
“As soon as I met him [another participant], he was giving me some people’s phone numbers to call for work, resources, also explaining to me how there’s training available for Veterans at [post-secondary institution] – that was really helpful cause I wanted to go to [that institution] and just apply for some programs. But now that I hear this – certain programs designed for Veterans – it makes me want to pursue that area.”
“Purpose after service through sport is HUGE. Because most members, military members and anyone else who’s served in some capacity, are driven be a sense of purpose. And you know, the more I think about it, this is what attracted me to it.”
“My experience was that it was awesome – everyone was friendly, … everyone was coming together, and they were there for just the simplicity of just hanging out together.”
“I’m connected to the employment services now – the Veterans Affairs employment services – I have a meeting after this with them. They are helping me get my resume kind of ready for a certain job and interviews….. That was something that [another participant] suggested and I followed up on.”
“I had a good time, by meeting folks like me. And I enjoyed the exercising, cause it helped me get back into working out more and taking time for myself.”
“A lot of people, especially when they’re recently released from the military, they don’t know about these kind of programs. It’s good that you have the peer group where we can share this kind of information.” – talking about transition programs for Veterans
Note: Each of the above (de-identified) quotes were taken from interviews conducted as part of a program evaluation (supported by a research grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada).
Where and When Are Games Played?
Where: The Seaforth Armoury, 1650 Burrard St. Vancouver, BC
When: Every Friday evenings at 6:20pm
PLEASE NOTE: IN LIGHT OF THE CURRENT COVID-19 PANDEMIC PASS IS ON PAUSE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, AS THE ARMOURY IS CURRENTLY RESTRICTED TO ESSENTIAL ACTIVITIES. WE WILL BE IN TOUCH AS SOON AS WE GET THE GREEN LIGHT TO RESUME.