About the PASS Project

The program was developed by Dr. Mark Beauchamp (University of British Columbia: UBC), Rupert Whiting (Treble Victor Group), and veterans working in the Centre for Group Counselling & Trauma (CGCT) at UBC. The PASS program is a team effort, working in partnership with the Seaforth Highlanders (and the Commanding Officer, Lt. Col. Ed Haverstock).

Rationale and Research Background

Veterans who transition out of the military often face challenges during and after their move into civilian life, that include:

  • Identifying appropriate opportunities for employment.
  • Supporting their respective families.
  • Developing high quality social connections within their ‘new’ civilian lives.

On completion of active service, military veterans are at increased risk of diminished mental health (Blore et al., 2015, Xue et al., 2015, Bryan et al., 2015)

The importance of social connectivity and physical activity have consistently been highlighted as important means of facilitating improved mental health and quality of life among veterans (Kintzle et al., 2018).

With this in mind, the PASS program was developed to provide veterans and currently serving military with the opportunity to socially connect, take part in some regular physical activity, and provide them with supports for day-to-day living.


Blore, J.D., Sim, M.R., Forbes, A.B., Creamer, M.C., Kelsall, H.L. (2015). Depression in Gulf War veterans: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Psycholological Medicine, 45(8), 1565-80. doi: 10.1017/S0033291714001913.

Bryan, C.J. (2015). On deployment and military suicide risk. JAMA Psychiatry, 72(9):949–950. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2015.0671

Kintzle, S., Barr, N., Corletto, G., Castro, C.A. (2018) PTSD in U.S. veterans: The role of social connectedness, combat experience and discharge. Healthcare, 6, 102. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare6030102

Xue C, Ge Y, Tang B, Liu Y, Kang P, Wang M, et al. (2015) A meta-analysis of risk factors for combat-related PTSD among military personnel and veterans. PLoS ONE, 10(3): e0120270. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0120270

About Us

Dr. Mark Beauchamp, Ph.D., CPsychol, AFBPsS: Mark is a Professor in the School of Kinesiology at UBC. He grew up in a military family; his father was in the British Army (Brigade of Gurkhas) for over 30 years. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Exeter (UK), a Master’s from Queen’s University (Canada) and his Ph.D. from the University of Birmingham (UK). His research and applied interests primarily focuses on the psychology of groups within health, exercise, and sport settings.

Rupert Whiting BEng (Hons): Rupert served in the British Army for nearly ten years before moving into management consultancy.  He is the Vancouver Chapter Lead for Treble Victor, a not-for-profit organization that supports Veterans in business and those seeking a fulfilling second career after military service.  As General Manger of Scarab Digital he is actively recruiting ex-servicemen and ex-servicewomen into the film and tv industry.  A keen sportsman in the past, Rupert played rugby for many years and enjoys the friendly competitiveness of the play in the PASS program.

Katrina Waldhauser, MA: Katrina is a graduate research assistant working to support the PASS program. She is currently working towards a PhD in Kinesiology and her research focuses on leadership, group dynamics, and physical activity behaviour. She enjoys applying sport psychology research in her work as a mental performance consultant with the UBC Thunderbirds.

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