In 2014, the Canadian Coast Guard unveiled a patrol vessel named after Cpt. Nichola Goddard, a former Antigonish resident who served with the Canadian forces in Afghanistan and was the first woman killed in action since World War II.

TORONTO: The True Patriot Love Foundation (TPL) is pleased to announce the launch of the Captain Nichola Goddard Fund, which will provide essential programs for servicewomen, female Veterans and their families.

Formerly of Antigonish, Captain Goddard was killed at age 26 during an ambush west of Kandahar City on May 17, 2006. She was the first female Canadian soldier to die in a combat role.

TPL will work with the Goddard family to continue Nichola’s legacy, benefiting military families across the country.

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Canso Investment Counsel Ltd., a long-time supporter of True Patriot Love, made a gift of $200,000 to this fund in late October allowing immediate impact to be made in Nichola’s honour.

“We are honoured that the Goddard family has asked True Patriot Love to set up and manage a fund in Nichola’s name – a fund that will remind us of Nichola’s legacy and her love for her fellow soldiers,” said Bronwen Evans, CEO of the True Patriot Love Foundation. “Nichola reminds us that all people should have an equal opportunity to make for themselves the lives they wish to have.”

“The Captain Nichola Goddard Fund will continue Nichola’s legacy and support women during and after their service,” Sally Goddard, Mother of Nichola Goddard. “Caring for her troops in the field and when they came home was incredibly important to Nichola, and we’re excited to partner with True Patriot Love on this initiative moving forward.”

TPL is a national charity with the mission to inspire every Canadian to contribute to the resilience and wellbeing of our military and Veteran families. Since 2009, TPL has provided more than $18 million to support military families, including supporting more than 100 community-based programs across the country that address the unique challenges resulting from service including mental health, physical rehabilitation, transitioning to civilian life, and the special needs of children. In addition, TPL contributes to advancements in research and technology through its $5 million commitment to the Canadian Institute for Military and Veterans Health Research at Queen’s University. For more information, visit: www.truepatriotlove.com.