April is designated as the Month of the Military Child to recognize the important role youth play in our Military community. The Teal Up for Military Kids campaign was established by Shilo MFRC Youth Programs heads Shannon Chapman (Youth Programs Coordinator) and Stephanie Laviolette (Youth Programs Facilitator) in April 2021 which honours the resiliency of Canadian Military Children.
The colour teal was chosen because the colour includes all branches of the Military (Blue for Air Force, Green for Army and Blue/White for Navy). The Dandelion is included in the logo as it is the official flower for Military Children. It has been said that “Military Children are like dandelions as they can put down roots almost anywhere and are impossible to destroy. Just like dandelions Military children can adapt easily and bloom everywhere the wind carries them. Military children are resilient!”.
Everyone is encouraged to wear teal on Thursday April 27th, 2023. Like wearing pink for Anti-Bullying Day wearing teal is a visual representation to recognize all military children’s resiliency. Whether you wear your own teal shirt or purchase one we encourage everyone to show their support.