Douglas M. Mattila

Doug Mattila, Secretary, Project New Hope CanadaSecretary: Douglas M. Mattila (Major retired) was raised in northern British Columbia and joined the Canadian Armed Forces on 27 January 1970 at Vancouver BC as a Private (Air) Supply Technician. His Father was a World War II RCAF veteran, and his Great Grandfather a World War I Army veteran. He is an active Legion member and has served in positions for both the Northern Ontario/Manitoba Zone, and the local Legion.

During a 27 year Regular Force career, he was posted to several locations in Canada; Cornwallis NS, Bordon ON, Moose Jaw SK, Baldy Hughes BC, Yorkton SK, Royal Roads Military College, Victoria BC, Chilliwack BC, Ottawa ON, Masset, Queen Charlotte Islands BC, and 1 Canadian Air Division, Winnipeg MB. In 1998 he joined the Air Reserves, and worked with the Prairie Region Cadet Organization as the Logistics Officer, then moved to 1 Canadian Division Headquarters in charge of A1 Reserve Organization and Establishments until his retirement in 2009.

Doug is the recipient of the special Service Medal, United Nations Emergency Force Middle East Medal (Egypt), United Nations Peacekeeping Medal, the Former Yugoslavia Medal and the second clasp to the Canadian Forces Decoration. He has also been awarded the St John’s of Jerusalem Order of Priory for outstanding service in education and instruction in St John’s First Aid and health services.

Doug has also been fully trained and continuously involved in; Native Cultural Awareness, Alcohol and Other Drugs, and Gambling Awareness, Applied Suicide Prevention Skills, and the Canadian Forces Alcohol Rehabilitation Program since 1980. Doug, although retired, is presently employed with More-Lite Electric as a Safety Administrator, and also consults, implements, and administers safety programs for several other companies within the Winnipeg area.

Doug was married for 38 years to the former Anne (Nancy) Simard (deceased) of Regina, SK. He has one son, Rene who is an Administrator and Project Manager for More-Lite Electric, and one daughter, Betty-Anne who has completed her Bachelor of Science degree and is now a Safety Consultant for several construction companies.

The reason why Doug chose to participate in Project New Hope Canada was mainly to assist those Veterans and their families that are suffering from PTSD and OSI’s. Mental illness has become a major medical concern within Canada and Doug hopes to learn more about it and help others dealing with mental issues.

Doug may be contacted at

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